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News posted on Thursday, 30 July 2015

Keystone Group appoints Chris Morrison as new group wine director
Sydney based hospitality group, Keystone has appointed Chris Morrison to the position of group wine director. With over two decades experience working as a sommelier across both the UK and Australia, Morrison will bring a wealth of experience to the role. Throughout his career, Morrison has worked for international restaurateurs such as London’s Sir Terrance Conran together with some of Australia’s finest restaurants including Guillaume at Bennelong, Quay, est, MG Garage and Becasse. Morrison was also named the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide ‘Sommelier of the Year’ in 2006.

Redmans Wines in the Coonawarra toasts the future
ONE of the Coonawarra’s ­pioneering vigneron families — the Redmans — have never become too big for their boots. Wine gluts, booms and busts have come and gone in the century that the Redmans have been growing grapes and making wine in the South Australian region. The family, who now have a fourth generation involved in the business, have resisted the temptation to expand during the booms. This the Redmans credit for helping them ride out what they say is increasingly a “tough” industry, especially in recent years when it comes to marketing.

TPP negotiations at pointy end
NATIONAL Farmers' Federation (NFF) president Brent Finlay wants Australian negotiators to aim high and enhance outcomes for agricultural exports, when talks recommence on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement this week in Maui, Hawaii. The Australian government is aiming to deliver commercially meaningful outcomes for Australian agricultural exports such asa beef, dairy, grains, sugar, horticulture, seafood and wine, while securing gains for local resources and energy exports, manufactured and other goods, according to Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb.

Wine trade group, wineries sue over Illinois shipping
The Wine Institute and three Napa County wineries have filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Revenue and Attorney General’s Office over a dispute on whether they should have charged tax on shipping fees for online purchases into the state. The trade group for California wineries and Chimney Rock Winery, the Miner Family Winery and Staglin Family Vineyard filed suit in Illinois state court in response to hundreds of Illinois False Claims Act complaints that have been brought by attorney Stephen Diamond. Diamond has been acting on behalf of the state.

Wine exports healthy as value rises
We might be drinking a little less, but we're drinking better quality, according to the latest export figures. French, Italian and Spanish wines continued to perform well on the export market, as the global thirst for wine remains seemingly unquenched. Figures released this week by Dutch agri-bank Rabobank showed that while volumes for French and Italian wines dipped slightly in the first quarter of the year, value was most definitely up.

French drop tradition for private wine storage, says cellar owner
It has been a widely held view in the wine trade that most French collectors would rather keep their fine wines close at hand than pay for professional storage – unlike many of their counterparts in the UK. One of the most extreme examples is Michel-Jack Chasseuil, whose 40,000 bottle cellar built within his own home contains a treasure trove of French wine. But, a new generation of private cellar operators say higher fine wine prices and the physical confines of urban living mean more French people are considering professional wine storage.

The wine industry gives farmers a taste of what to expect from climate change
Wine, as we have seen once again this week, seems to be a handy way to galvanise concerns about the future ill-effects of climate change. It’s perhaps telling that the prospect of losing a favourite tipple attracts media coverage so readily, when the bigger issue is surely about securing food for the billions who rely on subsistence farming. Those concerns aside, viticulture delivers important messages about a changing climate, for several reasons. High-quality wine is extraordinarily sensitive to the vagaries of the weather.

Sensory analysis: An essential esset for the enological sector
MILAN – Sustainability and sensory analysis will be the focus of several International Conferences held at the next edition of SIMEI in Milan on November 3-6 2015. SIMEI is the world reference point for wine technology, not only because it is an extraordinary showcase of the best innovations of the sector, but also because exhibition organiser UIV has always intended to make it a unique, top-level professional update and information opportunity. In 2015, the scheduled International Conferences will host several qualified speakers: each of which will give their own professional contribution and encourage participants to take part in the discussion.

Mark Langlands takes out Bayer Wairarapa Young Viticulturist of the Year
Mark Langlands from Te Kairanga has been named as the Bayer Wairarapa Young Viticulturist of the Year 2015. Contestants battled it out at Te Kairanga Vineyard with their final challenge being to deliver a speech to a key audience in the evening at the Martinborough Village Cafe. Contestants completed a wide range of activities including questions on trellising, vine management, pests & diseases, budgeting, tractor maintenance and irrigation as well as having an interview and a quick fire buzzer round.

WA winery wins best value award
Mt Barker winery West Cape Howe Wines as named the best value winery of the year at last night's Halliday Wine Companion Awards. The award was one of the six major prizes of the event, which was held to coincide with the launch of the 2016 edition of the Halliday Wine Companion. WA wineries also won in three of the 10 varietal categories. Deep Woods Estate in Yallingup garnered the best Chardonnay awards for its 2013 reserve vintage.

Hospo forum designed to inspire
It’s commonly accepted that members of the hospitality industry are past masters at celebrating their profession. However, this September things become a little more studious for New Zealand food and beverage professionals. The annual Hospitality Summit & Feast by Famous Chefs is an opportunity for the Kiwi pros to put their heads together for their own benefit while also celebrating the achievements of colleagues.

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