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News posted on Thursday, 20 November 2014

Government response to the review of the Liquor Control Act 1988
The Government response to the review of the Liquor Control Act 1988 has been tabled this week in Parliament. Larry Jorgensen, Wines of Western Australia chief executive officer, noted the Government’s response is a positive step forward in providing West Australian producers with alternative pathways to market.

Murrumbateman vineyard crowdfunds expansion
Murrumbateman's Four Winds Vineyard has raised $21,635 within a month to expand its winery after giving crowdfunding a go. The vineyard sold out of Sangiovese, and nearly all of its Riesling, so it needed more production space before the next vintage.

A glimpse into Keith Tulloch's winery in Pokolbin
Blood is definitely thicker than wine at Keith Tulloch's winery. The Tulloch name is one of those most closely linked with Hunter Valley history, along with Tyrrell, Lindeman, Wilkinson and Wyndham. But of the esteemed group, only Tyrrells and Tullochs still work in the region today.

Riverina wineries host Asian media in bid to increase sales flow
It's a tough gig being a wine writer - drinking your way across the globe in search of a top tipple. It's even tougher for an Australian wine region to convince Asian bloggers and buyers its district has the goods over neighbouring rivals. But the Riverina Winegrapes Marketing Board is fairly confident it did enough to impress its overseas visitors to Griffith, NSW this week.

Barossa Pearl back on the menu
After 30 years, one of Australia's most famous wines - Barossa Pearl - has made a comeback. Steven Johnston wrote to Jacob's Creek earlier this year to ask if rumours were true that the winery was bringing back Barossa Pearl. He told Bernard Hickin, Jacob's Creek chief winemaker, how his parents had toasted their wedding with Barossa Pearl and asked if the wine would be available as a special gift to help them celebrate 50 years of marriage. After hearing the story, Hickin agreed to prepare a one-of-a-kind handmade single bottle.

Clones, rootstocks, weeds and irrigation on the Riverland agenda
An increased number of clones will be evaluated this year as part of an extended research project that aims to identify new clones most suited to the Riverland environment and growing conditions. Chris Byrne, Riverland Wine executive officer, said the increase in numbers will speed up the project timeline and fast-track the outcomes, not just for the Riverland but the broader Australian wine industry.

Air New Zealand Wine Awards to be showcased in Australia
Wines from this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards will be the focus of two upcoming tasting events in Melbourne and Brisbane where guests will be among the first in Australia to sample a selection of 80 gold and silver medal-winning drops. Judges have awarded a record 112 gold medals to wines from around the country at this year’s awards – the highest tally of golds handed out since the competition began in 1974.

Yealands takes top prize at Sustainable Business Awards
Yealands Family Wines has been named the overall winner of the NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards held in Auckland this week. The awards, now in its 12th year, is designed to recognise businesses that are making a difference by innovating and transforming New Zealand’s business landscape.

ProWine China toasts record numbers
ProWein’s 2014 China trade fair, the world’s leading international trade fair for wine and spirits in Shanghai, welcomed a record number of visitors to its three-day event last week. A total of 8250 visitors attended the show, up from 7650 in 2013, while the total number of exhibitors attending rose by 10 per cent to 650.

Wine has to 'talk more to young consumers', says Wine Riot chief
The wine trade is missing out on marketing to women, with many brands pushing “condescending” butterfly or cupcake messages, says Tyler Balliet, founder of Wine Riot in the US. Balliet, who founded Second Glass and launched Wine Riot events after being frustrated with how wine was marketed to younger people, added that many in the trade have "overlooked" millennial consumers.

Portuguese wine is 'best value in UK', according to study
Portuguese wines currently being sold in British supermarkets offer more value for money than other nations' wine, according to an extensive 18-month review by wotwine. The supermarket wine app, which tasted 4280 wines for the study, has found 65 per cent of Portuguese wines on sale in UK supermarkets offer "extra/fair value for money".

County officials say Argentina trip yields benefits
Two Napa County supervisors see the trip they took to an international wine conference in Argentina as reaping benefits for the Napa wine industry. Mark Luce, Brad Wagenknecht and county agricultural commissioner Greg Clark joined a local contingent that went to the Great Wine Capitals General Assembly in Mendoza, Argentina earlier this month.

Big names return for 2015 London Wine Fair
Eighty-three per cent of suppliers at this year’s London Wine Fair have signed up for the 2015 show and they'll be joined by a host of new names. The companies returning include Armit, Australian Vintage, Bancroft, Bibendum PLB, Connoisseur, CyT and Gonzalez Byass among others. Big names that took stands in 2014 such as Accolade and Treasury are yet to sign up, but the fair is still six months away.

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