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News posted on Thursday, 16 June 2016

Wine consumption up in Oz but overall alcohol down as young Australians opt for “abstinence”
New figures suggest that “abstinence” in young Australians is behind the recent nose-dive in alcohol consumption across the country – although wine consumption is on the up. According to figures published last week, Australia has reached the lowest level per capita consumption since the 1960s, but wine continues to gain traction in the market.

Crush result down for Murray Valley growers indicative results find
PRELIMINARY crush results for the Murray Valley wine- grape growing region are down 10-15 per cent, according to Wine Australia. The results were discussed by Wine Australia manager for market insights Peter Bailey at the Murray Valley Winegrowers forum, held near Mildura last week. Bailey said 250,000 tonnes of the crush had been received so far and while crush results were down, prices were up.

Wine & Viticulture Journal releases 30th anniversary issue
Australia’s Wine & Viticulture Journal celebrates 30 years of publishing with the release of its May-June issue this week. To celebrate its three decades publishing articles on grapegrowing, winemaking and wine marketing and exporting, the Journal’s 30th anniversary issue, with its special cover design, features three contributions from members of the industry reflecting on some of the changes that have taken place during the publication’s lifetime:

Banning Aldi booze implies we're all alcoholics in WA
Closer scrutiny of the cheapest alcohol available at Western Australia's major liquor retailers shows Aldi has every right to appeal a decision to reject its application to sell booze at one of its stores. The director of Liquor Licensing rejected the German supermarket giant's bid to sell alcohol at its Harrisdale store, one of a number of Aldi's soon to open in Perth, because it believed its booze was so cheap it would cause more harm to public health than rival competitors owned by established conglomerates Woolworths and Coles.

Foley Family Wines pays growers early for record 2016 vintage
Foley Family Wines, the NZAX-listed company majority owned by US businessman Bill Foley, will bring forward the final payment to its grape growers for its 2016 vintage, reflecting the strength of its balance sheet. The winemaker will pay growers the final instalment in May instead of July as it benefits from a 31% increase in the 2016 grape harvest to a record 6954 tonnes, it said in a statement.

Marlborough District Council backs proposed wine research centre
The Marlborough District Council has set aside a substantial kitty to help drive regional development over the next five years. Councillors have unanimously backed a proposed world-class wine research centre in Blenheim to the tune of $75,000 this year and a further $150,000 a year for five years. They have also increased the Marlborough Research Centre's funding from $110,000 to $250,000.

What the hell is blue wine?
It’s all the rage in Spain. There’s red wine, white wine, even pink wine. But now thanks to six young Spanish entrepreneurs, in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country and Azti Tecnalia (the food research department of the Basque Government), blue wine—which targets millennial drinkers—is about to hit European markets.

Microbes in pressed grapes may predict flavour metabolites in the finished wine
The microbial mix found in grape juice during the winemaking process may help shape the terroir of a finished wine, report food scientists at the University of California, Davis. In a study published in the May/June issue of mBio, an online open-access journal from the American Society of Microbiology, the researchers found that the microorganisms found in must - freshly-pressed grape juice, before fermentation - can be used as biomarkers to predict which metabolites will be found in the finished wine.

$6 Walmart Wine Ranked Among the Best in the World
Wine drinkers who love a great bargain should take note of this award-winning brand that you can easily pick up on your next grocery shopping trip. When you think of fine wine, you probably don’t consider the bottles you find on shelves at Walmart. Surprisingly enough, Decanter World Wine Awards just named La Moneda Reserva’s Malbec, a wine sold in the big box store, as its Platinum Best in Show.

Burgundy merchant raided over wine fraud
Maison Béjot Vins et Terroirs' CEO has resigned after a raid by customs officers in April following suspicions that fraudulent Burgundy wines were being produced. In April, the French media reported that the Burgundy negociant Maison Béjot was being investigated on suspicion of mixing Burgundy wines with those of other French AOCs; a practice which is strictly forbidden under French law.

Entries open for the 25th NSW Small Winemakers Show
Entries are now open for NSW Small Winemakers Show 2016, which celebrates its 25th year of competition. To celebrate, organisers have invited back some of their favourite judges and chairmen of the past 25 years. Mike De Iuliis of De Iuliis Wines will be returning as Chairman of Judges for the third year. De Iuliis said he feels the show is more relevant today than it has ever been.

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