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News posted on Thursday, 26 October 2017

Growing a champion Hawke's Bay wine
A lot of work goes into making great grapes for great wines and taste is a very important part, Villa Maria Estate viticulturist Jonathan Hamlet said. "We're prepared to do a bit of extra work to ensure the quality is absolutely maximised." Source, Hawke's Bay Today.

Is wine in a can any good?
While you may already have a favourite summer sipper, there's a new drink on the market and the Trial and Error team have put it to the test. It's the latest creation from Allan Scott Family Winemakers, Gooseberry Bomb "Craft Wine" in a can. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

EU weedkiller gives winemakers a headache
Bad weather this year has already prompted a steep drop in French wine output, contributing to a 50-year low in global production. Europe-wide curbs on glyphosate, which the European Parliament wants to see banned by 2022, would be a further headache for many French vintners. Source, Yahoo.

Rapid testing for smoke tainted grapes
Researchers from UBC’s Okanagan campus have devised a new analytical test to precisely and accurately measure the amount of volatile phenols–compounds absorbed by grapes when exposed to smoke that can impact wine flavour–that are present in the fruit prior to wine production. Source, Technology Networks.

How to enjoy Cantonese soup with wine
"At a recent Cantonese banquet-style dinner where friends decided to bring older bottles of Bordeaux, a retired Chinese banker seated next to me asked, 'How do you drink wine when you are having soup?'"Source, Forbes.

Colheita is the Douro's wine of the future
The Colheita style of Port, a tawny made from a single vintage, is better suited to the lifestyle of modern drinkers and will help keep the Port category buoyant in the future, believes Christian Seely of Quinta do Noval, describing it as the Douro’s ‘wine of the future’. Source, The Drinks Business.

Small vintage good news for Australia
The world may produce the least wine this year in half a century after small grape harvests in Italy, France and Spain, a global wine organisation said, forecasting higher prices for bulk and entry-level wine. That could spell good news for Australian producers, which had a solid year. Source, The Sydney Morning Herald.

Creating new markets in Nordic countries
Over 1100 Australian wines were showcased in Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden in October, as part of Wine Australia’s largest ever Nordic Roadshow. 41 of the 104 producers who participated in the roadshow had not yet entered the Nordic market and were seeking distribution. Source, Grapegrower & Winemaker.

Young winemaker wins scholarship
Aspiring NSW winemaker Tom Colman has been named as the inaugural recipient of the Sydney Royal Wine Assessment scholarship. The $6000 scholarship will see Colman take up a fully paid position at the Australian Wine Research Institute’s Advanced Wine Assessment Course next month in Adelaide. Source, Winetitles.

Spatial mapping to help with planting grapes
(Podcast) Winemaker Dr Andrew Pirie says a spatial map of Tasmania is a great guide to show where sparkling wine varieties should be planted. The map uses different colours to indicate whether an area would be useful to grow grapes. Source, The ABC.

Jacob's Creek run indulgent ad campaign
Jacob's Creek has launched an ad campaign starring the voice of Chris Hemsworth narrating the origins of its premium Double Barrel wine range. The global 'Two Barrels, One Soul' ad was created by AnalogFolk in Australia and goes behind-the-scenes of the production of Double Barrel, which is matured in wine barrels, then in whisky barrels. Source, Ad News.

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