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News posted on Thursday, 23 March 2017

McGuigan says Australian wine is at war
Four time international winemaker of the year, Neil McGuigan has claimed that the wine industry is at war to win over the hearts and minds of young consumers. "People don't understand that the wine industry is in a war - we are in a war against beer, against spirits and against RTDs," McGuigan said in an exclusive interview at ProWein.

Bureaucracy may halt new winery
RED tape is threatening an $84 million investment and the creation of more than 200 jobs at a major new winery in Sunraysia, State Parliament has been told. The Weilong Wine Company wants to develop a new winery at Red Cliffs that would have a capacity of 84,000 tonnes and employ up to 220 people at the peak of the season.

Music could impact the taste of wine
If you've ever wanted to taste your wine a bit better, then putting on some music could help you detect a few more notes in your drink. If the trick to unlocking a better tasting glass is a pleasant soundtrack, Sonic artist and wine reviewer Jo Burzynska says the key is knowing how to put together the right playlist.

Vermouth is having a moment
Marvellous stuff, wormwood. The fragrant, bitter-tasting, green-grey leaves of the Artemisia absinthium plant have been used for millennia to treat tummy ache and to stimulate appetite. More and more adventurous local winemakers are embracing Vermouth's botanicals, writes Max Allen.

The wild side of Richard McIntyre
Richard McIntyre is a former surgeon, and chief winemaker at Moorooduc Estate, which he and his wife Jill founded. He talks about his career in wine, his obsession with wild yeast, and vents some strong opinions on Chardonnay.

Tasty treble for Church Road
For Chris Scott and the winemaking crew at Church Road, the results of leading Master of Wine Bob Campbell's search for the 12 best Hawke's Bay wines from the 2014 vintage was a satisfying case of "one of each". The Taradale winery grabbed three of the 12 places and did so by nailing one in all three classes which were tasted and scored by Campbell last week.

Winemakers in on the brewing act
It's not just New Zealand's established brewers cranking out new beers; one recent delivery came from a Christchurch-based company better known for its grape-based beverages – Giesen Wines. Three brothers – Marcel, Alex and Theo Giesen – are introducing a range of beers into New Zealand's already crowded beer-scape.

Concern grows as immigration clampdown looms
As the 2017 growing season begins this spring, those winemakers are dealing with a Trump administration hell-bent on cleaning up illegal immigration. As a result, a labor shortage has made it more difficult to find experienced labor and when growers do find it, they pay more money than ever for it.

Willamette Valley: Facilities for white, sparkling wines
Oregon’s Willamette Valley is best known for Pinot Noir wines, but vineyards see increased opportunity in branching out. Domaine Serene, of Dundee Hills, has begun construction of an 8,000-square-foot winery dedicated to producing Chardonnay, sparkling wine and a white version of Pinot Noir, the wine that made the Willamette Valley a player in the international wine scene.

Romania adds to UK wine woes
One of Romania's biggest wine producers, Cramele Recas, has slashed its marketing budget for the UK and intensified export efforts with other European countries, amid continued Brexit uncertainty. Cramele Recas makes 10 million bottles from 1000 hetares (2400 acres) of vines and exports all over the world. At the latest count, 2.65m bottles went to the UK.

NBA Great Yao Ming is making a big impact
Yao Ming released his first wine in 2011, the same year he retired from basketball. His St. Helena, Calif., operation—which produces about 4,500 cases per year—is by no means a vanity project, with Yao playing an active role developing wines that have earned lofty praise (including a score of 95 from Robert Parker for the 2010 Yao Ming Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon).


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