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News posted on Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Wineglass ceiling: how women still struggle for share of the action
Back in 2012, former psychologist and public relations professional Jane Thomson founded the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society, dedicated to supporting and promoting the role of women in the Australian wine industry. A highlight among the society’s initiatives — which have included wine tours and tastings for women, and even an evening of matching wines and designer shoes — will be the inaugural Australian Women in Wine Awards next Tuesday evening.

New independent Chair for WGGA
Wine Grape Growers Australia (WGGA) has officially announced the appointment of Jo Andrew as Independent Chair of the organisation. The decision was made to appoint an independent Chair following the retirement of long-standing Chair and South Australian representative Vic Patrick. “We felt we needed someone with a fresh perspective and experience in leading an organisation through a period of significant challenge and change."

Using Instagram to market your winery
Instagram, the social platform once reserved for bearded hipsters and wellness bloggers, has taken the online world by storm in recent years, racking up an impressive 300 million active users since its 2010 launch. A shift in trends has seen popular social media move into a more visual space, providing a huge growth potential for the mobile-only platform, which is made up entirely of images and short videos.

Most Australians aren’t drinking wine at the right temperature
In a recent IPSOS study conducted by Taylors Wines, 8 out of 10 Australians are drinking their red wine ‘at room temperature’. While this may seem like normal behaviour, the warm Australian climate is actually having a negative impact on the flavour of Shiraz, Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon. The temperature of an average Aussie home, particularly in summer, ranges between 22°C-24°C, and according to industry experts, including the Court of Master Sommeliers, serving a red wine at this temperature robs it of its finesse and flavour.

Wine Australia sets record attendance at ProWine China
A large presence from Wine Australia has helped set a new record for the number of Australian wineries exhibiting at the third annual ProWine China event in Shanghai this week. The significant Australian attendance was anchored by a large stand co-ordinated by Wine Australia regional manager Willa Yang and her team based in China.

Wine scholarship about growing relationships
A wine professional from the United Kingdom has arrived in Marlborough on a scholarship that aims to bring the two countries' wine industries closer. Emma Clark, who has 12 years' experience working in the UK wine trade, found out she was the recipient of the Wine Marlborough-John Avery-NZ-UK Link Foundation Fellowship last year. Since then she has been counting down the months until arriving in Marlborough. "It's my first time in New Zealand," she says.

Winegrowers prepare for ground frost
Winegrowers are on high alert after a forecast drop in the mercury threatened vineyards with frost throughout Napier and Hastings this morning. Frost was expected to ice the region as overnight temperatures as low as 2C were forecast. Metservice meteorologist Claire Flynn said: "There is a ridge over us at the moment which means there isn't much wind at night." The lack of wind meant heat would radiate away from the ground rather than mixing with warmer surface air.

Bittersweet wine auction breaks record as money pledged to Paris victims
Glowing reviews of the Burgundy 2015 vintage helped the annual Hospices de Beaune auction achieve a record €11.35m over the weekend, but the atmosphere was marked by sadness following the Paris terror attacks and both organisers and individuals pledged money to help victims. The Hospices de Beaune 2015 auction on Sunday achieved sales of €11,347,609 (A$17.16m), fees included, beating the previous record set last year by about 39 per cent.

China’s domestic producers sit on unsold vintages
China’s decline in wine sales since the government crackdown on corruption has primarily affected domestic producers, not importers. Although the headlines have focused on falling demand of grand cru classé claret, particularly Château Lafite, since president Xi Jingping introduced his “austerity measures” in 2013, it is domestic wine producers that have been hit hardest by the new political climate, according to Beijing-based Fongyee Walker.

Majestic Wine profits tumble after Naked Wines acquisition
The warehouse wine retailer said its pre-tax profit tumbled to £4.3 million in the six months to September 28 compared to a year ago, as a result of charges from its April purchase of Naked Wines. Shares fell more than 3%. The enlarged business also unveiled an ambitious three-year turnaround plan to almost double annual revenues to £500 million by 2019, from current full-year sales of £284.5 million posted in June.

Climate & wine: Is it still Bordeaux without Merlot?
Bordeaux (AFP) - Can the world's most storied wine region adapt to climate change without losing its identity? This is the question haunting the Bordeaux region as the threat of global warming looms ever larger. Concretely, it may boil down to this: Without Merlot, will it still be Bordeaux? The dry, hot conditions that shaped the 2015 vintage, and are likely to prevail in coming years, "don't worry winemakers for now because the early harvests improve quality."

Most Australians aren’t drinking wine at the right temperature
In a recent IPSOS study conducted by Taylors Wines, 8 out of 10 Australians are drinking their red wine ‘at room temperature’. While this may seem like normal behaviour, the warm Australian climate is actually having a negative impact on the flavour of Shiraz, Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon. The temperature of an average Aussie home, particularly in summer, ranges between 22°C-24°C, and according to industry experts, including the Court of Master Sommeliers, serving a red wine at this temperature robs it of its finesse and flavour.

Winegrowers prepare for ground frost
Wine growers are on high alert after a forecast drop in the mercury threatened vineyards with frost throughout Napier and Hastings this morning. Frost was expected to ice the region as overnight temperatures as low as 2C were forecast. Metservice meteorologist Claire Flynn said: "There is a ridge over us at the moment which means there isn't much wind at night." The lack of wind meant heat would radiate away from the ground rather than mixing with warmer surface air.


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