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News posted on Thursday, 30 November 2017

Honoured for outstanding service
Riversun Nursery founder and managing director Geoff Thorpe has been honoured by the New Zealand wine industry for his outstanding 35 years of service to the industry. Mr Thorpe was made a ‘Fellow of New Zealand Winegrowers’ at the Air New Zealand Wine Awards on Saturday night. Source, Gisborne Herald.

Utilising the winery restaurant in winter
Alistair and Fiona Forster took over the vineyard restaurant at Mahana earlier this year. It was previously run as part of the Mahana winery operation but when the owners of Mahana closed the restaurant for the winter it provided an opportunity for Alistair and Fiona to make them an offer. Source, Stuff.

Bubbly British Columbia
You could say that a mountain pushed Gordon Fitzpatrick into the sparkling-wine business. The president of Fitzpatrick Family Vineyards in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley opened an impressive facility purpose-built for Champagne-style bubbly last spring. Source, The Globe and Mail.

Houston Rodeo wine comp results
A Cabernet from Paso Robles won top honors in the 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Wine Competition. The 2014 J. Lohr Vineyards Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is only the second entry from that AVA (American Viticultural Area) to prevail in the event since judging began in 2004. Source, Chron.

California wine country continues recovery
"As the community works toward a full recovery, we remind travelers that tourism is the lifeblood of the Wine Country economy and the region’s residents need your business now more than ever," said Caroline Beteta, Visit California’s president & CEO, in a recent press statement. Source, Travel Market Report.

Rising health trend drives low ABV wines
A growing trend for healthy living and teetotalism, particularly among young adults, is continuing to drive sales of low alcohol wine, according to BMI Research, with a number of retailers working to bolster their ranges. Source, The Drinks Business.

Extending the life of glyphosate
After months of indecision the European Union has voted to extend the licence of the herbicide, glyphosate for five years. Charles Sturt University Emeritus Professor Jim Pratley from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation writes about the implications for Australian agriculture. Source, CSU News.

New lustre to Horden and sons
Anthony Hordern and Sons was once the largest department store in Sydney with 21 hectares of retail space and today, half a century after it disappeared, John Hordern and sons are making a big impression in the wine industry. Source, The Muswellbrook Chronicle.

House of Arras wins best sparkling
Tasmanian label House of Arras has now scooped the ‘Best Sparkling Trophy’ at every capital city wine show in Australia this year. Ed Carr, House of Arras Winemaker, is celebrating this clean sweep after the results of the Royal Hobart Wine Show last night where they won four trophies in total. Source, Food & Beverage.

Winery wins top Shiraz award
And the winner is — Heathcote. Well it’s also Sanguine Estate, but the attention its success in the 2017 Saint Martin Great Australian Shiraz Challenge has focused on the region makes everyone a winner. “This sort of competition attracts a lot of interest in the export market and that is a major plus for many of us in the wine industry,” said Sanguine Estate chief executive Jodi Marsh. Source, The Riverine Herald.

Somm-one to watch: Michael Hill Smith
The Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) has announced the nominees for the WSET Outstanding Alumni Award. Among the nominees is Michael Hill Smith DipWSET, Australia’s first Master of Wine. Hill Smith is an international wine judge, producer, consultant and writer. Source, Hospitality Magazine.


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