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News posted on Monday, 31 July 2017

NZ's first urban winery
The Urban Winery by winemaker Tony Bish is projected to open in September. The venue is being developed in the Art Deco-inspired old National Tobacco Company building in Ahuriri. Once licensing comes through, Bish hopes to offer food, live music and lounge/tasting areas. Source, The New Zealand Herald.

Decanter NZ Sauv Blanc panel tasting
If you enjoy diversity it’s worth trying the lusher wines of Hawke’s Bay and the Wairarapa, and the sleeker, tangier wines from Nelson, Waipara and Central Otago. Anyone claiming New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is boring simply needs to taste a wider range of wines. Source, Decanter China.

Study finds wine reduces diabetes risk
Consuming alcohol three or four days a week was associated with a reduced risk of developing diabetes – a 27% reduction in men and a 32% reduction in women – compared with abstaining, scientists found. Wine was considered particularly beneficial, probably because it has chemical compounds that improve blood sugar balance, researchers in Denmark found. Source, The Guardian.

Does a cork pop make wine seem better?
‘The Grand Cork Experiment’ was launched last night in London to find out whether the pop of a cork really does affect our perception of wine quality. A space in London's Soho was transformed into a laboratory to test whether the pop of a cork had a more positive impact on the wine tasting experience than the click of a screwcap. Source, The Drinks Business.

Gundlach sues Cali wine merchant over Bordeaux
Jeffrey Gundlach, one of the world's best-known bond investors, has sued a California wine merchant he said sold him several dozen bottles of fake wine, including Bordeaux that experts consider among the greatest wines ever made. Source, Reuters.

French museum acknowledges Georgian wine
France's Cite de Vin museum will toast Georgia's 9,000-year history as the global birthplace of wine-making in a new exhibition from Monday. The wine history museum in the southwestern city of Bordeaux - dubbed "adult Disneyland" when it opened last year - will showcase 125 objects from the Black Sea nation dating back as far as the Neolithic era. Source, The Local.

Barbara Blanke wins WS service award
Barbara Banke, who helped her late husband Jess Jackson build a wine empire on the success of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay and has led it to new heights since his passing, is the recipient of Wine Spectator's Distinguished Service Award for 2017. Source, Wine Spectator.

Tourism academic researches WA wine
Professor Sam Huang, an internationally renowned tourism academic, is doing preliminary research on how Margaret River food and wine should be a major focus for WA to increase Chinese tourism. Sam Huang says that by 2025, 220 million middle-class Chinese a year will be looking for unique tourism experiences and they should be looking no further than WA’s south-west. Source, The West Australian.

Dawine to sell Vasse Felix to China
Dawine has gained the exclusive rights to sell the Vasse Felix Winery on its Tmall online store, via existing distribution channels in China. Established in 1967, Vasse Felix is Margaret River's founding wine estate and is well suited to Dawine's curated wine approach to the China retail market. Source, News.

Cab Sauv's rebirth of cool
"Through the prism of one of Australia’s most revered producers, Wynns, celebrating the 60th vintage of the famed Coonawarra “Black Label” Cabernet Sauvignon, we can get close to an answer," writes Tony Love for The Source.

Growers prepare for success
Pruning snips were given a rest last week as grapegrowers gathered to think about their business plans. A range of issues were put on the table at the South Australian Wine Grape Growers Summit, presented by the Wine Grape Council of SA and the Barossa Grape & Wine Association. Source, Winetitles.

Montoro & Colmar strike gold at SRWS
Two vineyards have shone at the Sydney Royal Wine Show, taking home gold medals. Colmar Estate and Montoro Wines each received a gold, silver and bronze medal, while Printhie Wines received a silver and two bronze and Angullong Vineyard took home three bronze. Source, Central Western Daily.

Breaking: Mel predicted to lose Winetitles Cook-off
The Winetitles Finance Officer, Melissa Smithen, was loudly confident on her projected win for tomorrow's Great Winetitles Wine Cook-off. However, new research from the CSIRO states that Smithens is actually in a low percentile for success. Source, Facts Central.

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