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News posted on Thursday, 22 September 2016

China's Weilong to invest $120m in Australian vineyards
China's third-biggest wine maker has purchased three vineyards in Australia as part of its plan to invest $120 million across the country in land and processing facilities.

Last chance to win a trip to Bordeaux!
The closing date for responses to the AWRI Vineyard and Winery Practices Survey has been extended until 29 September. The winner of the trip to Bordeaux to see all the latest vineyard and winery equipment at

Assistant Agriculture and Water Resources Minister tips ruling on backpacker tax
THE impasse on the backpacker tax – which has farmers fearing they won’t have the labour to pick the harvest – should be resolved in days, says Senator Anne Ruston.

Australia presents artisanal credentials to UK trade at Shoreditch tasting
Cargo nightclub in Shoreditch saw 23 boutique and artisanal winemakers showing some 220 wines to the UK’s independently minded on- and off-trade at the inaugural Artisans of Australian Wine tasting on 20 September.

NSW Wine Awards judging in Cessnock
More than 800 wines are being swirled, sniffed, swished and spat at Cessnock Leagues Club this week as judging for the 2016 NSW Wines Awards takes place

Australian Pinot Noir
The Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, Australia, is producing beautiful Pinot Noirs from a variety of new and well-established wineries. Roger Jones explores what’s on offer

Salud! 30-year-old L'Etoile sommelier James Juedes learns on his feet
A few years ago, James Juedes decided he wanted to learn about wine. In 2012, after emailing every winery he could think of in Wisconsin, he showed up on the doorstep of Fisher King Winery in Mount Horeb.

Tesco strengthens own label wine range
Tesco has boosted its own label range with the introduction of more than 20 new lines under its core and premium finest* wine range – which it says has seen “significant” growth over the summer.

Majestic Wine shares dive on profit warning
Shares in Majestic Wine have sunk by nearly a quarter after it warned its profits would be lower than expected.

Clemens: Chardonnay is the world's second-most planted white wine grape
Chardonnay is the grape people love to hate and hate to love. Many remember dreadful times in the ’80s and ’90s when chardonnay was all about oak and butter. ABC (“Anything But Chardonnay”) resistance groups sprang up.

Wine Regions on the Rise
Grapes are being grown and wines are being made in more and more places around the globe. Here’s a look at some of the world’s up-and-coming vinous neighborhoods.

Italian wine by the book: the Barbaresco encyclopedia
Vinyl, film, fixies, books. All making a rock-solid comeback, God bless the hipsters. I'm indifferent to the first three, being digital in my music and image acquisition and geared in the treadlie department. But I do adore paper and print: the look, feel and smell of it.

AB Mauri



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