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News posted on Friday, 22 January 2016

Treasury Wine Estates upgrades profit forecasts
Treasury Wine Estates, the owner of brands including Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Rosemount, has upgraded its profit forecasts after strong sales, with the China business a standout as demand continues to rise for the flagship Penfolds brand. Treasury chief executive Mike Clarke said on Thursday after the sharemarket closed that there had been a strong first-half result across all of the main regions, which include Asia, Australia and the United States.

Mt Lubra fire - a decade on
TOM Guthrie will never forget the sight of the massive wall of flames coming over the hill and realising there was nothing he could do to fight it. Only five per cent of his 1300-hectare property, Thermopylae, was untouched by the Mt Lubra fire on January 22, 2006. The 3.2-hectare Grampians Estate vineyard he ran with his wife Sarah was all but destroyed as fire swept across the property.

Sydney Wine Academy students shine at WSET exams
John MacKinnon, Executive Sommelier at Shangri-La Hotels, Sydney, and Joel Beerden, a freelance writer, have received recognition for their exceptional WSET examination results in the last academic year. MacKinnon, who completed the WSET Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits, won the Fine Wine Partners (FWP) Scholarship and will receive a $1,000 grant towards further wine studies and $1,000 towards a cellar from FWP’s portfolio, as well as an engraved Spiegelau decanter. MacKinnon said he was “honoured and humbled in receiving this award”.

Making an art of red wine
Custodians of a vineyard once owned by a famous Barossan pioneer, winemakers Bernadette Kaeding and Sam Kurtz make a small range of hand-crafted, single-vineyard red wines. A love for the Barossa and its rich history of great, full-flavoured reds led Kaeding and Kurtz in 1996 to buy a small plot of Grenache bush vines once farmed by pioneer Elmore Schulz. They say the site proved itself to be outstanding for growing vines for red wine.

Wine & Viticulture Journal tasting to focus on Australian cool climate Shiraz
Cool climate Shiraz from Australia will be the focus of the Wine & Viticulture Journal’s next regular tasting. Producers of these wines are invited to register their interest in the tasting by emailing Wine & Viticulture Journal editor Sonya Logan ([email protected]) by no later than next Thursday (28 January).

Matua Vintners named official wines of the 22nd SAG awards
Wines from Treasury Wine Estate's Beringer and Matua vintners will be poured at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® and at the Post Awards Gala hosted by People Magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation, SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams announced today.

Twelve Questions: Chris Scott
Church Road’s senior wine maker Chris Scott quit his accounting degree to study wine making in the Hawkes Bay and has never looked back. His Church Road Mcdonald Series Syrah took out the Champion Wine of the Show prize at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Why we need a radical new approach to wine
It all started when I grew weary of wine culture and the experience of drinking wine in general. Drinking alcohol should never make you feel dumb or belittled. It should never make you think, What the fuck is that? You should be able to pick up a wine list and feel comfortable and find things that are relatable, regardless of your prior wine knowledge. It’s just alcohol in a glass, after all. This level of casual comfort when ordering wine is what I have achieved with my wine menu at Hatchet Hall.

SA and its wine 'need more sex appeal'
South Africa as well as its wine do not really have a sexy image internationally and this lack of sex appeal shows in falling in sales of SA wine, according to Jane Robertson, category development director at Accolade Wines. A lot of retailers abroad do not understand SA and SA wine and this leads to them easily cutting it from ranges they stock, she warned at the Nedbank VinPro information day on Thursday.

Hong Kong drinkers visiting Macau now spoilt for choice of world wines
Macau’s wine scene has been shaped by centuries of Portuguese culture and tradition. When Portuguese sailors first dropped anchor in the enclave, no doubt there were a few oak barrels on board. Today, Macau is a different beast – less “yo ho ho and a bottle of rum”, more ooh-ahh and a bottle of red. In any case, Macau’s dual Sino-Portuguese heritage makes it one of the few Asian nations with an established Eurocentric wine culture.

Wildfires Threaten Vineyards in South Africa's Stellenbosch
Staff members at several prominent wineries on the famed Simonsberg mountain in South Africa's Stellenbosch district have been battling a large wildfire that erupted yesterday. Local news reports estimate at least 2,000 acres have been damaged so far, with parts of the fire still not contained. "It was a crazy, hectic night," said Miles Mossop, winemaker at Tokara winery. "The fire started over the mountain from us at around 10:30 a.m., and about 5 p.m. was looking like it might come under control.

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