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News posted on Friday, 22 July 2005

US consumers have a thirst for wine
Wine exporters, listen up: Wine has hit a consumer preference high in the US. For the first time in Gallup's measurement of Americans' drinking preferences, there is a statistical tie between wine and beer as the alcoholic beverage adult drinkers say they drink most often, the research company said today.

AUS: Wine industry hits a low
The Australian wine industry has hit a low - an emergency meeting has been held in one of the nation's premier wine region's this afternoon to discuss the implications of the wine glut. Many growers' contracts aren't being renewed and grapes are being left to rot on the vine to rot as prices hit rock bottom.

AUS: Smaller cartons to increase costs for winemakers
Small wineries say production costs could double if they are forced to put fewer bottles in cartons destined for supermarket shelves.

AUS: Wine industry 'facing catastrophe'
The Australian wine industry is on the brink of short-term catastrophe, grape growers from the premier Barossa Valley region say. Oversupply of wine grapes and massive stockpiles of wine have been identified as signals of a crisis which has forced many wine grapes to wither on the vine.

Evans & Tate capital funding comes with conditions
Australian wine maker Evans & Tate will search for a new chief executive after agreeing to a management restructure as part of a A$10 million ($11 million) bank funding condition.

University of California Scientists Find Herbicide-Resistant Horseweed in California
The natural Cold Prefermentary Maceration (CPM) of red grapes has more or less always been a practice used in Burgundy. This is because of the generally low temperatures at harvest time and the absence of thermal control equipment in this area. Twenty years ago, California wineries used this thermal technique with more or less success redubbing it "cold soaking." Since then, CPM has been adopted under various forms by all of the New World winegrowing countries.

Researchers identify alcohol tolerance
Japanese researchers say they have identified the physical differences between people who get drunk easily and those who can hold their liquor - a discovery that can help refine the use of medicine.

French uncork hi-tech stopper
The wine industry battle between corks and screw caps has taken a new twist with the introduction of a new hi-tech French cork. New Zealand wine makers have embraced screw caps to avoid tainting and spoilage that can be caused by wine coming into contact with natural cork stoppers.

No corkscrew required
A Sonoma wine company with a history of thinking big is betting consumers are ready to hear their $14 bottle of Napa cabernet sauvignon open with a crack instead of a pop, the latest sign that screw cap wines are becoming mainstream.

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