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News posted on Friday, 23 June 2017

Hawkes Bay Young Vit of the Year winner
The Young Viticulturist of the Year competitions are kicking off around New Zealand. In Hawkes Bay the final round was completed last night and the winner named. Each region will choose a winner then all the regional winners will compete to be declared overall champion.

Do wine bottles need a design update?
Labels, seals and boxes are all accustomed to change in the wine industry. But choice of glass bottles has seen less design innovation. Camellia Aebischer reports on a few examples where something different has been chosen. Source, Grapegrower & Winemaker.

Q&A with Adam Chapman of Sirromet
With qualifications from Melbourne University and the Australian Wine Research Institute, a winemaking career spanning more than thirty vintages in Australia and France, and over 800 medals attributed to his wines, Sirromet’s Chief Winemaker considered himself an expert until a chance encounter on the other side of the globe reminded him that there’s always something new to learn. Source, WSET Global.

From Malbec to mulberry's
If crop diversification is a risk, SA viticulturist Peter Szabo is proof that gambles can pay off harnessing the odd backyard tree. Mr Szabo is one of the country's only commercial mulberry producers, having turned some of his Riverland wine grapes into 26 rows of the fruit. Source, The ABC.

Grenache of the south
Philip White recommends 18 favourites from the current crop of McLaren Vale's distinctive and resurgent Grenache wines. Source, InDaily.

Export Partnership Program funding
Announced on June 20 by Investment and Trade Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith, the latest round of the state government’s Export Partnership Program includes funding for businesses in the food and wine, education, manufacturing and ICT sectors, operating across the metropolitan area and regional South Australia. Source, Brand SA.

In defence of the half-bottle
"If asked, I imagine most people would admit that when they walk into a wine store, they fly right by the half-bottle section. In fact, a lot of people probably do not even realize it is there." Source, Vine Pair.

Orange wine review
"We pride ourselves in this country on our openness to new influences, but when it comes to orange wine, Canada has the edge. I’ve just spent a few days in Montreal, where practically every restaurant lists orange wines." Source, The Guardian.

Evidence that pre-Roman Brits had wine
The discovery of Roman pottery in a Celtic village in southwestern England suggests ancient Britain’s trading links with mainland Europe were more extensive and that wine drinking was more common than previously thought in pre-Roman Britain. Source, The Drinks Business.

Zinfandel for summertime
"Temperatures are soaring this week in Central and Northern California, reaching 111° F in Healdsburg on Sunday, for example. We're drinking Rosé just to survive, but Zinfandel has been on my mind, too." Source, Wine Spectator.

Whitebaiter claims he found stolen wine stash
A man caught with 22 bottles of rare and expensive stolen wine says he found them at a river while whitebaiting. More than 50 cases of wine, worth about $50,000, were taken from Fromm Winery's wine library in Renwick, Marlborough, in August last year. Source, Stuff.

Winery hopeful of show success
Entries are now open for the Riverina Wine Makers Association’s 2017 shows including the Hilltops wine show and Riverina region wine show, with Hilltops winemakers being among those events’ most successful entrants in past shows. Source, Young Witness.

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