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News posted on Friday, 21 July 2017

Wairarapa Bayer Young Vit of the Year
Congratulations to Ben McNab-Jones from Urlar who became Bayer Wairarapa Young Viticulturist of the Year 2017 on 20 July. This is the second year McNab-Jones has entered the regional competition and luckily this time he will be going through to the National Final to represent the Wairarapa. Source, Winetitles.

NZ Sauv moves past one dimensional label
The perception that Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is “one dimensional” is rapidly diminishing, says the chief winemaker of Brancott Estate, as winemakers up their efforts to highlight sub regional difference and explore the effect of different winemaking techniques. Source, The Drinks Business.

An update from yesterday's WFA briefing
A potential record vintage intake could be announced at the same time $50million is injected into the wine industry marketing efforts. That was the big news from a grape and wine community briefing held in Adelaide on Thursday. Source, Grapegrower & Winemaker.

Rarest grange sells for price of luxury car
A bottle of 1951 Penfolds Grange Hermitage that was originally given away for free has sold at auction for a "staggering" $51,750. The price makes it one of the most expensive bottles ever sold in this country. Source, Sydney Morning Herald.

Standish wine company's epic Shiraz
"The Lamella hails from the Stonegarden vineyard just outside Springton. Planted in 1858, the grapes from this particular vineyard are much sought-after and the Lamella is testament to the vineyard’s reputation amongst local winemakers. It’s epic," writes Dave Brookes for The Adelaide Review.

Understanding your safety obligations on farm
Caroline Graham, CEO of Regional Skills Training explains what your legal responsibilities are in a short YouTube video. She has over 40 years of experience in the agribusiness and horticulture sectors as well as over 20 years in vocational education in lecturing and management, both in the public and private sector. Source, Safe Ag Systems.

Three weeks left to register for 2018 Young Gun
There are only three weeks to go until registrations close for the 2018 Young Gun of Wine Awards. The awards have seen phenomenal growth since opening up to public registrations last year and offer emerging winemakers connections, exposure and a positive brand alignment if they're successful. Source, Winetitles.

Nebbiolo doesn't have to be Italy's blockbuster
"Bottom line: Why spring big bucks for a wine style that way too often, at least to me, was tired and dried out before even being bottled? Fast forward 20 or 30 years and I find an interesting situation has developed at Chez Nous: we are drinking quite a lot of Italian wine," writes Frank Wilden for Business Insider.

Wine Spectator Awards praise Silicon Valley
Twenty-eight Silicon Valley restaurants received a Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Award this year. The magazine, which announced the awards earlier this month, gives three levels of honours. The Award of Excellence, which is awarded to restaurants with at least 90 wine selections, was awarded to 16 Silicon Valley restaurants and 2,335 restaurants across the country. Source, Silicon Valley Business Journals.

Wine fraud as rampant as ever
“There is indeed a thriving market for investment in fine wines, but you need a certain amount of knowledge, an honest broker and to recognise that you may not achieve the returns promised,” says partner Mark Wright, who has 20 years experience in fraud investigations. Quantuma, Wright's insolvency firm, previously dealt with the shambolic collapse of Australian Wine Portfolios. Source, Mirror.

How cask wine became cool again
Bag-in-box wines still have a lingering image problem, says Giorgio de Maria, a Sydney-based sommelier and wine importer. "People associate bag-in-box, or goon, with bad wine,” he says. But despite this impediment, his bag-in-box wines have taken off. Source, The Guardian.

Scientists in search of the wine of tomorrow
What if tomorrow’s wine contained more alcohol and was sweeter because of climate change and earlier grape picking seasons? Bordeaux wine is facing such a risk, with growers encountering increasing challenges over the past decades due to global warming. But since 2009 a group of scientists has been researching how wineries in the region can adapt to higher temperatures and drier summers. Source, Euro News.

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