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News posted on Monday, 16 January 2017

Grenache, the toughest grape in the world
It survives in inhospitable terrain and its wines are too often undervalued. Grape vines of all kinds can cope with the most extraordinarily difficult and extreme environments. But few varieties of this tenacious plant are as tough as grenache, aka garnacha in Spain. It can survive, even thrive, in some of the dustiest corners of the wine world, roots plunged many feet deep into inhospitable terrain seeking out moisture. The wonder of grenache is that the meagre crops of fruit produced by vines which can be anything up to 100 years old create some of the most vivacious wines around.

Aussies pay the price for bad habits
Australia has been ranked the third most expensive country in the world to buy drugs, alcohol and cigarettes, according to the Bloomberg Vice Index. The same “basket” of goods — tobacco, alcohol, amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine and opioids — will cost you just $US41.40 in Laos and a staggering $US1,441.50 in Japan. The index compares the cost of the basket of goods as a share of average weekly income, with the US used as a benchmark. In the US, the goods cost almost $US400, or about one third of the average weekly income.

Penfolds win an encouraging sign for Aus businesses in China
A court victory that will allow Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) to use its preferred transliteration for Penfolds in China is being seen as a landmark victory. The decision in the Beijing High People's Court found an intellectual property (IP) squatter, who had registered the "Ben Fu" trademark in 2009, failed to make genuine use of it. The court ruled the trademark be cancelled, allowing TWE to use the branding freely for its wines in China. "This decision … demonstrates China's commitment to a strong IP system and fair judiciary," David Bennett, the new IP counsellor at Beijing's Australian Embassy, said.

Australia takes on South Africa in new Tri Nations Wine Challenge
On a visit to South Africa three years ago Roger Jones came up with an idea to highlight the wines from his three favourite wine countries, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Given his Michelin Star status he also decided to throw some culinary finesse into the concept. And that’s how the Tri Nations Wine Challenges was born. On Friday night the latest round was hosted at The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, with South Africa wining 4:2. South Africa are currently at the top of the table, the next event is being held at Craggy Range in Hawkes Bay on Tuesday 7th February and will involve South Africa and New Zealand.

Bleasdale winery smashes multiple wine shows
Asking a clutch of wine industry folk to discuss the worth of wine show bling and the veracity of various judging processes is the wine biz’s equivalent of a UFC cage-fighting championship. Everyone has a strong opinion. There are so many shows, trophies and medals doing the rounds that they have decreasing impact on communicators, and arguably consumers. But when one humble Langhorne Creekwine keeps popping up in the past year at multiple trophy ceremonies across the country you have to take notice.

New Zealand’s biggest wine event to hit wellington
The global wine trade will converge on New Zealand’s north island later this month for the country’s “most significant wine event” – Pinot Noir NZ 2017. Held every four years, with the Sauvignon Blanc NZ event taking place in intervening years, the three-day event attracts a wealth of winemakers, influencers and journalists to Wellington to debate and celebrate the success and future of one of New Zealand biggest exports. The sold out event includes a line-up of speakers from Japan, the United States, Australia and the UK, including Jancis Robinson MW, actor and NZ winemaker Sam Neil, the world’s only Master of Wine and Sake Ken Ohashi, and Tool frontman and winery owner Maynard James Keenan.

New Zealand needs brand new story
As overseas consumers of New Zealand food become more diverse in their requirements, the need for a "NZ story" that compels them to continue eating and drinking Kiwi dairy, meat, fruit, wine and other edible exports is increasing. And this need has become more urgent as foreign competitors have ramped up their efforts to pitch their products in the same markets our primary sector supplies. Ireland's Origin Green initiative has a high profile among these rivals. Setting high standards for sustainability and animal welfare, it is achieving major buy in across the farming and processing sector and winning the hearts and minds of the Irish public along the way.

This year, the wine industry should drink like the 99%
2017 is rolling in fresh and clean. Like every new year, this one brings with it that powerful urge to be off with the old trends and on with the new. What will this year bring for the wine industry? A look back over some recent trends may give us an idea. The 1990s brought us the rise of organic wine. As the USDA’s National Organic program went into effect, wine got an organic certification that consumers could look for as they began seeking out environmentally sound wine. As the organic wine movement stabilized, this trend morphed into a new one: the biodynamic wine trend. The wine world went back in time, utilizing the practices of philosopher Rudolf Steiner, father of the first organic movement ever.

Wine and Weed Coming Together In Sonoma
The Wine Industry Network (WIN), in Healdsburg, CA. was created specifically to connect wine industry professionals with wine industry vendors and service providers. On January 12, 2017 WIN released a notice to the trade announcing the first ever Wine and Weed Symposium. It's a conference aimed at developing cohabitation among Calfornia wine and cannabis producers. This is a serious effort first, to recognize that wine and cannabis production have a great deal in common and second, to find out what those commonalities are and how each industry may hinder, but more importantly, help and support the other.

This startup is taking the mystery out of wine pricing
Mark Tarlov, a 64-year-old winemaker, aims to do with his new venture, Alit, for wine what Everlane has done for cashmere sweaters: eliminate distributors and retailers to bring what would traditionally be a $60-100 bottle of wine to online customers for a fraction of the cost. Also like Everlane, he wants to upend the status quo by publicly declaring his input costs—crafting the story of how he spends those dollars into an accessible course in wine appreciation. “Understanding why wine costs what it costs gives you a sense of what is valuable,” says Tarlov. “The calculus is: How much pleasure do I get for how much money?”

A Tour through Putin's Wine Cellar
Outside of Moldova’s capital of Chisinau lies Cricova, the second-largest wine cellar in the world. The stuff of legends, Cricova is more of an underground city than a cellar, occupying over 820,000 feet of space while extending over 75 miles. Situated 262 feet underground at it’s deepest point, the sprawling former limestone mine is a labyrinth that houses over 1.25 million bottles of wine, including its own brand of sparkling wine. Putin stores his private collection in these chalky corridors and chose the site for his 50th birthday celebration. But Putin is not the only world leader with a penchant for this wine cellar.

Trademark Protection & Disputes?
There is little or no wine brand value without trademark protection and it’s unwise to invest in your brand without it. Protection gives you the secure right to sell your wine without interference from third parties; enables you to sell your brand rights; and stops another winery from selling wine under your name. With infringement enforcement you should consider the legal issues, prospects of success and likely legal costs. So advice from 30-year specialist wine sector lawyer Mark Hamilton will save time and cost by cutting to the real issues quickly and cost efficiently. Call Mark on 0412 842 359 [email protected]

Give a Boost to Your Brand in US market. Become an Exhibitor at 2017 USA Trade Tasting and Grow Your Brand.
If you are looking to grow your distribution in US market, USATT is the perfect platform to help you connect with state distributors, importers and retailers of USA. Book your exhibitor spot by January 20 and get 2 free conference tickets included. (Only Few Spots Left).

From Ashton Adelaide Hills Grapes—Italian Varieties
GI Piccadilly Valley: Barbera approx 3 tonnes; Dolcetto approx 3 tonnes; Cortese approx 3 tonnes; Pinot grigio approx 3 tonnes (sold). All hand picked in half tonne bins; Price $3,000 .00 per tonne ex vine yard. Also Adelaide Plains shiraz available--$1200.00 per tonne (Approx 30 tonnes) Adelaide Plains merlot available--$1000.00 per tonne (Approx 30 tonnes) All prices Ex Vineyard; Fruit picked into buyers bins. Call Joe 0418844663





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