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News posted on Monday, 19 June 2017

Organic and biodynamic conference
The growing interest in organic and biodynamic viticulture practices and winemaking techniques will be showcased at a conference held in Blenheim later this month. Organised by Organic Winegrowers New Zealand, the Organic and Biodynamic Winegrowing Conference takes place over three days at the ASB Theatre from June 26. Source, Stuff.

The best NZ has to offer
"When sampling the delights produced by New Zealand's wineries, it's much nicer to take your time than visit a quick tasting room." A guide to which wineries to visit in New Zealand, by Stuff author Liz Carlson.

Belinda Chambers to join nations rural leaders
Winemakers of Rutherglen chairwoman Belinda Chambers has been selected to participate in the 24th Australian Rural Leadership Program. Mrs Chambers will join 33 leaders from diverse industries and communities in the 15-month program, which takes place across Australia and Indonesia. Source, Western Magazine.

Pesticide Adjustment for Canopy Environment
A project supported by Wine Australia and Horticulture Innovation Australia, brings together local researchers, a concept born in the UK, software developments from the US, equipment provided by an Australian company, and the support of wine companies and viticulturists in three states. Source, Wine Australia.

Mixing Pinot and Shiraz
"A strange thing happened at the tasting table the other day. A few bottles of various single varietal reds failed to excite my more critical faculties so I poured a 50:50 mix, in this instance of pinot noir and shiraz, to see what might be might be." Source, The Source SA.

A Des Houghton wine review
"The Weemala 2015 tempranillo was made by Peter Logan and has pleasant bouquets of cherry and nutmeg with a robust palate of blackberry and sarsaparilla." Source, The Courier Mail.

Weighing up the benefits of buying local
"We need to be wary of simplistic campaigns that may obscure the fact the general increase in living standards for a large proportion of us over the last 50 years is due to specialisation and international trade." Source, Adelaide Now.

Constellation Brands buys Scrader Cellars
Drinks giant Constellation Brands has purchased Napa Valley cult winery Schrader Cellars, founder Fred Schrader told Wine Spectator. The blockbuster deal gives Constellation one of the elite names in Napa Cabernet, known for its Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard cuvée and several other notable bottlings. Source, Wine Spectator.

Food has more sulfites than wine
Next time you're in a debate at the cellar door: "Dried fruits, bottled lemon/lime juices, molasses, sauerkraut, and pickled onions all contain over 100 ppm of sulfites, with dried fruits potentially containing a whopping 2,000 ppm — that’s over five times an average non-organic bottle of wine." Source, Vine Pair.

Japan, boarding the wine train
In Yamanashi Prefecture, the top producer of wine made only from grapes grown in Japan, three cities have come together to create a plan for a wine resort. Source, Japan Times.

Bernkasteler Doctor Riesling
This was the first Trockenbeerenauslesen to be produced in Germany’?s Mosel Valley (together with a less prestigious example from the Bischöflichen Weingüter). This super-concentrated style had been made in the Rheingau during the 19th century, but was harder to achieve in the cooler Mosel. Source, Decanter.

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