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China’s ‘unconscionable’ trade sanctions warrant action, PM says

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his government will ask the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to resolve its wine-tariff trade dispute with China, but any road through the WTO could be riddled with difficulties

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California winery sues grape company over alleged smoke-tainted grapes

Langtry Farms winery is suing Santa Rosa-based Torick Farms, claiming that the company sold them smoke-tainted grapes harvested during last year’s wildfires. Lake County winery Langtry Farms said during a court hearing that grapes allegedly provided to them by Torick Farms showed high levels of taint in samples. For their own part, Torick Farms maintain […]

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Will the growth of ecommerce cannibalise sales or offer incremental value?

In many global markets, COVID-19 accelerated the impact and growth of some of the industry’s key drivers, including ecommerce development, premiumisation, moderation, the rise of the so-called ‘home-premise’, and the need for more convenient product formats. These are the trends that will also underpin the industry’s resilience as it adapts to meet consumers in the […]

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EU tariffs costing Brown-Forman US$70m a year in lost sales

Lawson Whiting, president of Brown-Forman, estimates that the EU’s 25% penalty tariff on American whiskies is costing the company US$70 million a year in lost sales. The transatlantic dispute harks back to the days of the Trump White House when America imposed a 25% anti-dumping levy on European steel and aluminium to be followed a […]

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UC Davis works to help wine industry overcome drought conditions

Susan Tipton likes to talk about her award-winning wines produced at Acquiesce Winery in Acampo just outside Lodi, but these days she keeps a close watch on the current drought conditions as well. Tipton took a big hit last year when winter rains didn’t materialize.

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Napa wine group Duckhorn Portfolio reports 31% jump in Q3 sales

In its first report of financial results as a public company, the Napa-based producer of wine brands such as Duckhorn and Decoy provided a look inside the financial impacts on one of the North Coast’s largest industries from oversupply, wildfire, flood and the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

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2020 Bordeaux ‘highest scoring vintage ever’ at top end

Based on a basket of 115 top wines, the 2020 Bordeaux vintage has been awarded the highest scores ever by Wine Lister’s partner critics. The record-breaking score elevation was revealed with the release of part 2 of the trading and analysis platform’s annual Bordeaux Study, which also surmised that: “Based on similar scoring vintages (2018, […]

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Adelaide Hills Wine Region partners with local agencies for creative and PR

Membership organisation, Adelaide Hills Wine Region (AHWR) has appointed two new Adelaide specialists as its design and PR partners: Culture Crop and VEPR. The new appointments come as new executive officer, Fiona LeSage continues to strategically drive the industry body forward and raise the profile of the wine region amongst consumers, trade and stakeholders, locally […]

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Trans-Tasman bubble boosts NZ wine tourism

The opening of the trans-Tasman bubble in April was an exciting development which will benefit our industry in multiple ways, notably in the wine tourism space. Within days of the re-opening of the Australian borders, wineries across the country were welcoming back international wine tourists.

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UK: The Wine Society sees “rocketing” en primeur sales during lockdown

The Wine Society has reported rocketing interest in en primeur sales during lockdown, with sales up around 25%.Speaking to The Drinks Business, CEO Steve Finlan said that en primeur had “rocketed”. “Last year we did about £17m in en primeur – if you say how much has it grown by year-on-year, it’s hard to say […]

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Wine lightens up as heavy bottles fall out of favour

Does anyone still believe that for a wine to be good it has to come in a heavy bottle? Or that all heavy bottles contain great wine? Jancis Robinson, MW, has drawn a line and declared that it doesn’t matter if the wine is good or not, the heavy bottle has to go.

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Soil microbes metabolise the same polyphenols found in chocolate, wine

A research team led by Kelly Wrighton, associate professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, has uncovered new insights into the role of polyphenols in the soil microbiome, known as a black box for its complexity.

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Are Napa Valley grape prices sustainable?

Napa Valley growers often tie grape prices to wine market prices, using a rule of thumb that 1 ton of grapes ought to be priced at 100 times the retail price of the bottle they go into. Using this guideline, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes priced at the 2019 district average of $8,000 might be expected to […]

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Foncalieu remains on course for growth

The Foncalieu cooperative from the Languedoc region continues its growth course with the Vignobles de Montagnac joining the federation. The managing director of Foncalieu Jean-Marie Cassignol explains in a press release that one does not want to grow for the sake of growing but cooperates with wineries that share the ambition to bring the wine […]

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Vegan leather is made from winegrapes

Vegan leathers have been made from cactus leaves, pineapples, corn, and apple peels. Now, vegan grape leather, also known as “wine leather,” is the newest plant-based leather to make its way into the eco-friendly fashion industry.

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Central Victorian wine tour companies hurt by coronavirus restrictions

Winemakers and tour companies across the region are feeling the pinch as COVID-19 restrictions continue to prohibit them from trading. For Heathcote Grape Escape Tours it had been a hard few weeks of constant cancellations, little business and no government assistance.

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