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News posted on Thursday, 22 December 2016

Mums-to-be encouraged to enjoy the water
Expecting mums are being encouraged to save the bubbly for celebrations after the birth of their child; and for breastfeeding mums after they have finished breastfeeding. Warning labels on Australian wine bottles are now reinforcing that message. Australian winemakers continue to work with DrinkWise and the Australian Government to promote the health message that it is safest not to consume alcohol if you are pregnant, considering pregnancy or breastfeeding. A recent review of the top selling Australian wine products in major retail outlets found that 90 per cent carried the DrinkWise pregnancy warning logo.

Multimillion-dollar winery faces objection
China's third-largest winemaker has proposed an $80 million winery in Victoria's north-west. Wei Long Grape Wine Co has proposed a facility with an annual crush of 84,000 tonnes outside of Mildura and the project was in the planning approval stages. Planning consultant James Golsworthy who is heading up the applications for Wei Long said he was concerned an objection to the plans could mean a delay in construction and operation.The objection was concerned about the impact increased traffic would have on local roads and how the development would affect water and power supply to other properties.

How Hot 100 Wines Does Things Differently
Wine shows are curious beasts, quixotic exercises in squeezing the subjective into objective holes. Ultimately they all have the same aim – to find the best wines – but they don’t always take the same path to get there. But no wine show before or since has forged a trail quite like Hot 100 Wines. From its inception a decade ago, the Hot 100 has done things differently. It focused solely on South Australian wines at the outset and from that foundation of geographical rigour it has expanded to become the most open-minded, free thinking and adventurous wine show in the country.

Eileen Hardy chardonnay celebrates 30 years
Unplanned parental obligations prevented me from attending perhaps the most important Australian wine tasting of the past 12 months: 30 years of Eileen Hardy chardonnay. Eileen chardonnay is an important wine in the Australian top-tier chardonnay pantheon as its development over the years reflects in many ways the grape variety's evolution across the country. Indeed, our winemakers have refashioned it to reflect changes in the times, wine lovers' tastes and the nature of what and how we now like to eat.

Best of the West in the Swan Valley
Sparkling, Verdelho, Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Tempranillo and Fortified – these are the six categories where Ray Jordan has rated Swan Valley wines the ‘Best of the West’ in his recently released 2017 wine guide. As Western Australia’s oldest wine region, the Swan Valley is proud of their range of wines. Very few wine regions can say that they are able to produce such a range of quality wines from sparkling through to fortified styles all in the one region.

Tougher liquor control needed
Working in a hospital emergency department must be messy and unpleasant many a time victims of accidents and crime are carried in. But how much worse it must be when the patient is the architect of her or her own misfortune by drinking to excess. And if that is not despicable enough, the drunk and his or her inebriated companions are often abusive and violent to emergency room staff trying to deal with them. "Absolutely diabolical," our heading on this story yesterday, was the gentlest description doctors could have given.

The Bottling Company opens in Marlborough
A new contract bottling company has sprung up in Marlborough to service the needs of the growing wine industry. The Bottling Company was set up by directors Matt Elrick and Stefan Newman in May, after the pair noticed a gap in the bottling market. WineWorks, which bottles 40 per cent of New Zealand wine, has a substantial operation in the region, but Elrick said there was definitely room for a competitor. Total plantings in Marlborough were predicted to increase to almost 30,000 hectares by 2020, and this growth, combined with the effects of the earthquake, meant demand for bottling was on the rise.

The Bottling Company opens in Marlborough
A new contract bottling company has sprung up in Marlborough to service the needs of the growing wine industry. The Bottling Company was set up by directors Matt Elrick and Stefan Newman in May, after the pair noticed a gap in the bottling market. WineWorks, which bottles 40 per cent of New Zealand wine, has a substantial operation in the region, but Elrick said there was definitely room for a competitor. Total plantings in Marlborough were predicted to increase to almost 30,000 hectares by 2020, and this growth, combined with the effects of the earthquake, meant demand for bottling was on the rise.

The ill-health of wine writing
It’s not been a great year for wine writing. Several fellow writers have lost their newspaper columns and regular gigs. It has been particularly tough for those who rely solely on writing for their living; for many like me who have had quite a good year, it has been the lecturing, judging, consulting, presenting and other communication-related activities that has made the difference. The big problem is the continued flight of advertising money away from professionally generated content (newspapers, magazines) onto platforms where the content is user generated (facebook, twitter, google). There’s no money left to pay writers.

WSET names Educator of the Year nominees
The Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced the nominees for its annual Educator of the Year award, which celebrates the achievements of WSET educators. Sponsored by Riedel, the award recognises WSET Approved Programme Providers (APPs) and individual WSET certified educators, with the winner deemed to have best demonstrated a clear dedication and growth in delivering WSET’s courses as well as innovation in wine and spirits education.

Rollin Soles elicits state’s flavourful essence
The story of how Brian Croser, the owner of Australia’s Petaluma winery (co-owned by the revered Champagne house of Bollinger), brought Soles to Oregon to start Argyle winery in Dundee is well known. But what many may not know is that the creation of a world-class sparkling wine program was Argyle’s primary objective. Along the way, Soles just happened to craft some of the top award-winning pinot noir and chardonnay in the Willamette Valley, too, and land more wines on the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list than anyone in Oregon.

Fortified wine sales drop 50% in 10 years
Sales of fortified wine in the UK have more than halved in the past 10 years while the duty paid on them has near quadrupled, figures from the Wine and Spirit Trade Association (WSTA) confirm. Today, the WSTA has launched a campaign to “save Santa’s Sherry” and urge people to “keep passing the Port” in an effort to give the beleaguered category a boost. In 2005 over 61 million litres (600,000 hectolitres), the equivalent of just over 82 million bottles, of fortified wines were sold in the UK. In 2015, 26 million litres (260,000 hectolitres), or just over of 35 million bottles, were sold – a drop of 50 million bottles in a decade.

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