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News posted on Thursday, 16 April 2015

Water and Australia's wine industry
With over 2500 wine producers in Australia, the wine industry has a significant role to play in our economy. Being particularly vulnerable to water shortages, it is crucial for the wine industry to realise the importance of implementing long-term water management strategies. Research into the long-term implications associated with water management on Australian wine supply chains has been recently completed by Accounting and Sustainability Expert at Macquarie University, Professor Roger Burritt.

Yalumba puts on show for WA wine lovers
Yalumba presented the North Cottesloe Food and Wine Expo in Perth on Sunday, showcasing a selection of the Barossa winery’s current release leading wines, as well as labels from Western Australia, France, Spain, Italy and Victoria. The 2012 Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon and 2009 Yalumba Steeple Vineyard Shiraz were among two of the most popular wines on the day, alongside the 2013 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay.

T’Gallant restaurant, winery for sale
THE popular T’Gallant restaurant in Main Ridge is for sale as part of owner Treasury Wine Estates’ cost-cutting plan. Up for grabs is the restaurant and the T’Gallant’s winery interests. About eight hectares of grapes are grown at the 16-hectare Mornington-Flinders Rd property but wine is no longer made there. Grapes from all over southeastern Australia are marketed under the T’Gallant label. The vineyard–restaurant has had a chequered career over the past decade or so, having been fined for permit breaches when owned by Foster’s Brewing Group.

QLD winemaker wins dux
The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) have named Jessica Ferguson, Sirromet Wines assistant winemaker, as dux of the 35th Advanced Wine Assessment Course. Having topped the class in statistical scores, verbal skills and group interaction, Ferguson has been offered a place as an associate judge for the 2015 Royal Queensland Wine Show (RQWS), to be held in June – a highly sought after position due to the very limited places available.

A sweet lament: The riesling backlash begins
Sommeliers keep pushing sweet Riesling but it is varietal suicide, Jason Wilson claims. This will be the first June in seven years that we won't be besieged by the relentless Summer of Riesling campaign. No more fake "RIESLING" tattoos; no more mediocre bars offering three cheap, off-dry Kabinett wines on the happy-hour menu to entice wannabe hipsters. No more evangelical somms scolding us to drink Rieslings that no wine lover in Germany or Austria would fancy.

Wine industry booms again
The New Zealand wine industry is firmly on the rebound after a torrid period following the Global Financial Crisis, where winegrowers' returns plummeted despite an overall growth in export volumes. Wine exports reached record highs again last month, earning almost $1.4 billion for the calendar year - an 8.2 per cent increase from 2013. Crowe Horwarth's resident wine expert, Alistair King, says that strong performances aren't just limited to the international market.

Kiwis can't get enough of Hawke's Bay Bordeaux
It's not uncommon in Europe to come across a wine style that is almost entirely and very happily lapped up by the local populace. Because of this, you rarely see these wines beyond their home turf. Our young wine culture and export focus are against such a thing happening here in quite the same way. But there is one style that is a little similar – lower-priced Hawke's Bay Bordeaux varietals and blends.

Tesco to restructure wine buying team and bring in a new MW to help lead
Tesco is said to be announcing a number of changes to its wine buying team including bringing back James Davis MW from Greene King and a series of redundancies, according to a report on harpers.co.uk sister publication Off Licence News. James Davis MW is currently a senior buyer for Greene King and has been with the company for more than seven years. His new role at Tesco is said to be reporting directly to head of Tesco’s BWS, Gavin Warburton.

Double standards in California
“California Puts Mandatory Curbs on Water Use" reports the April 2 front page of the New York Times. "Steps to Confront Record-Setting Drought," a headline reads. The article describes Gov. Jerry Brown's executive order—California's first time restricting water use. A 25 per cent reduction over the next year is required of residents and many businesses. But wait. "Owners of large farms . . . will not fall under the 25 per cent guideline," reads another story.

Wine, etc.: Importers scour the globe for marketable wines
Shopping for a wine isn't as simple as it used to be. Since the invention of the plane, the selection of wines imported to the United States has continued to grow at a dizzying rate. The limited handful of European wines that we saw on shelves 35 years ago has grown to thousands of brands today. So, it's understandable why consumers are baffled by the array of choices. Just how to you select which ones to buy?

Irrigation effects on wine
Regulated deficit irrigation strategies can improve fruit quality by producing smaller berries, but does it affect the chemical and sensory properties of the wine? Washington State University researchers found that the moderate regulated deficit irrigation strategies generally followed by wine grape growers and more severe deficit irrigation both positively impact the fruity aroma components of red wine. Wines from the more severe irrigation regimes also had the highest colour saturation.

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