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News posted on Wednesday, 31 May 2017

How do wine critic scoring scales match up?
Eddie Oczkowski has published a free access paper demonstrating a method for identifying and measuring the preferences and prejudices of wine critics. Employing expert rating scores from four wine critics assessing Australian premium wines, the analysis breaks down the variability which exists among wine scoring scales. Source, Journal of Wine Research.

Shadowfax Winery Fire update
After yesterday's fire at Shadwofax winery, the team have released a comment and updated information on the damage. Thankfully no one, or no wine was hurt but the restaurant and cellar door will remain closed for the month of June.

Aldi Rose: creating a false sense of success
Aldi recently won an award for its Exquisite collection Côtes De Provence 2016 in the Decanter World Wine Awards. Their success has caused a media frenzy with many publications claiming the wine to be "one of the best in the world".

NZ Wine signs biosecurity agreement
The New Zealand Wine Industry has signed the Government Industry Agreement Deed for biosecurity readiness and response. The agreement will ensure that the wine industry will have a secure place when decisions are being made on biosecurity issues. Source, Winetitles.

Wifi and winegrapes
Growers are utilising technology to streamline their farming practises. Hundreds of apps are now readily available to growers and are saving farmers time and money by assisting in crucial tasks such as determining fruit sunburn risk, calculating water levels for vines and identifying pests and diseases. Source, The Weekly Times.

Chick on a stick remains
With two of Australia's biggest wineries setting up shop at the old Laurance Wines property in Wilyabrup, the future of the famed 'Chick on a Stick' was in doubt, but fear not.

Australia crushing it at wine comps
The results of two recent international wine competitions – the Decanter World Wine Awards 2017 and the Sommelier Wine Awards 2017 – highlight the growing positivity about Australian wine around the world. Source, Wine Australia.

Chile rebuilds after fires devastate
Chile suffered some of the worst wildfires in the nation's history earlier this year, with dozens of blazes ripping across hundreds of thousands of acres in the country's Central Valley. Eleven people were killed, dozens injured and thousands displaced. Source, Wine Spectator.

London Wine Fair retaining dates
Despite suggestions that the London Wine Fair could change its timing and location, outgoing director Ross Carter has assured db that neither will be different in 2018. Source, The Drinks Business.

A guide to natural wine
Before we go into the “hows” and “whys” of natural wine, let’s, for a moment, be clear about what natural wine actually is. For some unknown reason, just about every story on this topic tends to begin with the author or an interview subject stating how confusing it is to define “natural wine,” as there is no legal definition for “natural.” Source, Berkleyside.

NZ geographical indicator registration open soon
New Zealand wine and spirit makers will soon be able to register their geographical indications, Commerce and Consumer Affairs Jacqui Dean told New Zealand Winegrowers today. Source, Voxy.

Award trifecta for Tyrrells
Ian Tinkler, Andrew Thomas and Bimbadgen Estate’s Rauri Donkin last week gained 2017 Hunter Wine Award honours - and the Tyrrell’s family wine company scored a rare trifecta. Three of their team have been recognised for excellence in their fields. Source, The Herald.

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2017 Asian Trade and Media Visit wrap up
Nine leading wine professionals from Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Malaysia recently took part in an engaging seven-day Australian wine experience hosted by Wine Australia. Here are comments from some of the guests. Source, Winetitles.

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