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News posted on Monday, 20 November 2017

Triple trophy win for Saint Clair
The Winestate official awards presentation was held in Queenstown on November 16 and family owned Marlborough winery, Saint Clair Family Estate, was awarded the New Zealand Winery of the Year trophy. The Winemaker of the Year trophy also went to Saint Clair's head winemaker, Hamish Clark. Source, Winetitles.

Toast success despite the weather
The weather threatened, but the rain held off as thousands flooded into Wairarapa for the annual Toast Martinborough festival. The wine festival is one of the region's largest events with music, big crowds and copious amounts of wine flooding the town of Martinborough. Source, Stuff.

Taste testing synthetic wine
As engineered meat alternatives have begun to make their way into grocery stores and restaurants, wine made using similar techniques may not be far behind. The idea of a wine generated in a lab seems a bit … unromantic, for starters. Nonetheless, the potential is intriguing. Source, Slate.

Burgundy's answer to Kobe beef
As the unofficial capital of France's Burgundy region, Beaune is a town that thrives on wine -- and now even its cows are going to taste like grapes. This weekend will see luminaries of the wine-making world descend on the ancient eastern town for its huge annual Hospices de Beaune charity auction. Source, The Local.

Climate change ripens prospects in Germany
Across Europe, hotter temperatures are reshaping the wine industry. In southern Spain and Italy, growers worry the heat will dry out their vines. A fledgling wine business is taking root in the United Kingdom. In Germany, warming has been a blessing, and it comes as Riesling enjoys a renaissance, especially among American drinkers. Source, National Public Radio.

After fires, California urges tourists
As the recovery continues from last month’s devastating Northern California wildfires, the iconic wine regions are looking to kick-start their important hospitality and tourism industry with a simple message: We are open for business. Source, The Ledger.

A new president for the ASVO
On November 17 The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) announced the appointment of a new president. Dr Anthony Robinson of Treasury Wine Estates, will now fulfil the role, in place of Dr Mardi Longbottom. Source, Winetitles.

Rose becoming popular with Aussie men
Sydney is seeing a Rosé revival and for the blokes the glass is half full. Forget your craft beers, instead a bottle of pink plonk is proving a hit for the guys. Duane Roy, from Glandore Estate Wines, said Rosé was definitely becoming a popular drop for men. Source, The Daily Telegraph.

Nebbiolo shines in the hills
"Certain wine varieties breed obsessives – in a good way, if that’s how you roll. Nebbiolo is one of those, originating from Italy’s northwest alpine foothills Piedmonte region, the most renowned appellations being Barola and Barbaresco, whose big hitter producers head well north of $100, and often much more," writes Tony Love for The Source.

Minimalist philosophy helps Seabrook
Hamish Seabrook drives around his Barossa Valley vineyard in a David Brown 885 open-aired tractor two years older than him. Seabrook, 44, says the tractor is lighter than the modern monsters that churn the good earth and then compact it. Source, The Courier Mail.

Former ARL boss launches Chardonnay
Rugby league legend John Quayle is launching a Hunter Valley Chardonnay in November, exclusively available at Cellarmasters. The Cloud Cloaked Winds of Change Hunter Valley Chardonnay 2017 has been made using grapes from Quayle’s Winbirra Estate in Denman. Source, The Musswellbrook Chronicle.


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