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News posted on Monday, 17 October 2016


Riesling Challenge Results a Reflection of Outstanding Vintages
The 17th Canberra International Riesling Challenge featured an outstanding collection of wines from eight countries with a record number of medals awarded. This is clearly a reflection of the outstanding 2015 and 2016 vintages in the Southern Hemisphere, coupled with a heightened professionalism and attention to detail by winemakers and viticulturists. The Chair of the Canberra International Riesling Challenge (CIRC), Ken Helm said the increased appetite and awareness of consumers in quality Rieslings will be met with the release of these wines to the market.

Happy drinkers willing to pay more – study
Whether you're drinking away your sorrows or celebrating with a few bubbles could determine how much you're willing to pay for your grog. New research has found people in a better mood are willing to shell out more for wine. Participants in the Australian study were given four different Shiraz wines of varying quality. Some they drank at home, some in the lab, and the rest in a restaurant setting.

100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow
In two weeks’ time, at Oxford Town Hall, Matthew Jukes kicks off the biggest ever 100 Best Australian Wines Roadshow. He will then take this elite Australian wine tasting to incredible locations in Manchester, London, Brighton, Birmingham and Edinburgh (all dates and venues confirmed below) and then on to three other prestigious venues in the New Year (dates to follow). Matthew has been compiling his 100 Best Australian Wines Report for 13 years and this initiative is regarded as the true barometer of the finest Aussie wines on the shelves in the UK each year.

Finger Lakes wineries awarded top honors
Anthony Road Wine Company and Keuka Spring Vineyards recently received top honors in the Six Nations Wine Challenge in Australia. Anthony Road Winery was awarded White Wine of Show and the Best Riesling trophy with its 2014 dry riesling. Keuka Springs Vineyards’ 2014 gewurztraminer won a Best of Class trophy for Aromatic Non-Riesling Wine. The competition featured wines selected from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Canada and the U.S.

Electronic tongue can taste wine and tell you its age
In yet another attempt to make humans obsolete, scientists at the University of South Australia have developed an electronic tongue they say can taste wine and tell you its age, the type of barrel in which it is aged, and its overall quality. ‘We wanted to demonstrate the huge capabilities of electronic tongues as analytical tool for the analysis of wine samples,’ said Dr. Xavier Ceto Alseda, who ran the project with his colleagues at the university.

Night to remember created by team effort
In a new twist on a beloved event, guests will dine under the stars as they celebrate Hawke's Bay's excellence in viticulture tomorrow night. Teams have been working hard over the weekend to prepare for the Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards- the country's oldest regional wine awards competition. The winning wine entries - assessed by a panel of 10 judges - will be announced at a spectacular awards dinner held tomorrow night at the Hawke's Bay showgrounds.

Wairarapa town toast of global wine world
The little Wairarapa village that's won the hearts of the world's top wine writers is now to be toasted in a prestigious New York City showcase. Larry McKenna of Martinborough's Escarpment Vineyard will this month speak about his pinot noir to around 1000 people at the NZ$3500-a-head New York Wine Experience, after it ranked among the top 10 in a leading magazine. The winery's Escarpment Kupe Pinot Noir 2013 placed seventh in Wine Spectator's top 100 wines of 2015, whittled down from more than 20,000 labels.

Constellation Brands Close to Sale of its Canadian Wine Division
Constellation Brands Inc. is close to an agreement to sell its Canadian wine business to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan in a deal valued at about 1 billion Canadian dollars ($760 million), according to people familiar with the deal. The acquisition could be announced as early as Monday morning, these people said. Constellation, based in Victor, N.Y., announced in April it planned to explore an initial public offering for its Canadian wine business but put the business up for sale after receiving overtures from a handful of Canadian wineries and Ontario Teachers’, the people said

An ancient drought-friendly farming process could become the next organics
In 2008, when Brice Jones decided to stop irrigating his grapevines, California was in the middle of a drought. Jones, however, wasn’t thinking about water conservation. He was thinking about making California pinot noir that would rival French burgundy. Jones had been in the winemaking business in California for decades and like most wine makers in the state, had never questioned the need to add extra water to his vineyards to compensate for the lack of summer rain.

Grapevine, Texas: Yes, The Lone Star State Has A Wine Scene
I had no idea Texas had a wine scene, let alone one as vibrant and interesting as what I discovered inGrapevine, a town of 49,000 that swells annually to about 300,000 when it hosts the largest wine festival in the southwest United States. Stuart Bourne, on the other hand, has been aware of Texans' wine production skills for a long time. A winemaker from Australia's Barossa Valley, Bourne attended the 30th annual GrapeFest earlier this month, representing his nation with a selection of varietals from six wineries.

New ‘Red Revolution’ Underway In China
Chinese are traveling abroad in record numbers and those traveling to bring with them disposable income. According to GfK’s analysis, nearly 110 million Chinese traveled overseas last year, spending US$229 billion. And these travels have heightened Chinese consumer’s overall interest in wine consumption.

National wine trade events survey
Wine Industry Suppliers Australia Inc (WISA) has commissioned research to better understand the wine industry trade show/trade event market with a view of working with all industry stakeholders, including other industry bodies and organisations, to grow and build more comprehensive and valuable trade event offerings. WISA has commissioned Harrison Research to conduct a survey of our key stakeholders, mainly focusing on industry visitors to events. As a result, the organisation is looking for people to complete a short survey that will take 15 - 20 minutes.

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