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News posted on Monday, 21 March 2016

Rose on the rise: the pink wine makes a comeback
It was just after Christmas when I realised the rose revival had well and truly arrived. Strolling through my local wine barn, I turned into the pink wine aisle and was met by a scene of pillage and plunder. The normally neatly stacked shelves were half empty; cardboard wine boxes had been broken into, their contents raided. It was if a mob of thirsty shoppers in a rose rage had descended on the store, buying bottles faster than staff could restock.

Wine glut causes financial hangover for vineyard owners
Low prices, lack of demand and high costs are forcing many owners of hobby farm wineries to plough up their vines or create an outlet for their home-grown labels, agricultural specialists say. Sam Paton, a valuer with Agribusiness Valuations Australia, said dreams of creating a flourishing winery had routinely turned sour for a generation of vintners. "Most of them were city professionals, like lawyers, doctors, or dentists, with plenty of cash but little business savvy," Mr Paton said.

Adelaide officially a "Great Wine Capital"
A State Government push to formalise Adelaide as one of the world’s “Great Wine Capitals” has finally come to fruition, despite previous industry concerns. The Great Wine Capitals scheme is a network of international cities which, according to the group’s website, “share a key economic and cultural asset: their internationally renowned wine regions”.

Crittenden Estate: Stay a while
A new wine centre, a top-notch restaurant and brilliant over-water villas make Crittenden Estate a must-stop in Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. With its enviable position in Melbourne’s “dress circle,” the Mornington Peninsula is perfectly situated for a weekend escape for those seeking fine food and wine. The recently opened wine centre, combined with the restaurant and accommodation at Crittenden Wines near Dromana, has taken the region’s appeal to a whole new level.

How to be a wine expert: Adam Cotterell, Alex Russell, Sam Connew and others explain how
Here’s a great trick I learned early on in my wine career: just close your eyes. The next time you stick your nose into a wine glass, or take a sip of something you’ve never tasted before, let those eyelids fall and concentrate on your other senses: think about the aroma molecules jostling for attention in your nostrils; pay attention to the flavour molecules tumbling around on your tongue.

Winemakers hope to protect NZ varieties in Europe
Winemakers plan to protect New Zealand regional names in Europe, with a proposal about geographical origins moving a step closer to becoming law. Parliament has now had its first reading of the Geographical Indications Amendment Bill. Wine industry lawyer John Barker said, once the bill passed into law, exporters would be allowed to head to Europe to register the likes of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Nelson Vineyard wins international wine award
A Nelson winery has won a gold medal and best in show at one of Europe's leading wine competitions, the Mundus Vini Grand International Wine Awards. Blackenbrook Vineyard was one of four New Zealand wineries to be awarded a gold and also collected the Best in Show for New Zealand Red Wine for their 2014 Family Reserve pinot noir. Blackenbrook Vineyard co-owner Ursula Schwarzenbach said winning the award was a great accomplishment for the winery.

UC Davis conference offers insights into the changing Chinese wine market
A one-day conference on April 13 at UC Davis will examine the evolving wine import market in China. “Insights into the Changing Wine Market in China,” hosted by the Confucius Institute and Global Affairs, features a panel of international speakers exploring ways to promote California wines in the unique Chinese market and share insider tips they have learned along the way. The speakers, from California, France, China and Australia, all have research data as well as direct experience in the Chinese wine market.

For wine producers, small is beautiful – but big is useful
When it comes to questions of size, there’s a kind of inverse-machismo at work in the wine business. Everybody wants to cultivate that sense of underdog, salt-of-the-earth, rustic cool that comes with being perceived as small. At times, it can be absurd. On the one hand, you have multi-million-selling brands attempting to camouflage the scale of their production with suggestive back-label trigger words such as “artisan”, “terroir” and “craft”.

Beer and winemaking among top dream jobs
Winemakers and brewers should count their blessings, as their jobs are among the top dream careers that people would most like to do, a new study has revealed. Nearly one in ten people dreams of brewing beer or making wine as their job – the eighth most popular ideal career – according to a new survey. As many as 9% of the 2,000 British people interviewed for the study said that making their favourite tipple for a living would be an ideal career.

Online wine: Retailers should cut the clutter
Online wine retailers need to do more to cut through the increasing “clutter” of online wine sales and appeal to consumers, importers and suppliers have warned. Currently, the online market represents 8.8% of the total off-trade wine sales, according to the Wilson Drinks Report, but has been forecast to grow. However as the growth of wine e-commerce continues to grow, importers and distributors warn that online retailers will need to do more to stand out in the market.

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