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News posted on Friday, 30 January 2015

Pinot Noir event returns to Wellington
New Zealand Winegrowers have announced ‘Pinot Noir New Zealand’ will return over three days in 2017. Described as “the best Pinot Noir event on the planet”, the event will be held at the Wellington waterfront, commencing on January 31 2017. Attracting media, trade and enthusiasts of Pinot Noir from all corners of the globe, Ben Glover, Chairman of Pinot Noir NZ 2017 said that the event brings in some of the greatest international minds on the subject of Pinot Noir.

UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to visit NZ
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will visit New Zealand next week to hold trade talks and discuss New Zealand's upcoming role on the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the visit, saying New Zealand and Britain had an "excellent relationship". Talks would centre on the two countries' political, defence and trade ties, he said. "The UK is New Zealand's fifth-largest trading partner and a key market for New Zealand lamb, fruit, and wine," McCully said.

Valley grapevines disappear as imports flood market for low-priced wine
SACRAMENTO — Faced with stagnant sales of low-priced wine and a glut of overseas competitors, grape growers in the San Joaquin Valley are ripping out their vines and replacing them with more profitable crops such as almonds. The attrition of vineyards was highlighted in Wednesday’s State of the Industry briefing at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the annual trade show and convention for the state’s wine industry. The presentation by Bay Area wine consultant Jon Fredrikson drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,500 to the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency hotel across from the state Capitol.

Much ado about wine appellations
One of the trends in the wine world, especially in the New World, is to stress the place where the wine comes from. I don’t mean big places, like Australia, California, Chile and Ontario, but the more precise places of origin. Take today’s four wines. They’re from New Zealand, Ontario, Spain, and South Africa. But the places of origin (appellations) on each bottle are, in turn, Marlborough, Twenty Mile Bench, Catalunya, and Swartland. Of these, Marlborough might be familiar, as it’s the source of so many Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs.

Don't judge a bottle by its label
They say you should never judge a book by its cover. Over the many years I have spent in the wine industry, I have also told myself not to judge a wine by its packaging. Yet I still find myself jumping to conclusions even before I get that first sip into my mouth! So much has changed in the wine world in such a short time. At this point, I feel it may be necessary to back up a little and let go of many preconceived notions.

FUN FRIDAY: This robot can improve wine production
It seems that robots are becoming more important in our daily lives, doing everything from reminding us of our appointments to vacuuming our carpets. Now, though, robots are helping us in another way: by assisting vineyard owners manage their wine production tasks. This robot, aptly called the VineRobot, comes with a set of sensors that allows it to measure important qualities in grapevines, such as vine development, water levels, production and composition of the grapes themselves. After collecting its data, it wirelessly sends it to the vineyard owner for further analysis.

Ghost Rock to create its first sparkling with the help of Jansz winemaker Natalie Fryar
Natalie Fryar completed school work experience with Hardys winery at age 13. At 15 she started making wine. Now, the former Jansz winemaker will work with the North-West's largest winery Ghost Rock as it makes its first sparkling. "My real passion is Tasmanian sparkling wine. This is not just the best region is Australia, but it's one of the best in the world," she said. "The most exciting thing about the Tassie wine industry is that most of it isn't planted yet." As well as consulting for Ghost Rock, she will work on her own sparkling vintage.

More Riesling from the ground up
SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Following a Winestate award for Australia's best Riesling last year, Port Augusta’s Boston Bay Wines has cleared one seventh of its vineyard to double Riesling output in two years. The former chardonnay vines, which were originally planted as Riesling in 1984, will return to their former glory. Boston Bay Wines' Tony Ford said his father grafted the vines in to chardonnay vines but they retained the original Riesling roots. He said they were sawn off at the base and would regrow as full size riesling vines in two years.

WineTech and the future of wine retail
Wine Industry Suppliers Australia’s (WISA) WineTech event will be held at the Adelaide Exhibition & Events Centre in July. The national wine industry supplier trade exhibition will feature Sam Willard, senior business development manager for digital development and innovation with the Woolworths Liquor Group as keynote speaker. “Sam has almost 20 years’ experience in the hospitality and wine industry. He heads up Dan Murphy’s connections program, which allows the retailer to meet customer demands by offering a wider range of products specifically from the boutique end of the market."

Mexico says ‘salud’ to Australian wine
The biggest tasting of Australian wine in Mexico was held in Mexico City for close to 200 media, trade and VIP guests, last Thursday. Hosted by Wine Australia, guests were able to taste more than 60 Australian wines from 13 wine regions including the Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Heathcote, Frankland River and the Hunter Valley. The multi-format tasting event included blind tastings, mini-masterclasses and door prizes all designed to educate guests on the quality and diversity of Australian wine.

WINE: Legends are made of this
David Clarke, founder and former chairman of Macquarie Bank and McGuigan Wines, built a significant wine empire embracing some prime Hunter vineyards and the Poole’s Rock, Cockfighter’s Ghost and Firestick brands. His investment grew in 2002 when he bought the 1500-tonne capacity J.Y. Tulloch and Sons Glen Elgin winery, cellar door and 9.6-hectare vineyard from the troubled Southcorp Wines Ltd. In 2011 Clarke lost his long battle with cancer at the age of 69 and the Agnew Wine Group made a friendly takeover of the Poole’s Rock De Beyers Road vineyard and winery, the Cockfighter’s Ghost vineyard and the Poole’s Rock, Cockfighter’s Ghost and Firestick wine brands... Reports The Herald.

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