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News posted on Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Yalumba shifts online focus to storytelling with new site
Yalumba has launched a completely reworked online presence to share stories with customers from around the globe. Launched to staff and club members of the Yalumba Wine Room on Friday, the rebooted site has a strong focus on photography and video of the company’s wines, winemakers, cooperage, nursery and wine room along with a blog. Nick Waterman, Yalumba managing director, said the revamp was in response to consumer demand for an innovative online presence, and reflected the competitive nature of the global wine industry.

Bay chardonnay tops world
Hawke's Bay winemaker Hugh Crichton has claimed the King of Chardonnay crown. His Vidal Legacy Chardonnay 2012 has received the International Chardonnay Trophy at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) in London. The awards are the world's largest and most influential wine competition. More than 16,000 wines were judged by a panel of 240 experts including some of the world's greatest winemakers, sommeliers and masters of wine.

Air NZ defends claims it is stingy with wine
Air New Zealand will broaden the range of wine in premium cabins as it pushes back on claims it is being stingy topping up glasses in the back of the plane. Passengers have complained in several letters to the Herald's Travel magazine that the airline of holding back on wine during flights, one questioning whether it wanted to be known as "the Scrooge of the sky."

Separating fake from fine wine
Judging whether a wine is worthless or worth thousands might sound like a pretty good gig. Better still, Maureen Downey says she created the job for herself, and is paid hundreds of dollars an hour to separate fine from fake wine. There is one drawback. "Unfortunately, tasting is not part of what I do," sighs Downey. "We can't verify via the contents of the bottle. For one thing, if you were to open a bottle, you destroy it, so authenticating at that point is kind of useless. I'm often the thirstiest person in the wine industry."

Climate change in the vineyard
A winemaker walks into a barber shop and sits in the barber’s chair. The barber notices the winemaker looks sad and asks, “Andre, why are you looking so glum?” Andre replies, “Due to climate change, the temperatures are rising in Burgundy, France. That’s created an unprecedented streak of great vintages, about a decade’s worth, in fact.” “That’s good,” says the barber. “No, that’s bad. The popularity of Burgundy has swelled worldwide demand to such an extent that prices for many these wines have skyrocketed beyond what most wine lovers can afford.”

Government urged to give state’s wines a boost
THE state government should be doing more to help Tasmanian wineries export their product to the world, according to international marketing body Wine Australia. On the final day of the Wine Tasmania annual conference, Wine Australia stakeholder engagement manager Ali Lockwood said it was critical to get the state’s fine wines on the international market.

Top 10 biggest drinks industry acquisitions
With Chinese buyers snapping up Bordeaux châteaux at a rate of knots, continued consolidation among former rivals and big brewers eying up their craft counterparts, the drinks world is ever-changing. Last week rumours were rife that AB InBev could be preparing a takeover bid for Diageo, a deal that would bring together the world’s biggest producers. The rumour mill went into overdrive after a prominent columnist in Brazil claimed that the country’s richest man, billionaire Jorge Paulo Lemann, might be thinking about putting together a takeover bid for the world’s largest premium alcoholic drinks company.

Online wine sales at 5% worldwide but on the rise
Online wine sales accounted for a mere five percent of global sales of whites and reds and roses last year but are expected to rise sharply, according to a study released Monday at France's Vinexpo wine fair. Cellars and stores still account for the vast majority of wine purchases worldwide but online sales, amounting to $6 billion, have become a crucial channel for sales with an around sixfold increase since 2006, said Bordeaux's Kedge Business School.

High-end wine, lifestyle monthly launches in English, Chinese
A high-end monthly magazine and website available in English and Chinese titled "Le Pan" launched in France's wine mecca Bordeaux on Monday at the world's biggest wine fair, Vinexpo. Based in Hong Kong, the wine-focused glossy will be destined for monied globe-trotters and will be headed by Asia's first Master of Wine, Jeannie Cho Lee, reflecting the region's growing taste for wine and luxury living.

June 2015 Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine out now
The June 2015 issue of the Grapegrower & Winemaker magazine is out now – and is available online for all subscribers. This month features an in-depth WineTech 2015 preview which provides a full list of products and services available at the trade show, along with information on events and seminars. The annual vintage report continues as we move the focus to New Zealand with a wrap up of harvest conditions across the North and South Islands.

Adelaide wine shines on world stage
The world’s biggest wine show, the Decanter World Wine Awards has named Sidewood Estate’s 2013 Mappinga Reserve Shiraz as the Best International Rhone Varietal over £15. The Adelaide Hill’s winery was the first to win an award in this category and said the wine boasts 100% Adelaide Hill’s fruit. Sidewood’s Mappinga Reserve Shiraz range was no stranger to success with the label’s 2012 vintage also winning a number of national and international awards including Winestate’s Bang Bros Trophy for Top 5 Australian and New Zealand Shiraz of 2013.

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