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News posted on Thursday, 20 August 2015

Trevor Jones dismissed of all charges over $300,000 spillage
ONE of Australia’s most prominent wine critics faces potential contempt of court and defamation proceedings for commenting on a court case. Lawyers on Wednesday accused James Halliday of contempt of court for writing about Barossa Valley winemaker Trevor David “Boots” Jones. The accusations were made during a hearing in which the court dismissed charges Mr Jones had deliberately drained $300,000 of chardonnay from a rival’s tanks.

Treasury Wine Estates bringing 'brosé' to Australia this summer
Treasury Wine Estates has at least one ace up its sleeve as it looks to continue its good run into the new financial year. It involves the often derided pink coloured beverage known as rosé, or brosé as some people calling it this northern hemisphere summer. Men drinking rosé, or brosé has been a bit of a talking point in the US and Europe this summer. Apparently, people are switching from drinking craft beer to it, causing all sorts of thinkpieces on the matter.

Wolf Blass encouraging consumers to chase their dreams
Wolf Blass launched a new brand campaign celebrating those who “boldly chase triumph”, with an innovative “Here’s to the Chase” creative platform. A collaboration between Wolf Blass and new marketing partner J. Walter Thompson, the campaign marks the brand’s first relaunch since the agency was appointed as Treasury Wine Estate’s global marketing services provider in February this year.

Neoclassical reds challenge preconceptions of Australian wine
Australia is known for global wine brands that are consistent, predictable and value for money. There is, however, an alternative wine scene worth exploring, and a new breed of winemakers who are challenging established brands with their exciting experimentation. They bring passion, exuberance and an unorthodox approach to winemaking. A blend of tradition and innovation seen in these "neoclassical" Australian reds.

Cask wine feeling similar pinch to market for bottles
The proportion of Australian adults drinking wine has been in decline for some years, including the Aussie wine cask, whose popularity is also dropping. The latest findings by Roy Morgan Research indicate that 45 per cent of the population - or 8.1m Australians - drink some kind of wine every month, down from 50 per cent in 2007. Of these, almost 1.3m consume cask wine, suggesting a substantial decline from the 2.3m who drank it back in 2007.

Martinborough grower's high hopes for Pinot venture
Don McConachy and the lead character in the movie Sideways are both in a search for the perfect Pinot Noir. But while wine buff Miles just wants to drink the elusive flawless red, McConachy's dream is to create it. Two years ago mechanical engineer McConachy returned from working overseas for 21 years on a variety of heavy engineering projects and bought 4 hectares of prime Martinborough viticulture land in order to fulfil his ambition.

Top quality speakers for NZ Syrah Workshop 2015
The Organising Committee of the 2015 NZ Syrah Workship have announced a “top quality” line up of speakers for the event, held 4-6 November 2015 at Bayview Chateau Tongariro, Mt Ruapehu. Winemaker Gary Mills from Victoria's Jamsheed Wines will be looking at his four single vineyard sites over a particular years and the terroir expressed between them. Four distinct site spread across Victoria: Upper Yarra Valley - a cooler site on red volcanic soils producing wines of spice and silky texture. Pyrenees - pink quartz laced granite profile producing deep rugged wines with particular savoury appeal and tenacity

Oz Clarke to speak at International Cool Climate Wine Symposium
With nine months to go, Oz Clarke and Dr Jamie Goode, two leading UK speakers, share what they are most looking forward to next May at the International Cool Climate Wine Symposium. For both of them, the opportunity to meet with such a wide range of global winemaking and viticultural talent ranks high among the ICCWS attractions.

Tesco puts a cork in its Wine Community
Tesco is about to put the cork back in on a venture launched for wine lovers, as part of CEO Dave Lewis’ plans to concentrate on its core business. The Tesco Wine Community (TWC), a social media site set up for wine buffs will shut down at the end of the month, prompting complaints from members that Tesco is turning its back on fine wine lovers in favour of those looking for more basic booze.

Online wine retailer raises $2m in new investments
Bright Cellars Inc., a personalized online subscription wine retailer that moved to Milwaukee in June after participating in the gener8tortraining program, has raised $2 million in an investment round led by CSA Partners, the venture capital fund backed by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele. Bright Cellars will use the money to continue building its platform and hire more team members, said Richard Yau, chief executive officer.

Climate change a 'plus' for Swiss wine growers
Climate change may be bad news for other sectors but it should have a positive impact for Switzerland’s wine industry, a federal agricultural expert says. Global warming is “positive overall for Swiss wine growers because it guarantees better maturation, especially for late harvest grape varieties,” Vivian Zufferey, from Agroscope, the agricultural research organization, told broadcaster RTS.

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