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News posted on Monday, 22 August 2016

How Dormilona winemaker Josephine Perry makes award-winning natural wines
The Young Guns of Wine Awards has just chalked up its 10th year and this year’s winner, Josephine Perry from Dormilona in Yallingup, Western Australia, created a couple of firsts. It’s the first time a winemaker from the relatively conservative Margaret River winemaking region has won. And it’s the first time the award was won for natural wine, including one fermented and matured in clay amphora.

This 1997 ad shows how Penfold's red wines have gone up in price over the last two decades
Treasury Wine Estates has gone from problem to golden child in just two years since Michael Clarke took over as CEO. The company, which owns some of Australia’s most famous brands, including Penfolds, Wolf Blass, Rosemount and Lindeman’s, announced that its profit had more than doubled, sending the share price up around 11% too.

Shiraz, grenache and mourvedre – Barossa’s brilliant threesome
THE Barossa translates in most people’s awareness to big, robust reds – Shiraz ruling above and beyond all other grapes. The existence of glorious old vines and their capacity to become ripe, sweet-fruited and generous red wine is without question the region’s star attraction. Then there’s the excitement of the ensemble casting that comes in blends of that same Shiraz with Grenache and Mataro (aka Mourvedre) varieties which also have been growing in Barossa soils for many decades.

The results are in: Hunter Valley wine show 2016
The results are in and apparently local winemakers are a “pretty canny lot”. This is the opinion of Chairman of the Judges for the 2016 Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show, PJ Charteris. “On the first morning tasting the 2016 Semillons there were some real highlights from what was a challenging vintage. To look at wines with purity and clarity varietal characteristics was very, very positive for the region,” he said. “So that was neat to see straight off the bat.”

Houghton’s tawny port to sail with Duyfken on 400th anniversary voyage
A BARREL of Swan Valley wine is an unlikely choice of passenger for a journey at sea, but chief executive of the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation Peter Bowman says it is a necessity. A ‘pipe’ of Houghton Wine’s tawny port will set sail today for a three-month expedition along the WA coastline on replica Dutch sailing ship Duyfken, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the landing of Captain Dirk Hartog at Shark Bay.

Wine industry worker treatment 'putting sales in danger'
Serious breaches of employment standards among contractors operating in Marlborough vineyards are threatening the wine industry's reputation, says a labour inspector. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says a joint operation involving labour, immigration and tax officials found problems with several contractors visited.

National young viticulturist and winemaker competitions come to Marlborough
The future stars of the New Zealand wine industry will be in Marlborough on Tuesday, competing for the coveted titles of best young viticulturist and winemaker. The Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year and Tonnellerie de Mercurey New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year competitions are being held in the region to tie in with the Romeo Bragato Conference. The industry conference, which was last held in Marlborough two years ago, starts on Wednesday and runs through to Friday at the ASB Theatre Marlborough.

Rod McDonald Wines flourishing in Hawke's Bay
The Hawke's Bay community know a thing or two about wine - and there is nowhere else Rod McDonald would rather be. The winemaker and owner of Rod McDonald Wines has worked in the industry for 20 years. In 2010 the highly regarded wine judge and former winemaker of the year launched his own-brand wines and then partnered with Mike Farrugia in 2012 to expand the brand. "The idea was to apply what I learned making wine and to make something different.”

Languedoc vines suffer ‘worst hail in living memory’
A deluge of hail stones has hit vineyards in one of the most prestigious areas of Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France. A fierce hailstorm on Wednesday afternoon (17 August) turned streets white and sent golf-ball sized stones of ice plunging into vineyards in the Pic-St-Loup area ofLanguedoc, north of Montpellier. Winemaker Fabrice Bonmarchand told Le Point newspaper nearly all vineyards near to the village of Lauret had been damaged to some extent.

Wine Institute of California shuts UK office: John McLaren reacts
OLN was shocked and saddened to learn that the UK office of the Wine Institute of California will close due to severe cuts in funding from the Department of Agriculture in Washington DC. John McLaren and Venla Freeman have spent 21 years spearheading the Californian wine category in the UK from their London office and it is the end of an era for these hugely respected industry leaders.

In the competitive wine world, labels can make all the difference
Wine companies have a lot of demands. They must grow and secure grapes. They have to oversee a laborious winemaking process through bottling. Then they have to compete on the supermarket shelf with thousands of competitors. But a key factor in a wine’s success is packaging, which can make or break a brand as evidenced by speakers Wednesday at the Wines & Vines Packaging Conference held at the Lincoln Theatre.

Why America is drunk on canned wine
It's never too late to crack open a can of chardonnay. This summer, millions of wine drinkers ditched corks and slipped a can of wine in to-go bags. Canned wine is a booming, if relatively new, sector of the wine business in the USA. Nielsen reported a whopping 125.2% increase in sales of canned wine alone in the past year. Sales went up to $14.5 million from $6.4 million the previous year.

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