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News posted on Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Mark Pygott praises Aussie wine
On the eve of the annual KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show awards, this year’s invited international judge, Master of Wine, Mark Pygott says he likes what he sees in the evolution of Australian wine - and only not from the usual suspects. Source, Winetitles.

Cracka wines to crowdfund its way to Asia
Online retailer Cracka Wines is one local entity with plans for the international wine market. The Sydney-based enterprise has announced plans to raise $5 million from its 250,000 customers to expand its direct-to-consumer marketplace into Asia. Source, The Sydney Morning Herald.

Gourmet Escape on the line in WA
Tickets for this year’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape go on sale today, with the future of the globally renowned event up in the air amid accusations the State Government is “dragging the chain” on securing funding for the event beyond this year. Source, The West.

Bottler of a life for Bertie
Bertie the black lab is five years old and regularly features on the Dookie College wine labels as an unofficial mascot. He has also been trained as a scent dog and is part of a trial using dogs to detect bretannomyces in the winery. Source, The Riverine Herald.

Chris Flaherty new GM of Accolade
Congratulations to Chris Flaherty on becoming General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific for Accolade Wines. Accolade is Australia's second-largest wine company and owns brands including Hardys, Leasingham, Grant Burge and Banrock Station. Flaherty will take over from current General Manager Rick Wilson. He will commence in the role on August 28. Source, The Drinks Association.

Invivo settle Norton controversy
Invivo Wine co-founder Tim Lightbourne says controversy in the British media about whether shareholder Graham Norton breached BBC guidelines is nothing to do with the company.Although Norton has been open about his investment in the Kiwi winery, the Mail on Sunday reported this week that he may have breached strict BBC advertising rules. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Boris Johnson calms NZ Brexit fears
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson moved to reassure New Zealand exporters today that they would not be disadvantaged as a result of Britain's decision to exit the European Union, and that they would be near the front of the queue for a free trade deal when the split finally occurs. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Pope Francis shuts off fountains amid drought
The Vatican has started shutting off its famous fountains amid a prolonged drought in many parts of Italy. In southern Italy, hundreds of people were evacuated earlier this month, as firefighters battled wildfires. Dairy farmers and those growing olives, tomatoes and wine grapes are among the most affected, farmers' association Coldiretti warns. Source, The BBC.

Scandinavia's most successful wine guy
“I produce 30 million bottles of wine”, Says Takis Soldatos, founder, owner and CEO of Oenoforos, a wine importer and wine producer. For Takis, the first step was to create his own wine import company. The turning point came when he started to sell wines under his own brands. Source, Forbes.

1600 year old wine press found
In the early Byzantine period, Negev wines were perceived as boutique wines and highly esteemed. Now, a glimpse into their making is possible as archaeologists have uncovered a 1600 year old stone wine press in Ramat Negev, Israel. Source, Jerusalem Post.

Debate on Westbank labelled wine ruling
Last week, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) reversed a decision - made less than 24 hours earlier - that wines made in two West Bank settlements and sold in Canada could no longer be labeled "Product of Israel" because the grapes were grown, fermented and processed outside of the country's internationally recognised borders. Source, Aljazeera.

New Wine Business Workshops coming to Vic & SA
Wine Business Solutions will soon be running Wine Business Workshops in South Australia and Victoria.

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