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News posted on Tuesday, 17 October 2017

McWilliams wine group chooses UK supplier
McWilliam’s Wines Group will be joining the Enotria&Coe portfolio in November 2017. The partnership will see Enotria&Coe representing both the company’s flagship McWilliam’s brand and their iconic Mount Pleasant collections in the UK both the on and off trade. Source, Winetitles.

Biosecurity tips
Tip#9: Early in the growing season is the best time to identify Eutypa symptoms and assess infection of your blocks. http://research.wineaustralia.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/20160621_Eutypa-dieback-best-practice-management-guide.pdf #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

Former tourism boss joins Wine Marlborough board
The former tourism boss for Marlborough has joined the team behind promoting Marlborough as New Zealand's leading wine region. Former Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston was voted onto the Wine Marlborough board last month. Source, Stuff.

Durable timber to benefit vineyards
Farm foresters will get a close look at naturally durable timbers that provide a chemical-free alternative to treated wood during a field day at a property near Bulls. Durable timbers provide a chemcial-free alternative for treated posts and have the attention of many users, such as vineyard owners. Source, Stuff .

Dire drought threatens South Africa
Yields in the wine beverage market will be down as much as 25% to 50% next year. A significant drop in yield on an already unprofitable model, means the industry will take a serious hit in 2018. The lack of rain during winter has left vines across the Cape without the required water reserves through summer. Source, MoneyWeb.

Turning weed in to wine in Lebanon
Sitting among the vines of Sauvignon Blanc and Tempranillo growing on his spectacular farm in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, Michel Emad remembers the not-so-distant time when he opted to cultivate cannabis. Source, The Jakarta Post.

Is Texas the next region to watch for?
Everything may be bigger in Texas, but the state’s wines can be surprisingly light on their feet. With many areas that are hot and dry, the state shows an affinity for Old World varieties common to regions such as Southern France and Spain. Source, Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

Generations of Champagne production
In July this year the Rapeneau family who are the producers of Champagne Comte De Noiron won the Best Sparkling Winemaker of The Year at the International Wine Challenge. The Shout sat down with Christophe Rapeneau to find out more.

Best Wine of Show at the Great Australian Red Awards
The winery that is home to Australia’s favourite red*, Pepperjack Shiraz, is the toast of The Great Australian Red Awards, claiming Trophy for ‘Best Wine of Show’ with their Pepperjack Certified Shiraz Cabernet 2016. Source, Winetitles.

Icon Maggie Beer supports Trevor David Jones
Celebrity chef Maggie Beer has voiced her support for a Barossa Valley winemaker who deliberately destroyed about $60,000 worth of a rival company's Shiraz and Chardonnay. Source, The ABC.

Pernod Ricard talks opportunities in liquor
An increasingly multicultural and ageing population are opportunities rather than hindrances for growth in liquor retail, Pernod Ricard representatives told the ILG Study Tour to the United States. Source, The Shout.

A review from the Riverina
"If you are searching for great value wines that are built for food, you would be hard pressed to find better than the Calabria Private Bin range from the Riverina. [...] We tend to call these grapes ‘alternative’ but I like to think of them as ‘appropriate’ varieties," writes Dave Brooks for The Adelaide Review.

Missouri wine represents state agriculture
Stone Hill Winery uses the grapes to make the Governor’s Reserve Holden Vineyard Norton. The wine represents Missouri agriculture in every way: Made with Missouri grapes at a Missouri winery, it ages 24 months in white oak barrels made by coopers in Higbee, Mo. Staves for the barrels come from the state’s white oak forests. Source, The High Planes Midwest Ag Journal.

IBWSS San Francisco is 60% sold out
The 2nd edition of International Bulk Wine and Spirits Show held in San Francisco USA is 60% booked already indicating the increasing importance of the private label, bulk, and contract bottling market.


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