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News posted on Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Cask wine sales could be restricted in the city to reduce problem drinking in the Parklands
CASK wine sales in the city could be restricted under a proposal being considered by the Adelaide City Council to combat problem drinking in the Parklands. Councillor Sandy Wilkinson yesterday suggested making a submission to the Senior Officers Group responsible for administering the Parklands dry zone — which includes representatives from the council, health agencies and police — to consider whether restricting the sale of low-cost and high-volume alcohol, such as cask and fortified wines, in the city would reduce problem drinking and anti-social behaviour.

Premier insists mine won’t conflict with new Petaluma winery
PREMIER Jay Weatherill yesterday spruiked the potential of South Australia’s clean, green food industry at a newly-opened winery — 400m from a proposed underground gold mine. Petaluma’s new winery at Woodside in the Adelaide Hills is just 400m from a potential gold mine planned by Adelaide company Terramin Australia. Bird in Hand winery is also right next door. Last month Terramin said it had bought 365,000sqm of land at Bird in Hand, in preparation for the development of a gold mine which would operate for four years.

WINE: Hancocks in new venture
AS a one-time Penfolds winemaker he oversaw several Grange vintages, he was a key figure in Rosemount's growth from a small Denman grape-growing operation into an industry giant and now at the age of 74 Chris Hancock has launched a new eponymous wine brand. It's called Hancock and Hancock and is a joint venture between Chris and his younger brother John. The inaugural releases are 2014-vintage McLaren Vale shiraz-grenache and cabernet-touriga reds.

Do Medals Matter: Deciphering Wine Awards
There are two types of people in the wine-buying world. There’s the “it wouldn’t have won this many awards if it wasn’t a good wine” camp, and then the “wine awards can tell you nothing aside from the size of a winery’s budget” camp. Which one are you? Are those shiny medals useless, or a handy shortcut when looking for a quality wine? Welcome to Part 3 of Lifehacker’s wine guide, where we decipher what — if anything — a wine’s medal collection can teach you.

Marlborough Sauvignon shortage could be ‘healthy’
A Sauvignon shortage in Marlborough could be healthy for the image and profitability of the famous New Zealand region, according to one producer. Clive Jones, winemaker at Nautilus Estate and chairman of Wine Marlborough, told db that this year’s smaller vintage will ensure the sell-out of Sauvignon stocks ahead of next year’s harvest, removing the need to sell wine at low prices, which damages both the region’s reputation, and producers’ margins.

Daniel Le Brun scores hat-trick at NZ’s biggest wine show
The New Zealand premium sparkling brand, Daniel Le Brun, scooped three gold medals at the recently held 2015 New Zealand International Wine Show. In an exceptional display of consistency, the Daniel Le Brun Brut Non-Vintage, Daniel Le Brun Rosé and the Daniel Le Brun 2009 Blanc de Blancs were all awarded with gold medals, from a pool of over 2,000 wine entries worldwide. Daniel Le Brun’s three winning wines will be formally honoured along with other medallists at the 2015 Awards Dinner, to be held at Auckland’s Crowne Plaza Hotel on September 26 2015.

Premium-minded consumers split wine market, wine execs say
California’s wine industry will continue to split most of its sales above and below the $10-dollar-per-bottle mark, enjoying a rise in overall consumption and a growing emphasis on premium, rather than economy, wines, reported wine industry leaders surveyed by UC Davis. Challenges remain in the form of consolidation in the distribution and retail arms of the industry as well as in water and other environmental issues, the survey respondents said.

UV innovation in wine tank cleaning
SANTA ROSA – The first method for sanitizing large capacity 100,000 gallon stainless steel wine storage tanks without using any water or chemicals – and the only one commercially available on the market today – was demonstrated at the Jackson Family Wines production facility in Santa Rosa on Friday. The new system uses advanced short-wave ultraviolet ray technology in the “C” band of UV light, called UVC, to sanitize large stainless wine storage tanks using low pressure mercury lamps.

White Bordeaux is ready for its spotlight
In all the years I've been drinking wine, I'm always happy when someone serves me a dry white Bordeaux. But until now I've rarely bought or ordered one because too few have given me the consistent pleasure I've derived from other white wines, not least a wide array of white Burgundies. Of course, I am well aware of the excellence of the 50/50 Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend of Haut-Brion and the 55% Semillon, 35% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle of La Tour-Martillac.

Chilean winery watches wine drain away after earthquake
Six days after an 8.3 magnitude earthquake struck Chile, residents of Coquimbo province and other impacted areas are still assessing damage and beginning to dig out. The extent of the impact of the quake and the massive waves it triggered is still unknown. Chile's wine industry seems to have escaped with minor damage, but at least one winery has lost much of the wine that was aging in tanks and barrels.

21st Century Vino in London
Walter Speller, the Italy correspondent for Jancis Robinson's site explains his journey of discovery with Australian wine, which he calls ‘the Italian miracle’. And he describes why he’s excited about 21st Century Vino in London. "I met Jane Faulkner, Melbourne-based wine writer, a couple of years ago in Alba where we taste the Barolo and Barbaresco en primeur. Last year she invited me to be the international judge at the AAVWS, which I was more than happy to do because I was very interested to experience first-hand how Italian varieties were doing in Australia."




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