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News posted on Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Biosecurity tips
Tip#6: Do you ensure all machinery and equipment (including small hand tools and technical equipment) coming onto your vineyard complies with state quarantine regulations for cleaning and sterilisation and is accompanied by required documentation? #Vinehealth www.vinehealth.com.au

The full story of Mary Penfold
Until recently Mary Penfold, whose name adorns Australia’s most prestigious wine, had almost been lost in history. The English winemaker started working in the wine trade when she moved to South Australia with her husband, Christopher, in 1844. But according to wine historian Fleu Lankesheer, the rest of Mary’s story isn’t well know. Source, Weekly Times Now.

NZ sommelier scholarship recipients announced
Eight successful Australian sommeliers chosen to participate in the 2018 New Zealand Wine Sommeliers Scholarship have been announced. First launched in 2015, the scholarship is now a global initiative with sommeliers from Asia, Canada, NZ, UK, Europe and USA also set to take part.Source, Winetitles

Te Pa takes top two in Sauv Blanc tasting panel
Two wines from te Pa Family Vineyards' flagship range have won the top rankings in popular food and drinks publication Dish magazine’s 2017 Sauvignon Blanc tasting panel. te Pa’s 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Oke won the number one spot, and te Pa’s 2017 Sauvignon Blanc followed at number two.Source, Scoop

Labelling your wines correctly for China
Languages are invented by people, not computers. A language is not a binary code, it reflects the creativity of the human mind. Language and Cultural Adviser, Jing Cao, explains the best ways to overcome the culture divide and successfully market wine brands to Chinese consumers. Source, Grapegrower & Winemaker.

Aussie wine week makes its mark in USA
The inaugural ‘Aussie Wine Week’ headed to the US this month, with sixteen winemakers travelling to New York and San Francisco to showcase their wines at a series of trade, media and consumer events. The week–long event kicked off a suite of early activities in the US and China delivered under the Export and Regional Wine Support Package. Source, Food Mag.

Riedel distributor switches to Plumm
Red+White, a division of national wholesale distributing company Casama, has recently settled a contract dispute with glassware company RSN Australia (Riedel) and is now looking to put that behind them and move forward with its Plumm glassware brand. Source, The Shout.

Why Hugh Hamilton refuses Woolies & Coles
The chief executive of Hugh Hamilton Wines, Mary Hamilton, has revealed to The Australian why she refuses to sell her wine to the major supermarkets. Hamilton has put a structure in place that sees the winery almost exclusively sell direct to consumers via its Black Sheep Club. Source, Drinks Central.

North Carolina wine business booming
A recent study says North Carolina’s wine and grape industry continues to grow, posting a 15 percent increase since the last study was conducted two years ago. The total economic impact of the industry now is $1.97 billion. Source, WLOS.

Cotarella family buys Le Macioche
The Cotarella family, owners of the Falesco winery in Umbria, will soon be making Brunello di Montalcino. The family has purchased Le Macioche in Montalcino for $4.78 million, Wine Spectator has learned.

It's not all Chateauneuf de Pape
When it comes to higher-priced red wines from France's Rhone region, much of the attention often gravitates towards Chateauneuf de Pape. Many, great Chateauneuf de Papes cost $30 (if you're lucky) to $100 a bottle. But you don't have a spend a fortune to find other, interesting Rhone wines. Source, Mass Live.

New Jersey wine scores over 90pt
New Jersey recently set a major benchmark. For the first time ever, the state famous for growing tomatoes landed a 90-point score from Wine Advocate for a wine produced from the state's grapes. The high scoring wine was a William Heritage Vineyards' 2014 Vintage Brut. Source, Food and Wine.





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