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News posted on Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Lindt Australia CEO Steve Loane backs winemakers who have deserted corporates
The chief executive of Lindt Australia, Steve Loane, has been with the chocolatier 19 years and isn't planning on going anywhere, but he's backing a wine start-up based on the joys of escaping corporate restrictions. Loane has put $50,000 to date into Iconic Winemakers, an online marketer focused on selling premium wines for winemakers who have made their name at a big brand, before going out on their own.

Taking the water out of wine
The irrigated inland wine business: financial ruin, organics or nuts? Philip White examines two huge developments in Murray-Darling grapegrowing. Last week, GoFarm Australia, a Melbourne-based investment group, bought the Belvino Investments’ 900ha Del Rios vineyard near Swan Hill for somewhere around $22-$25 million.

Customer list, website and 70,000 bottles of wine up for grabs, after Victorian wine brands enter liquidation
The customer list and website of a well-established winemaking and retail business are up for grabs, after two related companies were placed in liquidation earlier this year. The Moondarra winemaking business was established in 1991 with the production of pinot noir in Gippsland in regional Victoria. The business later added a vineyard in the King Valley to the operations, which produced pinot gris and pinot noir wine varieties.

Pearses Upper Reach for the stars
Derek and Laura Pearse realised a dream 20 years ago this month when they bought the Swan Valley property that is now Upper Reach to make individual and distinctive wine they could sell directly to those who enjoy handcrafted wine. “We were attracted to the property with its established chardonnay vineyard and also to the rich history of the Swan Valley and the people,” Mrs Pearse said.

Mediterranean class shines
Mediterranean-style wine varieties were the star of the fourth annual Saint Martin Heathcote Wine Show. In true Olympic fashion, judges awarded medals to 24 wines in the Mediterranean class, where entries had grown to 36 — doubling the amount of last year’s entrants. The judging panel’s chair Tim Kirk described the class in question in one word. ‘‘Wow,’’ he said. The panel added to what Mr Kirk said.

Wine man put Palliser on the map
"There's a quote here which reads: 'The rich want good wine; the poor a lot of wine.' Well, that's bullshit. The rich drink a hell of a lot wine as well." The speaker was Richard Riddiford. He was reading from my first wine book, which he'd agreed to launch over a decade ago. True to form, he was blunt, compelling and funny. It was a style of delivery that brought him notoriety throughout the wine world. With Riddiford's death a couple of weeks ago, New Zealand wine lost one of its great contributors and personalities.

Kiwi honey, wine face new Chinese rules
Chinese regulations that caused upheaval in New Zealand's infant formula industry two years ago are set to be extended to honey and wine exporters. The Ministry for Primary Industries yesterday confirmed it was aware of the move, saying the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) would require registration of wineries and honey producers next year.

Clayton Fire dashes dream of Tuscany in Lake County
Matt Swinford tried to sleep Saturday night, but he felt nervous as the smell of smoke from a nearby wildfire pierced his nose. Hours later, Swinford and his cat fled the vast Clayton Fire that threatened his cottage on the grounds of Terrill Cellars, a Lake County winery where he pours wine for a living. “I had my fingers crossed,” said Swinford, 35. “We’d gone through this before, like last year, and didn’t get hit. I moved up here last year during the Rocky Fire. I knew what I was getting into when I moved up here. I knew the risk.”

A Georgian Winemaker Rises from the Ashes
This little-known region makes incredible wine using ancient techniques. Try some alongside food by Tipo 00, Clever Polly’s, Cobb Lane and Arbory Bar and Eatery. Last year a fire destroyed the home and vineyards of Georgian-based winemaker John Wurdeman. To help Wurdeman and his family rebuild their business in the former Soviet state, Arbory Bar and Eatery is hosting a four-course, Georgian-inspired fundraising lunch.

Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2016: Results
As we noted in last year’s report, such are the powerful traits of Cabernet Sauvignon, wherever it’s grown, and however it’s handled, the grape displays a pleasing sameness. In essence, it’s a grape of resilience and reliability. So, unlike Pinot Noir, another grape in our Global Masters series, Cabernet Sauvignon offers regularity in personality, which is derived from its dense tannins, and juicy blackcurrant flavours, along with its subtle and refreshing leafy lift, as well as lingering coffee and cedar characters.

Better when blended?
What do many of the wines from Bordeaux, Champagne, the Rhone, Port and Rioja have in common? Apart from being long-established traditional wine producing regions and generic wine types most of their wines are made from blends of grape varieties. Many of the Southern Hemisphere producers whose wines have gained in popularity over the last two decades have often been easy to pronounce single varieties.

2016: The year for new world wines
In every wine country, vintners anxiously scan the skies all year, hoping weather challenges will still let them make great, or at least good, wine. French wine makers in Chablis lit fires earlier this year to protect their vineyards from irreparable frost damage. So far, 2016 has been a very rough year for Europe's vintners, with one weather catastrophe after another. Hailstorms in Barolo.

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