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News posted on Friday, 30 June 2017

Ghost Rock winery is passed on
Cate and Colin Arnold started Ghost Rock winery in Tasmania, as a hobby in 2001. Now, having established the only commercial winery on the Central North Coast, the Arnolds are hanging up the snips. The business’s next generation, winemaking son Justin Arnold, and his wife Alicia Peardon, will be new owners. Source, Winetitles.

Why all the fancy wrapping?
Max Crus has broken a nail - or five - getting in to Mitolo's new vermentino bottled under vinolok. Max Crus does not like pain. These are his thoughts on the packaging situation. Source, The Daily Examiner.

Charles Banks sentenced to four years in prison
Wine executive Charles Banks was sentenced to four years in federal prison yesterday for defrauding retired NBA star Tim Duncan of millions of dollars. U.S. District Judge Fred Biery also ordered Banks, a financial adviser and the founder of Terroir Life, to pay Duncan $7.5 million in restitution and serve three years of supervised release after he finishes his prison time. Source, Wine Spectator.

Smoke from wildfires threatening Cali
?"Thick black clouds of smoke from the hill fire in Santa Margarita could be seen from the Wolff vineyard in the Edna Valley on Tuesday, sending shock waves through owner and wine grape grower Jean-Pierre Wolff." Source, KEYT.

How brands turn customers in to followers
Many consumers like the products they buy, but some people go beyond liking. They actively advocate for the companies and concepts behind those products. Think of Apple Inc. and its trendsetting iPhones, celebrating their ninth anniversary in Canada on July 11. Source, The Conversation.

Canned wine isn't just a gimmick
Trader Joe’s has a surprising new product hit this summer, Simpler Wines – a four-pack of sparkling wines in generous 6-ounce cans. Priced at just $3.99 and available in white and rosé, the wines also have Italian provenance. Trade Joe's simply can't keep it in stock. Source, Forbes.

WA winery delighted by vintage
Wignalls Winery completed its bottling process for the 2017 vintage earlier this month, with a week’s work producing 6000 cases of wine. Winery owner Rob Wignall said this year’s vintage was extremely challenging, yet rewarding, adding it had been a top year. Source, The West.

Chinese economy transitions to consumption
The Chinese economy is transitioning from a dependence on investment spending and infrastructure projects towards consumption and services. This provides many new opportunities for Australia in areas such as food, wine, education and tourism. Source, Cuffelinks.

Risk-taking paid off for Narkoojee
Risk-taking at Narkoojee has paid off as the Glengarry winery's 2015 'Valerie' Pinot Noir was awarded Top Gold in its class at the International Cool Climate Wine Show at Mornington Peninsula. Source, LaTrobe Valley Express.

Anna Robbie, NZ's youngest winery owner
“It’s your ticket to travel, explore and grow. I think the time is right for young people to get into the industry; so many producers are reaching retirement age and succession planning is a big issue. If that isn’t an opportunity, I don’t know what is.” said Robbie. Source, M2Woman.

Marlborough's identity crisis stifles visitor economy
Too many brands ruin the message, and Marlborough needs to resist the urge to add more if it wants to stay on point and attract visitors, a new report has found. The council commissioned the 'Destination Marketing Review Marlborough' to make sure the region was getting bang for its buck when it came to promotion. Source, Stuff.

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