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Pregnancy warning made compulsory on alcohol within three years

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand have introduced new norms regarding alcohol consumption during pregnancy. The Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation acknowledged it this week. Moreover, they have pushed back the deadline for multi-colored pregnancy warning tags on alcohol. These tags are now going to be imprinted in red, black and white, and will read a […]

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Australia-US looking to ramp up joint military exercises in South China Sea

Australia and the United States are set to conduct more joint military exercises in the South China Sea following Canberra’s decision to brand China’s territorial claims unlawful at the United Nations. China’s government is expected to respond to Australia’s escalation within days. State media has warned further trade strikes on beef and wine could be […]

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Aldi withdraws SA liquor licence bid

Aldi has withdrawn its applications for liquor licences at six of its stores in South Australia after the Government closed a liquor licensing loophole regarding alcohol being stocked in supermarkets. However in May the South Australian Government announced it was moving to close the loophole, after new liquor licensing categories came into effect in November […]

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Unico Zelo is colouring outside the lines

Unico Zelo – the boundary-pushing Adelaide Hills winery that brought us vermouth made from yuzu and mandarin liqueur crafted using “ugly” fruit, along with a throng of smashable wines – has gone all out and founded a new brand devoted to experimental, small-batch vino.

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2020 DtC wine shipping mid-year report

The COVID-19 pandemic swayed buying channels drastically, shifting traditional retail and on-premise sales over to ecommerce sales. With brick-and-mortar retailers being closed down temporarily, or hours modified, and on-premise locations like bars and restaurants being closed, many consumers have turned to DtC shipping in order to purchase their favourite wines.

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Champagne losing its fizz as global pandemic clobbers sales

Producers in France’s eastern Champagne region, headquarters of the global industry, say they’ve lost an estimated 1.7 billion euros ($2 billion) in sales for this year, as turnover fell by a third — a hammering unmatched in living memory, and worse than the Great Depression.

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COVID is bringing a painful evolution to the wine business

Experts see a recovery of the US wine market and overall economy on the horizon but concede that many wineries may not be able to get there. Five months into the global COVID-19 pandemic, the wine industry continues to be held back by losses from the on-premise sector and tasting rooms. The current challenges represent […]

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Associations demand end to wine and spirits tariffs

Some 17 associations representing both the US and European wine and spirit trades have submitted comments opposing proposals for further US tariffs on wine, beer and spirits. The industry bodies have submitted comments to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) after news of another tariff review last month.

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Blog: Nature and nurture at Sicilian vineyard

Off the toe of Italy’s boot lies Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to nearly year-round sunshine and rich soils courtesy of Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, the terroir is ideal for thriving grape vines and excellent wines.

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Wines positioned at $20 and up propel growth in retail channels

For the first time since before Covid-19, four-week table wine sales in IRI channels slowed to single-digit volume growth (+8%) for the period ending July 12. Year-to-date table wine volumes still showed impressive gains, amounting to 7.7 million 9-liter cases, up 11.5%.

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Tokay is no longer okay from September

September 1st 2020 marks the end of the transition period for use of ‘Tokay’, making it an offence under the Wine Australia Act 2013 (the Act) to describe or present an Australian wine using this term. When the Australia–European Community Agreement on Trade in Wine (the Agreement) commenced on September 2010, Australia relinquished use of […]

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Blog: Australian winemakers riding pandemic wave could have their best year ever

Both natural acts of destruction have had a significant impact on the economy of Australia, with travel halted and businesses being forced to close. One area, in particular, that has been at risk of a complete downfall is the Australian wine business, something we as a nation are incredibly proud of.

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Waitaki’s best performing vineyard and cellar door for sale

The Waitaki Valley’s highest producing vineyard is for sale along with the successful River-T Estate wine label and cellar door business. Established and operated by accomplished horticulturist Murray Turner and his wife Karen, the estate sits on 4.45ha of fertile land nestled above the Waitaki River.

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Champagne fails to agree on 2020 yields

The occurrence is rare in a region where agreement is generally the norm – on July 22 Champagne winegrowers and negociants failed to agree on yield levels for the 2020 harvest. The COVID-19 crisis, which has made a significant dent in Champagne sales, is creating tension in Champagne.

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Microbiologists clarify relationship between microbial diversity and soil carbon storage

In what they believe is the first study of its kind, researchers led by postdoctoral researcher Luiz A. Domeignoz-Horta and senior author Kristen DeAngelis at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report that shifts in the diversity of soil microbial communities can change the soil’s ability to sequester carbon, where it usually helps to regulate climate.

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French researchers unlock a secret to wine bitterness: oak barrels

A study reveals how one chemical compound in oak barrels may be the culprit for some less welcome flavours in wine. Fans of full-bodied reds and spicy Chardonnays know they can, in part, thank oak barrels for the toasty, nutty vanilla flavours and smooth textures found in their favourite wines. But could wood be adding […]

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