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News posted on Friday, 17 June 2016

‘Technological showcase’ for wine industry
Two of Australia’s leading digital providers for the wine industry have announced the first in a series of country-wide events showcasing the latest technological trends and product solutions for grapegrowers and winemakers. BlackSquare, a global provider of DTC solutions and Vintrace, who specialise in cloud based production software, are hosting the events which kick off in the Yarra Valley on July 7.

Impact of the ‘Brexit’ on Australian wine exports
Published in the May-June issue of the Wine & Viticulture Journal, Angelica Crabb looks at the ‘what ifs’ ahead of Thursday’s referendum in which voters in the UK will decide whether Britain should exit from the European Union. In February 2016, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced that a referendum on whether or not Britain would remain in the European Union will be held on Thursday 23 June 2016.

Another Successful Year for Australian Court of Master Sommeliers Graduates
Once again, sommeliers from around Australia have sat the Introductory and Certified Sommelier Examinations held in Sydney on June 10th 2016, with much success. Established in 1977, the Court of Master Sommeliers is the most esteemed vocational body for the industry, hosting the programme annually in participating countries around the globe. The first Court of Master Sommelier courses were held in Australia in 2008. Since then in Australia 789 sommeliers have participated in the examinations.

Culinary elite enjoy Australian fine wine during World’s 50 Best celebrations
Australian fine wine has been toasted in New York this week at a number of events celebrating the 2016 World’s 50 Best Restaurants and the announcement that Melbourne will host the awards in 2017. Close to 1000 of the world’s culinary elite were guests at both the official World’s 50 Best Awards ceremony held at Cipriani on Sunday night.

50ml glasses of wine enough, health board says
Nelson's health board has defended its decision to fight for tiny tots of wine in a seven-course degustation. Wellington chef Martin Bosley, who is preparing food for a seven-course degustation meal at Te Awhina Marae, said it was "ridiculous" that each of the courses would be served with just 50ml of wine. The marae had wanted to serve 100ml glasses, then 75ml, but had to drop it to 50ml after negotiations with the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board.

Marlborough wineries in expansion mode to meet growing international demand
Marlborough wine companies are in expansion mode, planting vineyards and applying for resource consents to expand their wineries. The demand for New Zealand wine, which has seen exports double since 2008, has put the industry in an optimistic state of mind, with many wine companies planning for future growth. Wine Marlborough general manager Marcus Pickens said winery expansions and the rise in resource consents was led by increased plantings, which was in turn driven by demand.

Majestic aims to be the Apple Store of wine
Speaking to db in an interview, the new md of Majestic Retail John Colley said the wine specialist had developed an operational business plan based on the vision put forward by CEO Rowan Gormley last November, adopting ideas and input from staff across the business. The company’s new stated aim to be the nation’s favourite wine specialists, and Colley drew a parallel with the effective way the Apple Store has built and maintains loyalty with its customer-base by focusing on what it sees as its usp – its in-store experience.

Moet Hennessy has high ambition for Ao Yun red wine from China’s Yunnan highlands
Team producing HK$2,600-a-bottle cabernet blend in one of the remotest parts of the country with help of Tibetan farmers aim to deliver the greatest wine in China and make it world-class. In a function room at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Jean-Guillaume Prats, president of Moet Hennessy Estates & Wines, presents a dramatic video of swirling white clouds over snow-capped mountains, long-haired yaks, old women in colourful dress, and terraced hills.

Bordeaux Wine Festival launches soon
The upcoming Bordeaux Wine Festival—Fête le Vin 2016 (June 23-26)—differs from other high profile wine events in this region (such as Vinexpo, or the annual “en primeur” tastings) because it will take place along a public waterfront, and is intended for all to enjoy. Representatives from dozens of wine châteaux will pour sips of their beloved nectar to the public along a strip of the Garonne riverfront a mile and a quarter long.

Government invests $856,000 in Ontario's wine industry
To celebrate Ontario Wine Week, the Ontario government and the Government of Canada are investing in a Prince Edward County winery as part of a larger $856,000 investment to help Ontario wineries to expand their production, grow their brand recognition and leverage new economic opportunities. Hardie Wines Limited, also known as Norman Hardie Winery has received over $43,000 under the Growing Forward 2 initiative.

VIC100 Wine Awards call for entries
Entries are now open to Victorian winemakers for the 2016 VIC100 Wine Awards. The annual VIC100 identifies the top 100 wines of the year, as well as regional winners and the coveted VIC ONE – the year’s hero of Victorian wine. Nick Stock, VIC100 Curator, is returning with the challenging job of overseeing the judging of all wines entered, and narrowing it down to the top 100.

Newton: Wines in motion
After winning New Zealand’s Young Winemaker of the Year Award for the second time in a row, Mudbrick’s Patrick Newton has firmly positioned himself as a force to be reckoned with in the winemaking community. Emily Reynolds caught up with the family man about travelling the world, landing his dream job and the best time of the year to catch some swell on Waiheke Island.

Newton: Wines in motion
After winning New Zealand’s Young Winemaker of the Year Award for the second time in a row, Mudbrick’s Patrick Newton has firmly positioned himself as a force to be reckoned with in the winemaking community. Emily Reynolds caught up with the family man about travelling the world, landing his dream job and the best time of the year to catch some swell on Waiheke Island.

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