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News posted on Thursday, 17 March 2016

Retail liquor industry worth $16.2bn
The new State of the Industry Report from the Australian Liquor Stores Association and IRi has revealed that Australia’s take-away packaged liquor sector is currently valued at $16.2 billion. The report, which has been released by ALSA and IRi today, provides a detailed analysis of Australia’s retail liquor market, giving retailers much-needed information about what is happening in the industry.

Talking Point: Pop the cork on our bubbles
FOR some time now, Tasmanian sparkling wines have been declared, by people who should know, to rival the quality of Champagne. Australian wine judge James Halliday encouraged us by describing House of Arras sparkling wines as having “the complexity, texture and structure ... akin to Bollinger RD and Krug”.

Champagne tastes: The true costs of Sydney City's wine list revealed
With bottles of the best Australian and imported wine on the menu, it seems Sydney City councillors have expensive tastes. Seven News has taken a look at the council’s cellar list and discovered it is worth much more than Mayor Clover Moore and her councillors have recorded. Penfold’s is one of Australia’s most famous luxury brands and, for most of us, drinking a bottle of Grange remains an unattainable luxury.

Jeff McWilliam talks about becoming CEO and the company's future
Following its return to 100 per cent family ownership in late 2014, McWilliam's Wines has appointed chairman and fifth-generation family member Jeff McWilliam to the role of CEO, to replace outgoing CEO, Robert Blackwell. As McWilliam prepares to take the helm in July, he speaks to TheShout about the future direction of the business. “Me stepping up to the CEO role has been in the planning for quite some time.”

Winemakers welcome Government commitment to bring in ‘effects test’
Government proposed changes to the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA) aimed at encouraging healthy competition in the market have been given the tick of approval by The Winemakers’ Federation of Australia (WFA). Paul Evans, WFA chief executive, said the changes included adopting an ‘effects test’ to strengthen competition law and protect businesses against those with the power to misuse their market dominance.

Top dollar for three decades' worth of New Zealand's premier red wine
The single most complete collection of Coleraine wine, dating back to its inception more than 30 years ago, has been auctioned off in Auckland for well over its valuation. The highest bidder was Air New Zealand, which nabbed the 'vertical' (one bottle from every year it was made) for $4800 at Webb's Auction house on Tuesday evening. Webb's fine wine expert Reece Warren said Air New Zealand planned to use the collection for promotional purposes as part of its Great Wines of New Zealand programme.

Marlborough wine industry needs more workers to sustain rapid growth
More labour and accommodation is needed to service the Marlborough wine industry, which is predicted to grow by a quarter over the next five years, a new report shows. The Marlborough Labour Market Survey, released on Monday, was organised by Wine Marlborough, in collaboration with New Zealand Winegrowers, the Marlborough District Council and Seasonal Solutions Co-operative Limited.

UK Budget 2016: Wine trade disappointed to be ‘singled out’
UK chancellor George Osborne has left the wine trade 'deeply disappointed' by announcing that wine duty tax will rise with inflation – whilst beer, cider and spirits levies will be frozen. Miles Beale, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA), said ‘We are disappointed that 30m wine consumers have been singled out for a duty rise.’

Joe Wadsack named IWSC wine communicator of the year
Wine consultant, broadcaster and writer Joe Wadsack has been named the recipient of the International Wine and Spirit Competition’s 2016 Wine Communicator of the Year trophy – the second time he has received the accolade. Sponsored by Vinitaly, the annual trophy recognises an individual for their exceptional contribution towards increasing consumer awareness of wine.

South Africa winemakers face poor harvest
As South Africa’s agricultural sector struggles with the effects of last year’s devastating drought, its winemakers have also been grappling with the effects of searing heat that hit the country’s vineyards. South Africa last year suffered the worst drought since records began in 1904, and many parts of the country, including large parts of the wine-producing region based predominantly in the west, remain without much precipitation.

What kind of pink will China drink?
It’s no secret that the wine drunk in China is, overwhelmingly, red. Chinese tradition has it that red is a prosperous color. Red wines Some Chinese drinkers see red wine as having health benefits, good for the skin or for blood circulation. Wine consumption is often a social status-building move in China, and with few exceptions red wines (like red Bordeaux, infamously) rank higher on the prestige scales than whites.

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