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News posted on Thursday, 27 April 2017

Museum Riesling from Orange rates 4.5 stars
Congratulations to Tamburlaine vineyard who was awarded 4.5 stars for their museum release Riesling at the Winewise Championship. An impressive feat for the Orange region, which isn't known for its Riesling. Source, Winetitles.

Business guru and somm start wine app
Tom Walenkamp and Banjo Harris Plane, have recieved $500,000 toward developing a Spotify-like app which users subscribe to and are offered wines dependent on their tastes. The pair claim that the platform will be different to others and will be approachable for those unfamiliar with the complex wine world. Source, Smart Company.

Tahbilk named best value
After receiving praise from James Halliday as winery of the year in 2016, Tahbilk have seen another success at the Vintage Cellars best-of awards as one of their signature wines was named best value. The wine is made from some of the rarest grapes in the world. Source, Riverine Herald.

Media embraces Hunter Valley
The Hunter Valley are eager to see the result of their media exposure during the previous two months. After an especially busy April hosting unique famil experiences for industry folk, the region is hoping that this will strengthen their brand long term. Source, Cessnock Advertiser.

Tasmania launches new wine list award
The Tasmanian Wine List of the Year Award has been launched as part of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association’s 2017 Awards for Excellence. The award has been launched in an effort to encourage venues to feature local wines more prominently. Source, The Examiner.

New wine preservation system launches
Sello has just launched an innovative new wine preservation system to its US customers. The system is based on a simple and modern design that utilizes active packaging technology to preserve open bottles of wine. Source, Yahoo Finance.

Anti grape import bill controversial
A proposed bill aims to stop the practice of using Californian grapes to make Texan wine, a move producers fear will increase costs. The bill will dictate that if wine is to be made in Texas, from Californian grapes, it will no longer fall under the label of Texan wine. Source, The Drinks Business.

Is Bordeaux finally listening?
Bordeaux has launched its futures campaign for the 2016 vintage, and the wines are drawing comparisons to classic vintages like 2000 and 2005. But will American consumers play a sizable role in the campaign as they did for those past years? Source, Wine Spectator.

Trial by jury for illegal marc dumping
A leading Marlborough wine producer has denied allegations he illegally dumped a winemaking byproduct. Peter Yealands stood in the dock at the Blenheim District Court on Wednesday, as his lawyer told Judge Tony Zohrab he wanted a trial by jury. Source, Stuff.

Big vs small in Colliers Rural Grape Debate
This November, NZ wineries will have the chance to challenge each others practices in a formal event. There will be two teams of three, one made up of boutique producers and the other large scale makers. The topic: "is bigger better?". Source, Stuff.

The future and fads in wine
The worlds of fashion and wine have a lot in common. Ownerships are intertwined, similar descriptors are used and both undergo constant change. Joe Czerwinski explores if Chardonnay is "cool" again? Was Jura just a fad? And is natural wine the future? Source, Winemag.

The future and fads in wine
The worlds of fashion and wine have a lot in common. Ownerships are intertwined, similar descriptors are used and both undergo constant change. Joe Czerwinski explores if Chardonnay is "cool" again? Was Jura just a fad? And is natural wine the future? Source, Winemag.

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