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News posted on Thursday, 28 September 2017

Corks really are better than screw tops
Wine traditionalists have long looked down on screw-top bottles, and now an Oxford University study appears to have proved them right - wine really does taste better if it is sealed with a cork. However, the reason for the improvement is perhaps surprising. Source, The Telegraph

Top drops feature in Geographe wine show
Talisman Wines’ 2014 Zinfandel beat a record 187 entries to be labelled the Liquor Barons Geographe wine of show at the Bunbury Entertainment Centre. The Geographe and Alternative Varieties Wine Show gala was attended by 180 guests who were given the opportunity to sample the potential winners. Source, The West Australian

Len Evans Tutorial 2017 scholars announced
The 12 successful applicants for the 17th Len Evans Tutorial, to be held in the Hunter Valley, November 6-10, have been announced. Each year, the event welcomes professionals in wine, vineyard, hospitality and sales from across Australia to develop their wine appreciation with the nation’s top wine experts. Source, Hospitality Magazine

Gold medal winners are peppers not to be sneezed at
Orange wineries have grabbed five gold medals at the NSW Wine Awards. Montoro Wines picked up two gold medals for its Pepper Shiraz. The 2015 won gold in the young Shiraz section while the 2013 won in the mature red section. Another Montoro Shiraz, the 2016 Artisan, won a silver medal in the young Shiraz section. Source, Central Western Daily

The 'golden age' for cellar door tourism
Australia's cellar door tourism is entering a golden age. The only cloud on the horizon is growing consumer resistance to high delivery charges on wines bought remotely. Source, Winetitles

Riesling in the duck nest
In his younger days Heathcote winemaker David Anderson, who revels in the nickname ‘The Duck’, played the drums in a rhythm and blues band called The Mallards. Now, with Wild Duck Creek Estate producing its first Riesling in the 2017 vintage, his quirky sense of humour led David to call it The Mallard. Source, Newcastle Herald

How much is America's wine industry worth?
To the average wine lover, their favorite drink is an important part of their quality of life. But does opening a bottle of Cabernet at dinner contribute to the health of the US economy? You bet. A new study released by WineAmerica, the National Association of American Wineries, measured the economic impact of the wine industry and found that it will generate close to US$219.9 billion in 2017. Source, Wine Spectator

Burgundy 'relieved' as harvest returns to normal
Burgundy’s harvest is set to return to normal yields this year, the Bourgogne Wine Board (BIVB) has confirmed, after seeing falling yields for a number of years. Although final figures are not yet in, the BIVB said the global volume for Bourgogne was likely to be “back to normal” this year, reaching the average 1.5 million hectoliter. Source, The Drinks Business

Manawatu's only winery is closing its cellar door
They planted rows of grapes with a dream of starting a winery – and they pulled it off. Nearly 20 years later they're moving on, closing the cellar door of the established Manawatu winery, the only one in the province. Pohangina Valley Estate's three owners faced several challenges to grow their brand in an area not known for its blooming viticulture. Source, Stuff

Hands-on winemaking in Middle-Earth
Neil Hodgson, from the Nelson Mail, says he's followed the winemaking career of Trudy Shield for many years because he think's she has an 'exceptional talent'. "She speaks in a very measured manner and credits everyone else for the success of the wines she produces but also has a quiet, understated self-confidence in her ability." Source, Stuff

Wine industry bubbling up fast in Arizona
New wineries are bursting onto the map with vineyards and tasting rooms popping up statewide, concentrated in the southeast growing region. Arizona wine is making a name for itself and pouring onto the national scene from grape to bottle. In 2003 there were five wineries in the state, in 2011 there were 42 and now there are 102 active small wineries and vineyards across Arizona. Source, Arizona Sonora News

Rapid growth forecast for Indian wine market
According to a recent report, the Indian wine sector is expected to grow at a value compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.9% between 2016 and 2021. While it was valued at US$908.6 million in 2016, the impact of western culture is projected to boost the wine sector in India in the future. Source, foodprocessing.com.au

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