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News posted on Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Taste of offbeat varieties
Across the past 30 years Peter Douglas has emerged as one of the grand masters of Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, but his formidable skills are now also being applied to Montepulciano. It is part of the DiGiorgio family company’s commitment to alternate varieties.

Unlocking Grenache in its heartland
A few months ago I embarked on a bigger task than the usual column: frustrated at the ever-increasing number of Australian winemakers and indeed entire wine regions laying claim to the reinvention of Grenache, I thought I’d attempt to nail the yarn once and for all, starting in McLaren Vale, the region in which I choose to live, and perhaps the region that makes the most of its unique forms of Grenache.

Peter Gago named SA’s global wine ambassador
Peter Gago has been appointed the state’s Great Wine Capitals Global Ambassador. “Elevating the state’s wine profile on an international stage increases the exposure for our premium wine labels and raises the bar for us as a wine capital,” Mr Gago said.

Understanding China’s tiered city system
It is simply not feasible to approach China as one market. China’s extraordinary economic development over the last 30 years has not been spread equally across the country and this has led to more than 600 cities each at different stages of development. Understanding the ‘tier’ system of ranking mainland China’s cities can help wine exporters succeed in this diverse and complex market.

All Saints Winery penalised over safety breaches
A gardener's four-and-a-half metre fall from a roof when a timber beam gave way has seen All Saints Winery fined $20,000. The Wahgunyah business was penalised in Wodonga Court after pleading guilty to two charges laid by WorkSafe Victoria over the incident on November 16, 2015.

Throwing out the Roseworthy Rules
It wasn't long ago that a winemaker deemed to be "experimental" was one who planted a new grape variety. Much of the exploration involves departing from the orthodoxy that governed winemaking in this country for around 30 years. That regime could best be described as the Roseworthy Rules, after the venerable South Australian institution where many of our winemakers learned their craft during the 1980s and 1990s.

Marlborough: International Sauvignon Blanc day
International Sauvignon Blanc Day celebrations will begin in the heart of New Zealand’s wine country with ’16 Days of Sauvignon’, a full 16 days of mini events and activities to celebrate the drop that Marlborough is known for in the lead up to the final celebrations on the 5th of May.

Troubled legacy keeps shackles on wine
South African wines are increasingly being singled out as among the most exciting globally, but the industry has been struggling to leverage the new-found fame to raise the status and average price points of local wines in export markets.

How can producers get higher prices?
Bernd Wechsler, an academic working for the Rheinhessen wine region, said one of the industry’s biggest failings was its propensity to work on a cost-plus basis. The ex-cellar price for most wines is far too often calculated by adding the expenditure on growing or buying grapes, processing, and dry goods - for those not selling in bulk - plus a basic margin.

Acceptance, but no love, for plonk
Last week, Bianca Bosker published an op-ed piece in the New York Times entitled, "Ignore the Snobs, Drink the Cheap, Delicious Wine". Bosker's thesis can be summed up as: what's so bad about highly engineered wines that have been precisely crafted to match basic consumers tastes - at least they're drinking wine, right? As you might imagine, especially if you consider yourself a wine lover, a wine geek, or a connoisseur, the reaction to this article was somewhat electric in the online wine world.

Big business, new orders at ProWein 2017
Nearly 60% of all trade visitors to ProWein 2017 concluded their business deals during the trade fair or plan to place orders after the show according to a show survey. “For three days very concentrated and effective business was done here,” said Hans Werner Reinhard, Messe Düsseldorf managing director.





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