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News posted on Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Biosecurity tips
Tip#1: Are you biosecurity ready? Make sure you know where phylloxera is in Australia. http://www.vinehealth.com.au/media/phylloxera_zones_map_19072017.pdf #Vinehealth

NZ wine tasting team to compete on world stage
New Zealand will send a team to compete in the World Wine Blind Tasting Challenge for the first time this year. On Monday, 41 competitors, mainly sommeliers and restauranteurs, sniffed and sipped dozens of wines for a chance to represent New Zealand against the world's top wine tasters in Nuits-Saint-Georges, France, on 13 and 14 October. Source, Stuff

Jones confesses to destroying $60k of rivals wine
A Barossa Valley winemaker has confessed on the first day of his court trial to deliberately destroying more than $60,000 worth of shiraz and chardonnay at a rival company. Trevor David Jones pleaded guilty in Adelaide's District Court to two counts of damaging property at Kellermeister Wines at Lyndoch in February 2015. Source, The ABC.

Free trade deal helps WA China sales
Denamark's Rockcliffe winery expects to sell $400,000 of wine to China this financial year. Owner Steve Hall said the China Australia Free Trade Agreement was making WA wine more competitive, a trend that would accelerate as tariffs were reduced in coming years. Source, The West Australian.

Winery wins best cider award
Sidewood Estate in the Adelaide Hills has just won best perry-style cider at the 2017 World Cider Awards. Created by Sidewood’s Michael Redman, the perry-style Basket Pressed Pear Cider beat out 25 entrants, including five other Australian entries, at the 2017 World Cider Awards, held in London. Source, The Source SA.

Pinot Noir salon gives taste of good things to come
Wine writers, buyers and communicators were invited to attend a Pinot Noir salon at Cloudy Bay in Marlborough. It was hosted by estate director Yang Shen, senior winemaker Tim Heath and viticulture manager Jim White along with Cloudy Bay winemakers Mario Dussurget Victor Joyeux and Dan Sorrell. The focus of the salon was to explore wines of the world that influence Pinot Noir production at Cloudy Bay. Source, Stuff

Smashable Grenache from Riley Harrison
"The 60 per cent whole bunches in the ferment open the wine up and let a light breeze in. It doesn’t smell overly bunchy on the nose; all red berry and plum fruits dotted with exotic spice and floral flourishes," writes Dave Brooks for The Adelaide Review.

UK wine exports top £270m
Figures from the Food and Drink Federation reveal that wine exports are now worth over £270 million in the first six months of 2017. This is a 21% increase in value and a 15.4% increase in volume sales from January to July 2017. The UK now exports more wine than beef or pork. Source, Food & Drink International.

Béatrice Cointreau selling $12m vineyard
Béatrice Cointreau, French winemaker and descendant of the founders of Cointreau and Remy Martin spirits, is selling her five-acre Malibu vineyard for $12.5 million. The winemaker is headed back to Europe to focus on a new French Champagne. Source, Mansion Global.

Women in Wine Awards finalists
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society together with the Australian Women in Wine Awards Advisory Board, today announce the finalists of the 2017 Australian Women in Wine Awards. Source, Winetitles.

Tom King of TWE joins WSTA board
Tom King, managing director of Europe for Treasury Wine Estates, has joined the board of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association. King joined TWE in 2013, firstly as commercial director global travel retail and then a year later as general manager. Source, The Drinks Business.

Cold tolerant yeast strains for wine
The new cold-tolerant hybrid strains developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland enable fermentation at lower and higher temperatures than before. Production at lower temperature reduces the risk of contamination and possibly allows reduction of the use of sulphates. Source, Phys.

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