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News posted on Monday, 23 October 2017

Bledisloe in a bottle: AU v NZ wine battle
Australia and New Zealand, long rivals on the sports field, are now competing on a global scale in wine exports “It's always nice to be doing well in Australia and beating them in some markets,” Philip Gregan, CEO of New Zealand Winegrowers, said. Source, Nine News.

Vic Legend of the Vine awarded
Eric Vivian Thomson, fondly known as Viv Thomson amongst wine industry peers, has been announced Legend of the Vine Victoria at the annual Wine Communicators of Australia Melbourne Wine Show Awards Lunch on October 20. Source, Winetitles.

Alternative Australian wines
"Three delicious wines made with unexpected grape varieties Down Under." Wine writer, David Williams, reviews three Australian wines by Hancock & Hancock, S C Pannell, and Jim Barry, made from alternative varieties for The Guardian.

A wine industry worth bottling
Another successful National Cool Climate Wine Show is opportunity for us to reflect on the local wine industry – what it is and what it could never be. Just because the Bathurst wine industry will never be a major player (in tourist visitor terms) on a state or regional level, we should not discount the enormous role it has to play on a local level. Source, Western Advocate.

Is a min floor price the answer for WA?
Workers on the frontline of what is being called a "tsunami of alcohol abuse" are lining up behind the idea of a minimum floor price, which would stop booze barns selling wine for as little as $2.80 a bottle. It's a trend being seen across Australia, prompting the WA Government to flag the possibility of setting a minimum floor price for alcohol. Source, The ABC.

Affordable wine means mechanisation
David Minick, the vice president for vineyards at Precept Wines, explains why he invested in three half-million-dollar mechanical harvesters. "They pay for themselves," he says. Even less than a crew of Hispanic laborers who work for $11 an hour. Source, Forbes.

Amber wine demanding high prices
Hemer expects orange wines to remain a niche variety due to small-scale production, higher retail prices — up to $200 for a premium bottle — and the nature of the wine. "It's not a wine that's going to appeal to the novice consumer or the mainstream wine drinker," Hemer said. "It really takes a little bit more of, I think, a sophisticated palate." Source, CBS News.

Restaurant wine mark ups out of hand
Restaurants are adding mark-ups as high as 367 per cent on wine, a report reveals today. One in Chelsea, West London, charged £33 for a bottle that cost just £7.06 at an off-licence. Consumer group Which? looked at 15 of the most recognised chain and fine dining restaurants and priced around 50 wines. Source, The Sun.

The wild future of vineyards
In 2012, Miguel Torres Maczassek bought 195 hectares of land 1,200 meters high in the Pyrenees, even though it's not possible to grow wine there ... yet. Torres expects climate change to make it viable to produce grapes in a decade or two. Source, Bloomberg.

Teamwork is the key to success
Teamwork - and good grapes - were key in producing this year's Best Student Wine. Kaoru Mizuguchi, Hyota Sato, Chris Borain and Yuji Masuo were all studying at Eastern Institute of Technology when they made their 4 Little Pigs Merlot 2016, which was recognised at Tuesday night's Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards. Source, Hawke's Bay Today.

Te Awa trumps wine awards
Hard work, quality and a good site were all factors in creating this year's wine awards' champion blend. The Te Awa Single Estate Gimblett Gravels Hawke's Bay Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 took out Champion Wine of Show at the Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards on Tuesday night. Source, The Country.

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