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News posted on Friday, 17 November 2017

Changing of the guard at Lafite Rothschild
Baron Eric de Rothschild, chairman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (DBR), the wine company that includes the iconic Bordeaux first-growth Château Lafite Rothschild, has confirmed a once-in-a-generation transition in leadership. Source, Wine Spectator.

New York's rooftop wine country
New York City boasts some of the most expensive food and beverage items in the country, but when the $1,000 bottle of wine Devin Shomaker is vinting is ready, it will be known for more than just the price. The grapes are being grown on a rooftop in Brooklyn, New York, the first attempt ever in the world to create a commercially viable rooftop vineyard. Source, CNBC.

Wine faux pas to avoid in France
Today is one of France's favourite celebrations -- Beaujolais Nouveau Day. To mark the occasion, here are our lesson on how to avoid any embarrassing faux-pas while drinking wine in France. Source, The Local.

James Suckling and COFCO launch wine app
American wine critic James Suckling has launched a Chinese wine app with COFCO Wine & Wine, with the aim of turning his translated ratings into a, “benchmark for buying wines and informing the wine trade and consumers in China”, he says. Source, The Drinks Business.

The secrets of New Zealand wine
Good soil, good management and a focus on quality at every step lie behind the success of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, says Jim White, who tells the South China Morning Post why he’s forever chasing ‘the eyebrow moment’.

Family of Twelve launch wine tutorial
Invitations will be open shortly for just 12 people to join a unique two day wine tutorial. It will feature eight compelling workshops and three superb dinners, with guest speakers, a selection of Family wines including old vintages, unreleased wines and barrel samples will be presented alongside benchmark examples of wine from many of the world’s great wine regions. Source, Voxy.

Counting the cost of frost
Vineyards in the Grampians wine region in western Victoria and Coonawarra region in South Australia have suffered up to 100% damage from a black frost which hit in the early hours of Saturday 4 November. There are also reports of frost damage in SA’s Padthaway region. Source, Winetitles.

14,000 bottles of fake Penfolds found
Shanghai police have seized 14,000 bottles of fake Penfolds wine being sold by counterfeiters in China. The fake Penfolds wine was being sold through Alibaba's online flea market Taobao, as well as pubs and karaoke bars. Source, The Sydney Morning Herald.

The importance of public tastings
For James Robson, proprietor at Ross Hill Wines in Orange, showing his wines to the public isn’t just about attracting a local market. Participating in tasting events, especially in internationally recognised cities like Sydney, can be helpful for global reach. Source, Winetitles.

Producers perfecting Tasmania's sparkling
While Tasmania’s sparkling wine lovers are gearing up for a bubbly weekend, the state’s wine producers were honing their skills to ensure their wine stayed at the top of wine lists. “There are two main questions: how can I reduce ageing and what is the impact of this?" Source, The Examiner.

Margan Family Winegrowers win tourism award
A Hunter winery has snared a double in the NSW Tourism Awards. Margan Family Winegrowers took out both the Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services and Excellence in Food categories at the ceremony in Sydney on Thursday. Source, The Newcastle Herald.

WVJ to put organic white wines to the taste test
Australian organic white wines will be put to the test by the Wine & Viticulture Journal in the wine industry publication’s next regular tasting. This is the first time the WVJ has held a specific tasting for organic wines, and as such is open to all white varieties.

London Wine Comp flat rate shipping - last day Nov 30
Suppliers from Australia can take advantage of the flat rate shipping program before November 30. Price includes all delivery charges from our nominated depot in Australia, for 3 bottles.

For value, look to Romanian wine
The slump in sterling has already hit the cost of our wine imports, and the disastrous 2107 harvest – yields are down by 50% or more in some regions – means things are only going to get worse. Those with a sharp eye for value are now looking to eastern Europe, and to those countries shaking off their Soviet shackles and reviving historic winemaking traditions. Source, The Guardian.

WVJ to put organic white wines to the taste test
Australian organic white wines will be put to the test by the Wine & Viticulture Journal in the wine industry publication’s next regular tasting. This is the first time the WVJ has held a specific tasting for organic wines, and as such is open to all white varieties.


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