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News posted on Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Philip White on 'Sauvignon rank'
"One of my favourite Adelaide Hills Sauvignon blanc wines was made by Tim Knappstein about 30 years ago. It was mainly Semillon. Australians love it. Sauvignon blanc is our biggest-selling white. Drink enough of it and I reckon you’d start to smell like mutton." Source, InDaily.

Jervis Bay is the capital of Rose
With Monday being International Rosé Day a major online direct to consumer supplier of wine released sales data that reveals people living in the 2540 postcode order more Rosé from it than any other postcode in Australia. Source, Illawarra Mercury.

It's time to talk collaboration
Kristina Georgiou is starting a discussion she thinks important for Australian wine producers to have. Her new Wine Australia-funded Incubator Initiative project will look at the potential for smaller wineries to collaborate to reduce or share costs in the supply chain, particularly around cold chain logistics. Source, Wine Australia.

Innovation grant applications open
Grant applications are now open for the 2018 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (viticulture & oenology included). If you’re 18-35, this is your chance to apply for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue that will benefit Australia’s primary industries. Source, Australian Government.

CSU winery wins six medals
The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Boutique Winery is celebrating after its entire range won medals at the 2017 Australian and New Zealand Boutique Wine Show in Sydney. The six medals, including two gold, come only months after CSU launched its new boutique wines. Source, Charles Sturt Univeristy.

New head of wine school for EIT
Up for a new challenge, Sue Ross has taken over as head of EIT’s School of Viticulture and Wine Science at a time of significant change. In her first week in the role, Sue joined a team of senior managers and educators heading to China to finalise an agreement for EIT to teach a wine science programme at Qilu University of Technology in China. Source, Winetitles.

Rimu Grove Chardonnay
"Everyone at our table preferred the Rimu Grove both as a wine and with the food, so it just goes to show Nelson wine producers make wine that can hold its head high with the rest of the world. I asked Meg Matthews, the marketing manager for Wine Nelson why Nelson wine is so good. She told me there are many factors "but the true secret difference for this region is family," writes Neil Hodgson for Stuff.

Wine could solve writers block
For years, writers have claimed that there is a positive link between drinking and creativity. Now, researchers from the University of Graz might have found a scientific proof to back the anecdotal theory that wine can solve writer’s block. A study published in Consciousness & Cognition by Dr Mathias Benedek examined the effects of ‘mild alcohol intoxication’ on creative cognition. Source, Decanter.

The 10 most expensive wines in the world
Fine wine has been one of the best performing asset classes of the last 20 years, and with some bottles fetching thousands of pounds at auction, buying high-end cases could be the answer to an early retirement. But what should we be looking for? Source, The Telegraph.

Burgundy's smallest Grand Cru
"The entire Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet vineyard produces well under 400 cases a year, split among numerous makers, of which Fontaine-Gagnard is perhaps the largest, with a whopping 100 cases/year, depending on the vintage." Source, Forbes.

How do winemakers combat heatwaves?
Heatwaves in vineyards – What are the risks? Winemakers need to know how to tackle unexpected heat, as shown by the recent ‘Lucifer’ heatwave hitting southern Europe, and record-breaking high temperatures in Oregon and down the US west coast. Source, Decanter.

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