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News posted on Friday, 26 August 2016

Copycatter strikes top Australian wine website
One of Australia’s leading independent wine review websites, Winefront, has had its identity and its extensive library of wine reviews stolen and used to generate income for another party. The breach was discovered by co-owner, Gary Walsh, on August 24. His site operates as winefront.com.au. The offending site – thewinefront.com.au - was registered with a major Australian affiliate marketing company at the end of July.

Endeavour Drinks Group offers upside in disappointing Woolworths result
Woolworths Limited published its annual results on Thursday and although it was a disappointing result for the overall group, for the first time Endeavour Drinks Group was reported separately and it offered a promising result. Woolworths reported a full-year loss of $1.235bn, driven by $2.628bn of write-downs mostly linked to the underperforming Big W stores and its exit from the hardware sector.

Pepper Tree Wines Pooch Picnic on Sunday
It will be a dog's day out at Pepper Tree Wines this Sunday for the annual Pooch Picnic. The picnic is a get-together for both human and dog alike, with the cost being a gold coin entry fee. All proceeds from the gate will go to Dog Rescue Newcastle – a charity group dedicated to rescuing, fostering and re-homing abandoned, neglected or abused companion animals.

The Veronicas, Killing Heidi To Play Winery’s Handpicked Festival
The Veronicas and a newly reformed Killing Heidi will play alongside local singer/songwriter Thom Lion for this year’s Handpicked Festival at Lake Breeze Winery in Langhorne Creek. Australia’s twin electro-poppers The Veronicas and classic 90s rockers Killing Heidi have been announced as Handpicked Festival’s headline acts on Saturday, November 12.

Dimbulla estate in the winner’s circle
The Clear Image Hunter Valley Wine Show, one of Australia’s leading regional wine shows, was held on August 19 and showcased a variety of high calibre winemakers and their products. Among these high quality winemakers was Dimbulla Estate, a young vineyard committed to pursuing the early European settlers experience and tradition of wine making.

Bad weather takes toll on French wine production
French wine production is likely to be 10% lower this year than in 2015 because of frosty weather in spring and a heatwave now, officials say. A production of 42.9m hectolitres (hl) (944m gallons) is forecast for 2016, down from last year's 47.8m hl. The harvest is expected to be down by about a third in the Champagne region.

Meet the Winemakers Behind California's (Finally!) Cool Wines
California isn’t just a place, it’s a perspective. It’s 75 and sunny, avocado on everything, and the Beach Boys playing with the windows rolled down on a drive up the PCH. But if there’s one thing that hasn’t quite gelled with this picture, it’s California wine. Stodgy and expected, the steakhouse bottles of the ’90s were a far cry from the state’s signature free spirit; there is nothing “chill” about a trophy wine like Opus One. But a different style is finally taking hold, and it’s redefining what California wine is all about. Forget buttery Chardonnays and ginormous Cabs.

Summer heatwave and Rio Olympics boost UK wine sales
Hot weather and team GB Olympic success has boosted sparkling wine and rosé sales in recent weeks, show initial figures. And retailers expect more to come for Bank holiday weekend. Team GB’s record performance at the Rio 2016 Olympics coincided with an up-turn in British summer weather in August. And wine sales have risen as a result, according to Nielsen and early figures from several retailers.

WSU scientists studying effects of smoke on vineyards
Smoked salmon and smoked brisket are delicious, but somehow smoked wine sounds far less appetizing. But inadvertently, wine can develop an unpleasant smoky smell or ashy aftertaste when vineyards are flooded with smoke from nearby wildfires. This summer, Washington State University scientists launched a new study to purposefully smoke grape vines to assess how much exposure is needed to cause “smoke taint” and how the wine-making process can be adjusted to minimize the effects of those flavours.

Wrecking Crew of Wine
What do “Good Vibrations,” “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “You Send Me,” “Be My Baby,” “Unchained Melody” and “Mrs. Robinson” have in common? An elite group of studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew played on all of them, though most of their names are unknown by the general public. Technically perfect, “stone cold” professionals, American musical history would sound much different without them. A similar dynamic exists in the wine world.

Winner of 2016 Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year announced
Congratulations to Cameron Price from Villa Maria, Hawke’s Bay who has been named as the Bayer Young Viticulturist of the Year 2016. After a tough final Price said he was thrilled to receive this prestigious reward on Thursday night at the Bragato Wine Awards. "All that hard work paid off” he said.

Wine industry recognises shining examples at 2016 Romeo Bragato Wine Awards
An Auckland Chardonnay and a Hawke’s Bay Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot both shone at this year’s Romeo Bragato Wine Awards. Grown by Brett Donaldson, the Villa Maria Single Vineyard Ihumatao Chardonnay 2014 won the coveted Bragato Champion Wine of the Show Trophy – Champion Single Vineyard and the Bill Irwin Trophy for Champion Chardonnay. Ben Glover, Chairman of Judges, said the Chardonnay demonstrated exceptional respect to the variety.

3M Innovation will be on show in the Hunter Valley on Thursday, 8th of September
You are invited to see innovative products, have a discussion with technical people and experts, see live demonstrations and stay for lunch! They will have representatives from various divisions; Purification, Food Safety, Tapes & Adhesives, Personal Safety, Commercial Solutions & Laffort.





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