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News posted on Friday, 29 April 2016

Jukes to launch new Top 100
Matthew Jukes is launching his new 100 Best Australian Wines list next Tuesday 3rd May at Australia House, London. This much anticipated event is a must-attend for all those visiting from across the globe and Matthew is expecting over 300 people. “As always, this publication is the result of exhaustive tastings held in the UK and Australia over the last twelve months,” Jukes said. “It represents the finest one hundred Australian wines available on the shelves in the UK for the coming year.

‘Virtual winemakers’ to lose rorts as rebate tightened in budget
A $1 billion subsidy for the wine industry will be slashed in Tuesday’s budget, in a move aimed at end-ing rorting by “virtual winemakers” and boosting returns for farmers. The changes are expected to benefit genuine winemakers, including small producers, but will curb the prevalence of wine that is often cheaper to buy than bottled water, known as “two-buck chuck” and sold aggressively by major liquor retailers.

Woolworths plans changes to Dan Murphy's and its shares are rallying
Woolworths shares jumped after the struggling supermarket group restructured its growing Wool-worths Liquor Group under a new name. A short time ago, Woolworths shares were up 3.8% to $22.07. The retailer is putting its drinks business, including Dan Murphy’s and BWS, under the name Endeavour Drinks Group.

Nick Blair and Mike Every Set-Up Independent Wine Business
Vision Wine Partners is the new, specialist wine sales and consultancy business, being run by familiar faces, Nick Blair and Michael Every. Most will remember Blair from when he worked at Pernod Ricard and Every from Peter Lehmann Wines. Both have a long history in wine sales and marketing, and have now decided to combine their experience to set up a new, joint-venture that will help Australian wine brands get out from the winery and into market.

Gold Coast wine lists have advanced in leaps and bounds
GONE are the days of BYO casks and cans of beer, instead wine lists across the Coast have improved with age. One of the world’s leading wine presenters and writers Tyson Stelzer, a former head of science at Ashmore’s Trinity Lutheran College, is toasting the Coast’s maturing tastes. Tyson says our restaurants are showcasing award-winning wine lists in line with our increasingly sophisticated palettes.

WINETOPIA final line up announced
The final line-up is complete for Winetopia, held May 20-21 at Shed 10 in Auckland, as event organisers promise to deliver the ‘greatest celebration of New Zealand wine”. Presented by Singapore Airlines, WINETOPIA will give visitors the opportunity to taste their way around every region in New Zealand in a single session.

Wine Sector Survey to reveal vintage 2016
Wine Australia has commenced the Wine Sector Survey 2016 that will gather key pricing and crush data to form an accurate picture of this year’s vintage across Australia. The Wine Sector Survey was delivered to wine businesses nationally and – like the Wine Sector Survey 2015 – combines four previously separate surveys to streamline data collection, which will help save time and reduce paperwork for grape and wine businesses.

Serious frosts hit Burgundy
A cold snap has seen severe frosts hit the entire length of Burgundy’s vineyards as well as other French regions – although the full extent of the damage is so far unknown. Temperatures plunged to below zero recently leading growers in Burgundy and elsewhere in Europe to awake to an almost wintry landscape – if they hadn’t been up all night seeing to their candles and other anti-frost measures.

Trade talk: Why attend the London Wine Fair
With the 36th London Wine Fair just days away, we ask key members of the trade what they expect to get out of this year’s fair, and why they choose to return each year. Featuring 700 exhibitors and 10,000 wines, along with a comprehensive range of debates, seminars and masterclasses, LWF 2016 is set to be the biggest and most diverse yet. Across the fair, more than 400 grape varieties will be repre-sented this year, a record according to organisers, including the more obscure Öküzgözü, Vidiano and Weißer Herold varieties.

Continental Wines hosts May portfolio tasting
Over 230 wines representing more than 12 countries will be in the spotlight at Continental Wines’ up-coming annual portfolio tasting in Hong Kong. Taking place on Thursday, 19 May at Club Lusitano in Ice House Street from 2-6pm, Continental Wines fourth portfolio tasting will host over 20 representatives from its portfolio, including New Zealand winemakers, Ben Cowley from Auntsfield; Paddy Borthwick from Paddy Borthwick and David McKee from Black Barn.

Q&A: François Audouze, Wine Collector
One of France's great wine lovers talks to W. Blake Gray about trust in a post-Rudy world. François Audouze is one of the best-know wine collectors and advocates of older wine in France. He likes to share, and he holds wine dinners, mostly in Paris but occasionally in other cities worldwide, where he serves great bottles from his collection.

Albarino is NZs white to watch, says Bob Campbell
Albariño could be the next white grape to emerge as a success in New Zealand, according to New Zealand wine ambassador Bob Campbell MW. Speaking at a New Zealand wine masterclass in London organised by The New Zealand Cellar, Campbell said there were several white varieties competing to become the next breakout white grape in the country – Grüner Veltliner and Arneis among them – but that “his money” was on Albariño following the release of a number of standout varietal wines made from the grape.

Albarino is NZs white to watch, says Bob Campbell
Albariño could be the next white grape to emerge as a success in New Zealand, according to New Zealand wine ambassador Bob Campbell MW. Speaking at a New Zealand wine masterclass in London organised by The New Zealand Cellar, Campbell said there were several white varieties competing to become the next breakout white grape in the country – Grüner Veltliner and Arneis among them – but that “his money” was on Albariño following the release of a number of standout varietal wines made from the grape.

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