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News posted on Monday, 27 November 2017

An NZ champion Chardonnay
A Marlborough Chardonnay has won the top prize at the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine Awards. Trophy winning wines from this year’s Air New Zealand Wine Awards will be the focus of two workshops for Melbourne and Sydney wine trade this week. Source, Winetitles.

Cellar door revamp unveiled
Craggy Range yesterday opened its brand new cellar door, following a major refit project. The cellar door underwent a six week refurbishment, gutting the space and starting again, focusing on enhancing the customer experience rather than the traditional tasting format. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

25 things to know about Hvar's wine capital
Hvar has a fascinating wine history dating back more than 2000 years. The arrival of the Ancient Greeks in 384 BC and Jesla, has been at the very heart of that industry. Hvar's pretty harbour has been used as a centre to transport its wines around Europe for many years. Source, Total Croatia.

Interstate shipping ban impacts Illinois retailers
Wine retailers in Illinois are suffering the consequences of a law enacted earlier this year that makes it a felony to ship wine into the state without the proper license. One wine industry expert said requiring another license for retailers is just another way for the state to make money at the expense of small business owners. Source, Citizen Tribune.

Dutch wine joins cheeses on EU speciality list
The Netherlands may be more famous for edam and gouda, but its winemakers are tasting success credited to climate change. A Dutch wine produced on the stony banks of the Maas river is set to join champagne, parma ham, and stilton cheese, among the European delicacies given protected status by the EU. Source, The guardian.

Switzerland - the next wine destination?
As a destination, Switzerland is often overshadowed by its neighbors. It’s surprising when you consider its French- and Italian-inflected food, the natural beauty of its lakes and mountains, the friendly people, and the enviable quality of life. But Switzerland’s best-hidden treasure is arguably its wine, which I’m willing to bet you’ve never tasted. Source, Vogue.

Knowing an Albarino from a Fiano
For Gwyn Olsen, the 34-year-old head winemaker at Pepper Tree Wines, based in Pokolbin, it is the variables that make her occupation exciting. Among the newest, Pepper Tree has five different blends of rose and a few new varieties on the way, including a 2017 limited release Hunter Valley vermentino. “It’s more fun to make a wine without an expectation,” said Olsen. Source, The Newcastle Herald.

Galafrey wines comes full circle
When Galafrey Wines lost its stalwart Ian Tyrer in 2003 to cancer, rumours began to circle in the Mount Barker community about its future. Many thought the vineyard could not survive without the man who was in many ways the blood, sweat and tears of the family winery. Source, WA today.

The art of grapegrowing in Wingham
The wines at Wingham vineyard Jacaranda Estate have a distinctively European flavour. “I’m not really sure why that is,” said estate owner Mark Smith. He’s not complaining. But how do you produce good wine in a “viticulturally challenging” area like Wingham? Source, The Wingham Chronicle.

Full set of Grange bought for world record
A local family man has purchased a full set of Penfolds Grange for a world record $294,320 at auction. The man outbid four other contenders at du Plessis Auctions at Mile End, relaying his bids by phone. His winning bid broke the previous world record of $260,300, set in August also in bidding at du Plessis Auctions. Source, The Advertiser.

Whole bunches add extra thrills
One of the big trends in the past few years has been the increased use of whole grape bunches in the total volume of fruit as it begins its transition to wine. They add interesting flavour and structural elements to many wines, especially those varieties that benefit from extra layers of complexity. Source, The Source SA.

'We're sorry' says Australia Post after misinformation
Australia Post has issued an apology to wine customers in South Australia as earlier this month, some customers received a letter regarding the closure of their ‘Business Parcels Agreement’.

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