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News posted on Monday, 18 December 2017

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The variety to watch in 2018
What will be the red wine variety to look out for in 2018? After all the end of year what’s hot, what’s next and best ofs, there’s one last favourite mini-trend I’ve loved and want to see more of. It is … drum roll … Source, The Source SA.

Ten questions with Peter Dredge
The Adelaide Review ‘Hot 100 Wines’ were judged recently at the Regency Park TAFE in Adelaide. Chief judge this year was Peter Dredge. Peter or ‘Dredgy’ as he’s commonly known is based in Tasmania. He’s been involved in wine for over twenty years, both in Tassie and his home state of South Australia. Here’s his story so far > Source, Milton Wordley.

Wine award dedicated to late father
The Gilberts always encouraged their children to forge their own paths in life, but when Clinton and Matthew found out their dad had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease they left their city lives and jobs behind to move back to their parents' vineyard. Source, The ABC.

Sydney to become world's largest urban vineyard
A new initiative dubbed The Urban Vineyard Project is coming to Sydney over the holidays with the aim of giving away thousands of grapevines to be planted across the city, including on balconies, in backyards and even windowsills. Source, The AU Review.

A move to protect the Macedon Ranges
The Victorian planning minister Richard Wynne late last week introduced a Bill into state parliament designed to protect the Macedon Ranges from what he has called ‘inappropriate development.’ The Bill will provide a model for how other parts of Victoria can be protected from development that is no in line with what the area needs. Source, Architecture & Design.

Kiwi laws fail to keep up
Businessman Andrew Barnes owns the largest wills and estates company in the country, Perpetual Guardian. He's also a proud Waiheke Island winemaker. But both Perpetual Guardian and Postage Stamp Wines are being held back by laws that date back to the pre-internet age. Source, Stuff.

Mission Estate subdivision proposed
A bold plan to transform the hills above Mission Estate on Napier's outskirts into a sprawling subdivision, with lifestyle blocks, and rural properties will go before Napier City Council next week. Plans to develop the land near Greenmeadows have been around since the 1980s, but gained traction last year. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Hong Kong and Argentina sign wine MOU
Hong Kong and Argentina have signed a ‘memorandum of understanding’ to promote bilateral wine trade from education to fighting counterfeiting wines. The city’s Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development, Edward Yau, signed the pact on Thursday this week with Argentina’s Investment & Trade Promotion Agency Chief Executive Officer, Juan Pablo Tripodi. Source, The Drinks Business.

Taste trends that power 'natural' wine's perfect storm
As Americans embrace fermented foods, tangy beverages are taking off, too. Kefir, kombucha, and drinking vinegars are all hot, but so are tart alcoholic drinks. In 2013, marketing consultants Sterling-Rice Group predicted the rise of sour beer, saying tart, acidic, and bitter flavors would eclipse sweet, salty, and fatty ones. Source, VinePair.

Somm talk: New Year resolution roundtable
"My biggest resolution for 2018 is to drink more! Now, before you send me to Betty Ford, I taste possibly hundreds of wines a week for placement in our restaurants and education, but I rarely have time to drink them." Source, Wine Spectator.

EU wine and spirit producers call for clarity
The Brexit talks finally seem to be getting somewhere, but more needs to be done to ensure a good deal for wine and spirit producers. Leaders of the wine and spirit industries praised progress in the Brexit negotiations yesterday, but they stressed the need for an end to uncertainty going forwards. Source, The Drinks Business.

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