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News posted on Friday, 27 October 2017

The wines that defined 2017
Wine styles define an era as precisely as fashion, food and music. In the 1980s we were drinking golden, oaky chardonnay and lean and leafy cabernet. From pale rosé to red vermouth, Max Allen rounds up the wine styles that define the moment. Source, Gourmet Traveller.

Wine Australia granted $50m authority
Legislation enacted yesterday will help deliver an ambitious $50 million, three-year plan. The legislation formally changes the name of the authority from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority to Wine Australia. Source, Winetitles.

Export opportunities for Australia
Drought, frost, heatwaves and hail have combined to decimate wine-grape production in Europe, boosting export opportunities for Australian wine producers. Wine Australia chief executive Andreas Clark said a tightening in global wine supplies would have “a positive impact on our exporters.” Source, The Weekly Times.

Australian Sparkling Wine Show results
The winners of the 2017 Australian Sparkling Wine Show have been announced yesterday, October 26. This year, in the Show’s 6th year, a total of 77 medals and five trophies were awarded across six classes, with trophy winners representing a great spread of the country’s unique sparkling wine regions from Tasmania, to South Australia, Victoria’s Pyrenees and Orange in New South Wales. Source, Winetitles.

Eloquesta’s A Boy With Fruit
"This wine with fruit hailing from Mullamuddy and Rylestone in NSW is “a textural, slinky little number” and a good representation of the innovation coming from Stuart Olsen’s Eloquesta label," writes Dave Brookes for The Adelaide Review.

Church named cellar door of the year
Passion and warmth are the key components needed for an award-winning cellar door, according to Church Road Winery visitor centre team leader Mitch Hyndman. The Taradale winery was named Cellar Door of the Year at the Hawke's Bay A&P Bayleys Wine Awards. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Foley Family wines want Mt Difficulty
In a market update on October 24, Foley chief executive Mark Turnbull said discussions were under way for Mt Difficulty's potential purchase, including vineyards, brands Mt Difficulty and Roaring Meg and its winemaking, cellar door and restaurant facilities. Source, Otago Daily times.

Faulty corks ruin 3000 cases of wine
A bad batch of corks has wreaked havoc at Cayuse Vineyards in Washington, USA writing off nearly 3,000 cases of 2015 wine and at a potential loss of $3 million. Among the wines to be affected were some of winemaker Christophe Baron’s top drops. Source, The Drinks Business.

Top female industry leaders gather
Now in its second year, BNY Mellon Wealth Management’s “Game Changers” series explores women’s entrepreneurial and leadership successes through conversations with exceptional women who have forged unique paths and have insights to share. Source, Business Wire.

Italy plies visitors with wine to boost tourism
Eating lunch in Italy's Bolgheri wine country, it is not hard to understand why the number of international visitors to this bucolic corner of Tuscany has doubled in five years. "People have always come in the summer for the beaches," says Riccardo Binda, general manager of the local consortium of winemakers. Source, The Local.

New wave wines for a new generation
One of the challenges that faces wine producers is the need to adjust to the tastes of younger drinkers without losing their traditional customer base. Wine makers are having to prove their mettle in catering to the tastebuds of new customers as well as traditional ones. Source, The Guardian.

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