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News posted on Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Dan Graham, dux of AWAC
The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) announced this week that Dan Graham, Winemaker/Manager at RedHeads Studio Wines, was the dux of the 39th Advanced Wine Assessment Course. Source, Winetitles.

Wines with salinity
Everyone talks about the fruit notes in wine, but have you ever heard someone call a wine “salty?” Geography is one of the key factors; many of the vineyards are located near large bodies of water and saltwater elements from the ocean, carried over by wine currents, are deposited in the soil or even on grape skins. Source, Paste Magazine.

A new induction of somms for Oceania
The Court of Master Sommeliers Australia under the auspices of The Court of Master Sommeliers Europe has announced the results of its Introductory, Certified and Advanced Examinations held in Sydney this June, with 11 students achieving the title of Advanced Sommelier. Source, Winetitles.

Grants available Maceodon Ranges wine industry
Here’s to the health of the Macedon Ranges’ wine industry. Grants are available as the state government seeks to help winemakers develop Victoria’s wine industry. Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas announced the Wine Industry Development Strategy and the next stage of the Wine Growth Fund earlier this month. Source, Star Weekly.

Coravin's market widens
Coravin recently developed a new device designed to be used on wines bottled under screwcap, which is doing well in restaurants in Melbourne and Sydney, where screwcaps rule the roost. The screwcap-friendly Coravin, which features medical silicon, is good for 50 goes according to Coravin’s CEO, Fred Levy. Source, The Drinks Business.

England's first amphora wine
English winery Westwell has released what it says is likely the UK’s first wine to be fermented in a terracotta amphora. The Kent-based winery has made a very small batch of wine using the amphora, just 685 bottles, and using the Ortega variety, which is at the heart of its still wines. Source, The Drinks Business.

Heatwave mitigates spring frosts for UK
English wine producers say they are more optimistic about this year’s harvest following last week’s heatwave, which has helped to mitigate the damage done to vineyards from the late Spring frosts. Source, The Drinks Business.

Brian Walsh reappointed as AGWA Chair
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, today announced the reappointment of Brian Walsh as Chair of the Australian Grape and Wine Authority. Source, Winetitles.

Life under the Basin Plan in Riverina
"Massive wine operations which grew from small family businesses sparkle at night: a sprawling industrial complex sending Riverina wine to the world. But even in the good years, the politics of water, and the recent memory of the brutal Millennium drought, are never far out of mind." Source, The ABC.

Migrant vineyard workers begin to unionise
Migrant vineyard workers on a Government-sponsored labour scheme in Marlborough are signing up to a union for the first time in years, a union organiser says. The Central Amalgamated Workers Union has signed up seven Recognised Seasonal Employer workers, and expects others to follow after a series of meetings over the past two months. Source, Stuff.

A tough season doesn't mean bad wine
The annual grape harvest has recently come to a close in Central Otago. I think that most viticulturists and growers would admit this year has been a challenging and complicated one. While the growing season itself has been hugely challenging, the long, settled autumn in Central has brought the season to a highly satisfying conclusion. Source, Otago Daily Times.

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