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News posted on Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Trophies mean big business for Central Otago winery
Winning five major international trophies in four weeks was a welcome surprise for Central Otago’s Wild Earth Wines. The immediate rush of orders totalling over NZ$1.5 million (retail value) from around the world was even better news.

Petaluma announces Master Sommelier Scholarship
Fifty beverage professionals in Australia have now signed up for the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Course to be run in Sydney and Melbourne in August this year.

Posters to elevate taste
This latest tool in the Granite Belt Wine Country marketing arsenal is aimed at elevating tastebuds. Just released, the new promotional poster underpins the regional branding of Queensland’s premier wine region.

Southern Tasmanian Vineyards launches its second White Wine Weekend
Over 50 white wines from 20 southern Tasmanian vineyards will again be the feature of the Southern Tasmanian Vineyards White Wine Weekend in Hobart on 20-21 September 2008.

Hardys – the most powerful Australian wine brand
Hardys has again been announced the world’s most powerful Australian wine brand in an annual study of the world’s top wine and spirits brands.

Grape prices seen moving up
California grapegrowers, generally speaking, have been navigating in a tough climate for the last few years, with low spot market prices for grapes and lackluster demand. Through the first few months of 2008, however, California prices have been firming up a bit, especially in Lodi and the Central Valley.

Premiere Napa Valley auction earns US$22m
The Napa Valley Vintners’ (NVV) annual barrel auction, Premiere Napa Valley (PNV), brought record earnings of more than US$22m in the event held earlier this year.

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