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News posted on Sunday, 27 August 2017

France faces worst harvest since 1945
France is expecting its poorest wine grape harvest since 1945 after an unusually mild March and a frosty April, experts have said. Wine production is set to fall by 18% on 2016 after spring frosts ravage vines, but hot summer could deliver top vintages. Source, The Guardian.

Azerbaijan eyes China's wine market
Azerbaijan intends to increase wine exports to China. The issue of expanding cooperation between Azerbaijan and China in the area of wine trade was discussed at a recent meeting participated by local winemakers and the trade representative of Azerbaijan in China Teymur Nadiroglu. Source, Xinhua Net.

Off-dry German Riesling
German Riesling can be off-dry, in the traditional way, or it can be bone dry. Germans have valued their dry Rieslings for years. However, In the UK at least, it’s been a tough sell; despite merchants’ usual ability to spark interest among consumers in any new wine. Source, Decanter.

Wine in Malibu, California
With more than 50 wineries and six tasting rooms, Malibu is a nascent wine destination. After all, the Federal Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau only bestowed the Malibu Coast with American Viticultural Area status (or AVA, making it an official wine-growing region) in 2014. Source, Forbes.

Marlborough criticised for water policy stance
Marlborough grapegrowers who support charging for water have criticised the industry body that represents them for attacking Labour's irrigation policy. Wine Marlborough deputy chairman Simon Bishell called it "dangerous" and "deceitful", and said any additional cost would place exporters at a disadvantage. Source, Stuff.

Winemaking an art and science
Trinity Hill winemaker and winner of the North Island NZ Young Winemaker of the Year, Sara Addis, hopes her recent win will open a few industry doors. She chats to Mark Story at The Country.

Is Aussie Malbec the next big thing?
Malbec could become as big as shiraz in Australia according to Bleasdale Vineyards’ Paul Hotker, the newly crowned Halliday Wine Companion Winemaker of the Year. Here he explains why this intriguing grape, known for its punch-packing colour and tannin, is moving up the roster at wineries around the country and is more highly regarded than ever in his own Langhorne Creek. Source, James Halliday.

Don't discount aged whites
The first wave of new-season 2017 whites are out and, as is natural for such fresh young things, many are bursting with early-picked, early-released, palate-exciting acidity. But there’s a question that always hangs over these sharpshooters – are they released prematurely? Source, The Source SA.

Sittella toasts success
Small producer Sittella was the star of this year’s Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wine Show with a haul of eight trophies including awards for the best wine of the show and best producer. Chairman of judges Mark Warren said it was a strong show with lots of delicious wines reflecting the strength of the Swan Valley. The West Australian.

Profits down at Heytesbury Holdings
Profit at pastoral and winery business Heyetsbury Holdings fell more than 57 per cent in the year to December 2016, to $11.7 million, on the back of lower revenue. Source, Business News WA.

Profits down at Heytesbury Holdings
Profit at pastoral and winery business Heyetsbury Holdings fell more than 57 per cent in the year to December 2016, to $11.7 million, on the back of lower revenue. Source, Business News WA.

Sittella toasts success
Small producer Sittella was the star of this year’s Singapore Airlines Swan Valley Wine Show with a haul of eight trophies including awards for the best wine of the show and best producer. Chairman of judges Mark Warren said it was a strong show with lots of delicious wines reflecting the strength of the Swan Valley. The West Australian.

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