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News posted on Friday, 28 July 2017

Day 1 of the IBWSS
The International Bulk Wine & Spirits Show (IBWSS) kicked off in San Francisco on July 26 with a packed exhibition hall and a keynote address from Bobby Koch, President and CEO of the Wine Institute. Here's a rundown on Day 1 of the show. Source, Winetitles.

Police raid finds thousands in suspect stolen wine
On Thursday 20 July, officers from Serious and Organised Crime Unit of the Kent Police raided two warehouses – one in Goudhurst Road, Horsmonden, the other in nearby Tibbs Court Lane, Brenchley. They found a large amount of allegedly stolen goods – thousands of bottles of wine, along with flat screen TVs, marble tiles and air conditioning units. Source, Decanter.

The logic behind wine pricing
What causes prices to be the way they are? Basic economics would dictate a limited supply of product would be the first to cause a price elevation, but expert opinions also have an elevating effect. In 2010, world wineries produced 26.38 billion liters, but the world only consumed 23.21 billion litres in the same year. What happens to the surplus? Source, The Globe.

Slavonian wine stories
Is wine the medium that will bring Slavonia, often neglected and pushed aside, out of resignation and to the position it deserves? Stories of Slavonian wines and winemakers are more common, and tourists are more readily exploring this lovely lowland area. Source, Total Croatia News.

Vic SME's leading the way for innovation
Victorian Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME's) are seeing their business bottom lines improve at a greater rate compared to their interstate counterparts, according to research published today by Commonwealth Bank, which found SMEs are leading the charge when it comes to innovative business practices. Smart Company spoke to Andrew Peace Wines about their success.

Havelock North wine gains 'legend' status
The Coleraine '98 has been dubbed a "Wine Legend" in the latest edition of Britain's top wine magazine, Decanter - the only New Zealand wine to ever receive that title and effectively placing it among the greatest wines of all time. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

A $35m winery resort for Mickleham
A $35 million resort featuring accommodation, a restaurant, winery, day spa and brewery is set to open in Mickleham next year. General manager Gerald Ackroyd said around 11 hectares of vines had already been planted, with the first batch of wines expected in two-three years. Source, Star Weekly.

Quattro wine group prepping for summer
Quattro wine group are ready to tap in to the burgeoning wave of summer Rose drinking. The company, which was started by four Sydney-based wine enthusiasts, imports crisp, lighter style Rose with an exclusive partnership between two French vineyards: Domaine les Toulons and Domaine Tropez. Source, The AU Review.

Can NZ wine repeat stellar success in 2017?
New Zealand wineries are expected to holder even greater sway in this year’s Sydney International Wine Competition, following the huge success of Kiwi producers in the 2017 judging. In last year’s competition New Zealand wineries won 94 out of the 291 medals awarded, as well as nine trophies with Marlborough leading the way. Source, Scoop.

Women in drinks launches SA chapter
Women in drinks will officially launch its South Australian chapter at Cooper Brewery next month. The launch follows the success of the Victorian and NSW chapters of WID. Women in drinks South Australia's inaugural event on August 21 will be a discussion panel on "The Changing Face of the Drinks Industry." Source, Drinks Central.

RieslingFreak takes out five trophies
John Hughes' RieslingFreak label has taken out five awards at the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show awards yesterday evening. It's an impressive feat for Riesling and Hughes, as the last time a Riesling took out best wine in show was 2003. Source, Winetitles.

WA winery wins a sparkling prize
Howard Park Wines brought home a gold medal from the 2017 Champagne and Sparkling Wine World Championships. The Western Australian winery won the accolade for its Jeté Brut Blanc NV. Howard Park was the only producer from Western Australia to be awarded a gold medal in the competition. Source, Hospitality Magazine.

Endeavour Drinks group to develop selection app
A Perth tech company has joined with Woolworths' Endeavour Drinks Group to create an app to improve online consumer experiences (e.g. select a wine pairing). ASX-listed OpenDNA will create and power the app, generating revenue through app development and ongoing usage fees. Source, Drinks Central.

Endeavour Drinks group to develop selection app
A Perth tech company has joined with Woolworths' Endeavour Drinks Group to create an app to improve online consumer experiences (e.g. select a wine pairing). ASX-listed OpenDNA will create and power the app, generating revenue through app development and ongoing usage fees. Source, Drinks Central.

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