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News posted on Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Finalists in the Australian Women of Wine Awards
The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society, together with the AWIWA Advisory Board, has announced the finalists of the 2016 Australian Women in Wine Awards. This year there are six awards, an increase from four in 2015, and the number and strength of the entries received exceeded all expectation. Jeni Port, wine writer and AWIWA Advisory Board member, said she found it heartening to see such an outstanding response from across Australia in the second year of the awards. “Our finalists announced today represent the cream of what is truly a magnificent bunch of Australians in wine.”

World wine output seen at 4-year low on French, S. America weather
Worldwide wine production is expected to fall this year to its lowest since 2012, chiefly due to adverse weather that sharply cut output in France and South America, wine body OIV estimated on Thursday. Global wine output is set to decrease by 5 percent compared with last year to 259.5 million hectolitres (mhl), one of the three smallest volumes since 2000, the Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said in preliminary estimates for this year. An expected 12 percent drop in French production, to 41.9 mhl, and steep declines in Chile (-21 percent to 10.1 mhl), Argentina (-35 pct to 8.8 mhl) and Brazil (-50 pct to 1.4 mhl) accounted for most of the projected global fall, the OIV said.

First female Legend of the Vine has been named
After being involved in Australia’s wine industry for nearly 40 years Kathleen Quealy has been named as the first female Wine Communicators of Australia Legend of the Vine. Quealy started her love of wine working on the bottling line for McWilliams in the late 70s as an after school job. Her parents though, were shocked when Quealy subsequently enrolled at winemaking school in Wagga Wagga. It was there she met life long mentor and Pinot Gris advocate Max Loader. Loader saw the courage and vision in Quealy, and took her under his wing.

Vinehealth Australia announces new board
A new board for Vinehealth Australia has been appointed following an independent selection process, with Roseanne Healy elected as chair. Ms Healy has broad experience of the wine and grapegrowing industry and has been re-appointed for a second term on the board. She is joined by new members, Anna Hooper, Prue McMichael and Andrew Clarke, former members Marc Allgrove and Nigel Blieschke who were reappointed for a second term, and Ashley Chabrel who has been reappointed for a third term.

Cracking the Chinese market, one dish at a time
A South Australian production company is making inroads into the labyrinthine Chinese market with cooking show Chef Exchange, which follows Adelaide chef Jock Zonfrillo and Shandong chef Qu Jianmin as they explore each other’s food, culture and customs.“Chef Exchange is helping to create awareness of the state’s primary producers in a key export market with Boston Bay Wines, Ferguson Australia Lobster, Hutton Vale Farm and Seppeltsfield Winery among those featured in the first series,” 57 Films Director and show producer Paul Ryan said. Four half-hour episodes of the show, made by Adelaide company 57 Films, will be screened on China Central TV News, which is broadcast to 180 countries around the world.

De Bortoli wines revealed as finalist in 2016 AFR & PWC’s private clients aspire awards
De Bortoli Wines has been named as a finalist for the ‘Asian Success’ category in the AFR & PwC’s Private Clients Aspire Awards. The AFR & PwC’s Private Clients Aspire Awards celebrate outstanding achievements made by Australia’s private and family businesses. The quality of the 2016 entrants were as high as ever, as businesses from all of Australia’s major vertical industries presented the solid business practices that successful companies portray.

First chance to taste 2016 NZ vintage
New Zealand Winegrowers will be hosting the first comprehensive UK tasting of wines from New Zealand’s 2016 vintage, alongside wines from previous vintages, at its upcoming tasting. Over 160 wines from 50 producers, sourced from seven of New Zealand’s wine regions will be available to taste at New Zealand Winegrowers' Annual New Release Tasting. In particular, the tasting will seek to highlight New Zealand’s growing diversity, with 18 varieties on pour, as well as sparkling, lower alcohol, rosé and dessert wines, alongside the country’s ever-popular expressions of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

Matawhero rose wins gold at aromatics competition
THE New Zealand Aromatics Competition has awarded Matawhero Wines with the gold medal and Champion Rose Trophy. Formerly called the International Aromatics Wine Competition, the contest is now in its 14th year and highlights the best aromatic wine varieties available in New Zealand. “We are thrilled to receive this accolade as it acknowledges all the hard work our viticulture and wine-making team has put into our wines,” said Matawhero Wines owner Kirsten Searle.

World wine output seen at 4-year low on French, S. America weather
Worldwide wine production is expected to fall this year to its lowest since 2012, chiefly due to adverse weather that sharply cut output in France and South America, wine body OIV estimated on Thursday. Global wine output is set to decrease by 5 percent compared with last year to 259.5 million hectolitres (mhl), one of the three smallest volumes since 2000, the Paris-based International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) said in preliminary estimates for this year. An expected 12 percent drop in French production, to 41.9 mhl, and steep declines in Chile (-21 percent to 10.1 mhl), Argentina (-35 pct to 8.8 mhl) and Brazil (-50 pct to 1.4 mhl) accounted for most of the projected global fall, the OIV said.

The one thing that will (scientifically) make your wine taste better
A recent study slapped some facts behind a widespread (and seemingly obvious) legend: cheese makes almost every wine taste better. The study -- conducted by the Centre for Taste and Feeding Behavior in Dijon, France and published in the Journal of Food Science (which I'm sure you've read extensively) -- took 31 so-called wine experts and asked them to rate four types of wine (two red, two white, with flavors across the spectrum) before and after pairing them with a variety of soft and hard cheeses.

South African wines removed from Denmark’s shelves
Some supermarkets in Denmark have removed South African wines off their shelves. The move follows the screening of a documentary which focused on the working conditions of farm workers in South Africa. The short film also included the destitute livelihood farm workers in South Africa are exposed to. Bitter Grapes - Slavery in the Vineyards was produced by Danish filmmaker Tom Heinemann and was broadcast in Denmark and Sweden this past week.

The Miracle of Montalcino
In 2010, something special happened to Sangiovese for Italy's famed Brunello di Montalcino; a tasting showed four paths to excellence. What makes the stately Sangiovese reds of Italy's Brunello di Montalcino special? A roomful of Wine Experience attendees attempted to divine this during a tasting of four distinctive wines from the appellation, made in different styles from disparate terroirs, but united in the blessing of what Altesino owner Elisabetta Gnudi Angelini summed up as "the miracle of Montalcino."

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