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News posted on Tuesday, 26 July 2005

Australia’s premier wine industry publishers lead wine media into cyber future
Australia’s leading wine industry publishers, Winetitles and Ryan Publications, begin an exciting new phase in wine business communication this week when the companies launched two new electronic publishing interests at WineTech 2005 in Adelaide last week.

Right brand takes Hardy to the world
ADELAIDE'S Rebecca Hopkins is charged with selling Australia's largest wine producer to the world. At just 31 years old, the newly appointed global public relations manager for the Hardy Wine Company is preparing to spend much of her time lobbying overseas movers and shakers.

No labels, but the full bottle on quality
An increase in Australia's wine surplus, including cleanskin wines, has resulted in the establishment of a new wine outlet on the Border. The Naked Bottle is a venture between John and Sandra Woodhouse and Rob and Trish Thompson.

Bay shareholder sells to Yealands
Oyster Bay Marlborough Vineyards' third-largest shareholder has sold to bidder Peter Yealands. Christchurch businessman David Rankin confirmed yesterday acceptance of the $4 offer, adding that the projected returns for Oyster Bay shareholders "did not look good".

Japan raises the wine glass
IN 2004, Australian wine consumption in Japan grew by more than 30 per cent, taking us from our grudgingly held seventh place in the import rankings past Germany to sixth spot.

For vintners, grapes' geography is worth protecting
Several famous wine regions in Europe and the United States are banding together to support the protection of geographic names on wine labels. Representatives from Europe include areas producing champagne, port and sherry, while the U.S. contingent includes Napa, Sonoma, Oregon and Washington.

Crossing the divide
In his seminal 2002 publication Oberon Kant's Big Book of Wine, the venerable English-born wine commentator said that "if New World wine producers showed any hint of innovation or intelligence they would buy some land in Burgundy and make their wine there". At the time many Australian winemakers thought this sort of comment ridiculous in the extreme. Australian wine was a world-beater; it was loved by everyone, and it was full of heightened aromas and generous, happy flavours.

Viticulture's promising pioneers by Jancis Robinson
The world produces far more wine than it consumes, but that doesn't stop people developing completely new wine regions. Wine is now a universal interest and our universe has clearly not yet been fully explored by the viticulturally curious. Here are some of the most interesting new wine regions, of which I feel sure you will be hearing more.

QLD: Wine boss urged to drink more
MARGARET Keech reckons she's the only politician in history to be criticised for not drinking enough. The State Wine Industry Development Minister has come under fire for the second year in a row from Liberal Jann Stuckey, who attacked Mrs Keech's knowledge of the wine industry and whether she even likes the grape stuff.

Australian rieslings poised to be next export success
From the land that brought us tooth- staining shiraz, Yellow Tail, critter wines and oceans of buttery budget chardonnay, you might not expect to find rather restrained, thoughtful, bone-dry and food-friendly riesling. Surprise! In Australia today, dry riesling is extraordinarily popular and designed specifically to accompany a wide variety of summer foods, and it's coming our way. Riesling, much as it did here in Washington, helped to launch the modern-day wine-drinking boom in Australia, back in the 1960s.

US: Area vineyards reap benefits of education and advertising
A new Gallup poll showing Americans prefer wine presents a ripe opportunity to attract a new generation of aficionados, local industry officials say.

US: Family Winemakers of California Lauds Passage of Pierce's Disease Referendum
Today's announcement that winegrape growers across California had passed a referendum to continue assessing themselves for critical research on Pierce's Disease indicates how serious the threat still remains. "Anytime a measure passes with almost 90% of folks marking their ballots with a yes vote, you know voters are deeply concerned," said Jim Richards of Paloma Vineyards and Chair of Family Winemakers of California. "I voted yes. I asked my friends in the business to do so as well. Paying an assessment on my grapes for another five years is a small price to pay to find an answer on how to deal with Pierce's Disease and the Glassy-winged sharpshooter."

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