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News posted on Monday, 17 July 2017

Central Otago Young Vit of the Year
Congratulations to Annabel Bulk from Felton Road who has become the Bayer Central Otago Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017.

National Farm Safety Week
As 2017 National Farm Safety Week gets underway, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, has encouraged farmers and rural workers to keep their safety, health and wellbeing front and centre all year round. Source, Winetitles.

SA's new mildmannered red wine hero
"You'll find elsewhere in this august newspaper today my Top 100 Wines which in its winter edition leans naturally towards red wines, from bargain buys through to the luxury and super-premium styles." writes Tony Love for The Source SA.

McGuigan Wines crowned winery of the year
McGuigan Wines has been crowned Australian Winery of the Year at the prestigious New York International Wine Competition. At the competition, McGuigan took home three Double Gold medals, six silver and seven bronze. Source, Drinks Central.

Great wines under $20 - Tony Love
"After months of assessing close to 2000 drops to come to a final selection for our annual Top 100 Wines, with a bonus choice of 22 great bargains at $20 and under, it’s clear that the value end of the wine market is stronger than ever before." writes Tony Love for The Source SA.

1972 Grange auctioned for $500
Burns Auctions hosted its monthly live auction at its Barrett Court headquarters, clearing refurbished, ex-demo, factory second, liquidated and police-seized items. The wines kicked off the auction, with a Margaret River Shiraz selling for $3 a bottle, while a 1972 bottle of Grange sold for $500. Source, Central Western Daily.

Canada withdraws cease of Israeli wines
The decision to avoid labelling wines as products of Israel if they are produced in the West Bank or in other areas controlled by Israeli forces has been reversed by Canada’s federal food inspection agency. Source, Independent.

From cardiac research to winery manager
Erica Crawford got from a cardiac research scientist to the founder and chief executive of an organic wine brand, Loveblock, "partly by marriage, partly by need, and partly by circumstance", she says. She runs Loveblock wines with her husband Kim, which they started in 2013 on about 100 hectares of Marlborough's Awatere Valley. Source, Stuff.

California's most expensive wines
Along with death and taxes, one of life's nailed-on certainties is that the price of California – by which we really mean Napa – wines go in one direction only, and that is up; but it isn't quite true. Source, Wine Searcher.

Why Southern French winemakers are so angry
The ‘vinuous terrorists’ of Languedoc-Roussillon are battling changing French drinking habits and a new president as they seek to preserve the region’s traditions. Source, The Guardian.

Synthetic wines
“Engineering wines to perfection molecule by molecule.” That’s the tagline of Ava Winery, which is creating synthetic wines without grapes, yeast, or even fermentation. Mardonn Chua and Alec Lee are the entrepreneurs behind Ava Winery. They create compounds with ethanol that mimic the chemical composition of wines, but that will sell for much less money. Source, The Spoon.

The Changing Vinescape
A seminar hosted by FINLAYSONS Australian Wine Lawyers.

NZ sommelier scholarship open to Aussies
The New Zealand Wine International Sommelier Scholarship has opened for Australian applications, offering sommeliers the opportunity to take part in a memorable wine experience across the ditch. Source, Winetitles.

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