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News posted on Friday, 17 July 2015

New Zealand winery celebrates a Milestone event
Chuck Byers, wine writer, recently attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the Milestone restaurant chain. Milestone’s marketing and public relations specialist, Lindsay Kirsh, met Byers at Milestone’s Yonge and Dundas location and introduced him to the ‘Bringing Tasty Back’ theme. Kim Crawford, together with parent company Constellation Brands, was the winery in the spotlight, and rightly so.

Aston Martin teams up with Dom Pérignon
The Italian arm of British sports car manufacturer Aston Martin has teamed up with Dom Pérignon to offer a luxury Champagne extra that James Bond would be proud of. Taking luxury to another level, Aston Martin Milano has partnered with Dom Pérignon to offer buyers of its Milano Rapide S sports car the optional extra of having a bespoke Champagne cellar installed into the boot.

Cool climate Australian Shiraz still a ‘hard sell’, says Paringa owner
Mornington Peninsula's potential for cool climate Australian Shiraz should not be ignored as the region's reputation for Pinot Noir rises, but consumers need more convincing, says the owner of Paringa Estate. Shiraz is still strongly associated with Barossa in Australia, and all of the spicy, ripe and jammy character that entails. But, many Australian winemakers argue that Shiraz is quite the chameleon in their country.

Decanter to host second Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter
Decanter will return to the Ritz-Carlton in Pudong on 28 November for its second edition of the Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter. The first Decanter Shanghai Fine Wine Encounter was described as ‘the best wine show of the year in China’ and drew plaudits from visitors and exhibitors alike. News of the second edition was announced on July 15 at a press conference in Shanghai and hosted by Decanter’s publishing director, Sarah Kemp.

Wine shoppers bustle to claim Treasury CEO Mike Clarke's $3000 mega-fridge
A steady stream of wine buyers are shelling out more than $500 on bottles of Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Wynns wines so they can buy a steeply discounted large-scale wine fridge normally worth $3000, in early signs that an expanded high-risk promotion by Treasury Wine Estates chief executive Mike Clarke is paying off. Campbell Stott, general manager of Woolworths' Dan Murphys superstore chain, said in the first two weeks of the Treasury Wines promotion his chain had been surprised at the number of shoppers choosing to trade up

Lehmann’s David-Franz red rose takes fruit from many vines
IF there’s just one wine that captures the agrarian spirit of the Barossa Valley, it’s David Lehmann’s astonishing Red Rose. The unusual wine, sold under the artisan David-Franz label, realises what David, son of the Margaret and the late Peter Lehmann, calls one of his “dearest oenological dreams” — to make a wine from more than 100 different varieties.

Margaret River's Domaine Naturaliste scores UK deal with Aussie Rules
Specialist Australian wine importer Aussie Rules is adding Margaret River producer Domaine Naturaliste to its portfolio. The producer won Margaret River regional trophies at this year's International Wine Challenge for its Artus 2013 Chardonnay and Sauvage Sauvignon Blanc- Semillon from the same vintage. Aussie Rules will be importing both along with other wines from all three of Domaine Naturaliste's price tiers.

Accolade lists top three UK on-trade wines
Wine brands Stowells, Jack Rabbit and Hardys are the current top three most popular wines in the UK on-trade, according to the latest report by CGA Strategy. Figures released by CGA on wine brand performance to the end of June reveal the trio to be the most popular in the UK off-trade. All three of the wines are distributed by Accolade Wines.

Why it pays producers to promote a signature wine
You can name a wine after its grape, where it comes from, or both, as in Argentine malbec. While there's a risk of promoting uniformity, regions that don't do this, such as Chile, lack signature wines. Some regions have done this with resounding success: for many people, the name "Marlborough" is merely the first half of the phrase "Marlborough sauvignon blanc". Cabernet sauvignon, although grown in virtually every region of California, has a special affinity with the name Napa.

More people buy wine online than at cellar door
In an industry flooded with different labels, standing out from the crowd is a hard ask. For Kirsten Hardiker, from Cannibal Creek Vineyard in west Gippsland, tapping into the one in five people who have bought wine online recently is a work in progress. "It's definitely important to have that presence. We're probably not taking advantage of it, like we could. It's a time thing, and having the skill to do that... but we're definitely still working on it."

Young viticulturists test skills
Reigning champion Brenton O'Riley and former multiple winner Matt Duggan are among the finalists lining up for best young viticulturist of Marlborough. The 2015 Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year winner will be as adept at presenting a speech to an audience as they are at backing a tractor through a narrow vineyard row. Event co-ordinator Samantha Young said the competition attracted a high calibre of entrants throughout the country.

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