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News posted on Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Sydney Intl Wine Comp results
Australian, New Zealand and European wines played to their strengths when the results of the 38th Sydney International Competition were announced yesterday (October 27). Australian wines dominated the medium bodied white and red categories, while New Zealand continued its stellar performance amongst the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir classes. Source, Winetitles.

New president for Swan Valley Winemakers
Last week the Swan Valley & Regional Winemakers Association held their Annual General Meeting and a new President was elected – Yuri Berns, Winemaker from Sittella. He takes over from John Griffiths, Winemaker from Faber Vineyard who is rotating off from the President role but will remain on the executive committee. Source, Winetitles.

MEP becomes Metrohm
In response to changes in the ownership structure of the company and the successful expansion of its business operation MEP Instruments will change its name to Metrohm Australia and Metrohm New Zealand. Source, Winetitles.

People of Wine: William Downie
"A few years ago a friend from Melbourne who knew we had an interest in Pinot bought us over a bottle to try. The wine was very good and the label memorable. I’d heard about William Downie, but never tried any of his wines," writes Milton Wordley for People of Wine.

More international success for Pegeric
One of Australia’s smallest wine producers, located in Macedon Ranges, has had more than just a taste of success in an international wine competition. Tylden’s Pegeric Wines took out two trophies in this year’s Hong Kong International Wine and Spirit Competition. Source, Star Weekly.

NZ Winegrowers name 2018 somm scholars
New Zealand Winegrowers has announced the UK, Ireland and European recipients of its 2018 International Sommelier Scholarship, which will see eight individuals travel to the country for an educational sommit attended by just 20 sommeliers. Source, The Drinks Business.

Tourism benefits from cooperation
The people behind some of Hawke's Bay's biggest events are working together to boost tourism by creating new region-wide events. Following the adoption of Matariki (the Hawke's Bay regional economic development strategy), an event management group has been examining how to enhance visitor satisfaction and increase spend. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Top wine stories of 2017
"In the world of wine, 2017 has given us more than ample opportunity to assess our roles and priorities. [...] Of the topics covered in this column, here were the top five (including the wildfires) that resonated most with readers," writes Cathy Huyghe for Forbes.

Wine made from tofu waste
Wine connoisseurs seeking a more unusual tipple could soon get a taste of an alcoholic beverage made from tofu whey, a liquid that is generated from the production of bean curd. Mr Chua Jian Yong, a PhD student at the National University of Singapore (NUS), has found a way to convert the waste water into an alcoholic drink that is rich in isoflavones, an antioxidant found in soybeans. Source, Today.

Tijuana turns wastewater in to wine
Italian winemaker Camillo Magoni is using reclaimed water at La Morita treatment plant in the Mexican border city of Tijuana to cultivate 800 lush vines in its grounds, producing red wine he quips could retail for $200 a bottle. Source, Reuters.

Winemaking at the foot of the Kazakh mountains
Here in the Assa Valley, surrounded by the impressive Tian-Shan mountains, some of the best-known Kazakh labels are helping to revive an historic wine-making culture. The conditions here at the foot of snow-covered mountains are seen as perfect for wine making: a thousand metres above sea level, fertile soil and a fresh breeze that prevents the grapes from ripening too early. Source, Euro News.

Wine made from tofu waste
ine connoisseurs seeking a more unusual tipple could soon get a taste of an alcoholic beverage made from tofu whey, a liquid that is generated from the production of bean curd. Mr Chua Jian Yong, a PhD student at the National University of Singapore (NUS), has found a way to convert the waste water into an alcoholic drink that is rich in isoflavones, an antioxidant found in soybeans. Source, Today.

DTC wine workshops
DTC Wine Workshops and Wine Tourism Australia partner to provide online training, best practices and coaching to wineries throughout Australia selling direct to consumer.


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