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News posted on Friday, 21 October 2005

Hawke’s Bay wine takes the champion’s crown
Hawke’s Bay further cemented itself as a hub of top-flight wines with the 2004 Gunn Estate Skeetfield Chardonnay taking the Champion of the Show award at the International Chardonnay Challenge in Gisborne on 21 October 2005. The 2004 Chardonnay headed off 460 others from Australia, South Africa, Canada and New Zealand, to take the coveted award.

Price of wine falls following grape glut
Wine drinkers have never had it so good, wrote Bridie Smith on the Sydney Morning Herald on 21 October 2005. A glut, described as the worst in decades, has caused retail prices to plummet.

Portugal pours its answer to Shiraz
The Portuguese have always been enthusiastic drinkers despite the fact that their wines are the most rustic and challenging in the world. Attempts at export have been difficult, especially in recent years when the market has been flooded with easy-drinking wines from Australia and other New World countries. Billy Munnelly reports on US-based Metro News, 20 October 2005.

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