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News posted on Monday, 30 October 2017

BC wine rallying for a fight
B.C. wineries are pressing hard to see legal barriers against inter-provincial shipping of wine and liquor across Canada changed. The Supreme Court will hear the case in early December, and organizers are asking the wine industry to rally behind the intervenors and support the drive to loosen shipping regulations. Source, Revel Stoke Review.

Mobile cellar doors to revolutionise
“Wine Cubes” will be popping up on Armenian vineyards—and building up the country’s enotourism industry. Semina Consulting and the philanthropic non-profit ONEArmenia, hope to create a new wave of local enotourism in southeastern Armenia and empower small family farmers to thrive there. Source, Smithsonian.

Master Somm is calling for transparency
A bottle of wine can include not only sulfites to kill off bacteria and yeasts, but also derivatives of dried fish bladders, livestock pancreases, egg white and milk. Master of Wine Isabelle Legeron has had enough. She’s calling for all ingredients to be listed on a wine bottle’s label. Source, Forbes.

Meet the Malbec with attitude
How would Argentina look on the world wine map today if it wasn’t for former Argentine President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento? Thanks to the agricultural initiatives of then-exiled Sarmiento, in 1853 a Frenchman called Michel Aimé Pouget brought some French vine material, including a grape called Malbec, to Mendoza from a nursery project in Chile. Source, The Telegraph.

Kim Crawford talks vintage 1995
"It was 1995 and it was the worst vintage ever. You can tell if it's going to be a bad year because when the cyclones came down the west coast - as they have also done this year - they go through Cook Strait and devastate Marlborough. That was a horrible year." Source, The New Zealand Herald.

No bonanza for NZ as wine volumes drop
Global wine production plummeted to an almost six-decade low this year. Falling wine production around the world may help support prices for New Zealand product, but local winegrowers should not expect to see a bonanza, NZ Winegrowers chief executive Philip Gregan said. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

A solution for salty vines
The CSIRO's Dr Jake Dunlevy took out the Viticulture and Oenology section of the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards. Dunlevy has since used the funding to add a new component to a four-year, Wine Australia-supported project looking at a novel genetic approach to keeping salt out of vines. Source, Wine Australia.

Don McWilliam dies at 83
On October 27 McWilliam’s Wine announced the passing of Don McWilliam who died at the age of 83. McWilliam’s provided the following details on his life and achievements. For those wishing to pay their respects, details of his funeral service are also included. Source, Winetitles.

Green light on $45m for Goona Warra
The historic Goona Warra Winery is set for a $45 million transformation with approval given for a 76-suite hotel, restaurant and function centre. Plans for the major innovation in one of Victoria’s oldest wine regions were ticked off at last week’s Hume Council planning meeting. Source, The Herald Sun.

Living in the Swan Valley
The Swan Valley has been home to Laura Pearson for the past 20 years since she and her husband Derek moved from London to start Upper Reach Winery. Mrs Pearson said she could not imagine living anywhere else and the Swan Valley had stolen her heart. Source, Community News Group.

Clarification on $50m name change
Legislation announced on October 26 that formally changes the name of the authority from the Australian Grape and Wine Authority to Wine Australia has been clarified by the Winemakers Federation of Australia. "The Federation, Australian Vignerons and AGWA collaborated to develop the business plan to direct funding towards specific program areas including a grants scheme to benefit international tourism in regional Australia." Source, Winetitles.

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