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News posted on Thursday, 18 May 2017

What do the world’s best somms think?
In April, Wine Australia took 50 talented wine professionals on a tour of our best wine bars, restaurants and wine regions — starting in Sydney before moving on to Melbourne, then stopping to experience wine regions in Victoria, Tasmania, Canberra, South Australia and Western Australia. Here are some of their thoughts on Australian wine. Source Concrete Playground

Number one plant pest under the microscope
Australia’s number one unwanted plant pest – Xylella fastidiosa – is the focus of international scrutiny in Australia this week. The Australian Government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is hosting a two-day International Symposium on the bacterium from 17-18 May in Brisbane, aimed at improving knowledge of prevention and management. Source Winetitles

What’s in a name? Pinot Gris/Grigio
The secret to understanding Pinot Gris/Grigio is in its name – or rather, its two names. Most Pinot Gris/Grigio in Australia is grown in the warmer inland regions: Murray-Darling Swan Hill, Riverina and the Riverland, but it is also grown in much cooler regions such as Padthaway, Wrattonbully, Adelaide Hills and King Valley – indicating its versatility. It is a favoured variety with growers, having relatively high yields and strong grape prices, reflecting strong consumer demand. Source Wine Australia

Women in Wine Awards: Entries open this Saturday
Entries for the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) open this Saturday 20 May, with eight award categories on offer – including two new ones. This is the third year the awards have been run, and for the first time the winners will be announced as part of a grand tasting event celebrating Australian Women in Wine in London, in conjunction with Wine Australia. Source Winetitles

Finalists announced: Hunter Valley Wine Industry Awards
The Hunter Valley Wine and Tourism Association has announced this year's line-up of finalists in the categories of 'winemaker of the year', 'rising star of the year', 'viticulturist of the year' and 'cellar door of the year'. A 'Hunter Valley legend' will also be inducted along with a winner from each of the categories below. Source Cessnock Advertiser

Irrigation investment to better manage fresh water
Additional grant funding of $26.7 million over the next three years plus a capital boost of $63 million towards irrigation investments in Budget 2017 will deliver economic and environmental benefits through better use of water, says Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy. Source Scoop

Topnotch Kiwi products on show in Manila
Top New Zealand companies showcased their products in Food Connection Manila, a one-day trade show held at the New World Hotel in Makati on Tuesday. “New Zealand products are known for their distinctive taste and quality and this is a great opportunity to showcase them to Filipinos,” New Zealand Trade Commissioner to the Philippines Hernando Banal said in a statement. Source Inquirer

Terroir: The missing link
There is perhaps no more contentious term in the wine world than terroir. The mere mention of the word can send the listener into a state of uncertainty, confusion, trance, or agitation - even fury. Trying to nail down the definition of terroir can be just as challenging. Source Tim Gaiser, Master Sommelier

Leafroll virus management
Through focused research, trial sites and a formalised Leafroll Control Protocol, the South African wine industry has made great strides to halt the spread of leafroll virus which poses a major threat to wine grape producers as it can shorten the lifespan of vineyards and deteriorate grape and wine quality. Source Biz Community

Is Rosé a serious wine?
“Rosé does not merit serious tasting.” Such were the recent words of a fellow wine writer, one very knowledgeable about wine, and one whose opinion I respect immensely on general wine-related matters. Source Provence Wine Zine

How higher alcohol levels are being addressed
Recently, I’ve begun to focus on this trend in alcohol content when selecting a bottle of wine. What an eye-opening experience. There is a definite trend toward higher alcohol levels in wines, especially those from several California producers of Cabernet Sauvignons and Zinfandels. Source Nick Antonaccio, The Examiner

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