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News posted on Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Biosecurity tips
Tip#14: Record any abnormal growth symptoms of newly planted or grafted vines. Confirm the cause and feed information back to your vine material supplier or grafter. #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

Kiwi nominated for top global wine role
New Zealand Winegrowers welcomes the New Zealand government’s nomination of Dr John Barker as a candidate for the role of Director General of the International Organisation of Vine & Wine (OIV). The current Director General, M. Jean-Marie Aurand of France, will step down from his role in December 2018, after serving a five year term. Source, Winetitles.

Grape juice treated like wine
A new sparkling grape juice is being treated like booze, despite not containing a single drop of alcohol. Lisa Newlands, 43, attempted to buy a bottle of the Lindauer's new faux bubbly and left empty handed because customers must have ID and purchase within the store's alcohol-dealing hours. Source, Stuff.

Gallo winery could mean free for all in Lodi
Phil Abba has a working relationship with E&J Gallo. His family has sold grapes to the Modesto-based winemaker since the 1960s. That doesn’t mean he wants Gallo, the largest exporter of California wine, building a massive new winery in the vineyards across the road from his own rural home in the Acampo area. Source, Recordnet.

Georgian wine wins top prize in Poland
20 Georgian wine companies have participated in the international wine fair EnoExpo 2017 held in Krakow, Poland this month. The EnoExpo is considered one of the most important and professional events in the wine industry in Poland. Source, Agenda.

Neal Martin leaves Wine Advocate for Vinous
Having worked for Parker since 2006, news of Martin’s departure was posted on Galloni’s Vinous website today. “Life should be about exploring possibilities. The prospect of joining Vinous raised so many that it was impossible to resist being a part of a truly world-class team,” Martin said. Source, The Drinks Business.

Water out of wine
A University of Saskatch­ewan PhD chemistry student has devised a new and more energy-efficient way to separate water from ethanol. Leila Dehabadi is using starch-based materials such as corn, and can extract the water without using additional energy to isolate the ethanol, which could reduce the cost of biofuels. Source, Manitoba Cooperator.

Sunraysia growers rebound after storm
Remembrance Day last year is not easily forgotten by the fruit growers of Sunraysia. About 7pm that day, as many sat down for dinner, a savage storm swept through the region, unleashing 100km/h winds and dumping large hailstones the size of golf balls. Source, The Weekly Times Now.

Where to go in Australian wine country
"With over 60 wine regions to choose from, Australia makes it very hard to narrow down options for oenophiles." Conde Nast has summarised Australian Wine Country for our friends in the USA. Did your region make the list?

Penfolds, a winemaking inspiration
The Australian wine industry contains only one truly inspiring company of world-leading international stature: Penfolds. The Penfolds Peter Gago-led front line has taken just 15 years to build the most creative, adventurous and successful wine company on the planet. Source, Community News Group.

ALDI's Jason Bowyer on its liquor success
We know that ALDI wines are cheap and win multiple awards, but Jason Bowyer says the hidden secret to its success is passion. “The golden rule we work on is that a $10 wine at ALDI should drink like a standard $20-25 wine to ensure the customer always gets a good experience." Source, Drinks Central.

Fine wine, art and good humour
Artist Pieter Zaadstra, owner of the White Church Gallery in Glengarry, has joined with national company CelebriWines to produce fine art labels with portraits of celebrities for reserve-level wines. His first label, portraying ‘Con the Fruiterer’ are now being showcased on two Tasmanian wines from Nocton Vineyards. Source, The Examiner.

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