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Wine lovers trend toward digital reliance

In the 2021 National Liquor News Industry Leaders Forum, Bryan Fry, CEO of Pernod Ricard Winemakers, talked about the role of technology and how it contributes to adaptability post-pandemic. Source: The Shout

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Tainted love: Beers give smoky grapes a bright side

Creating a solution from necessity, Topher Boehm of Sydney’s Wildflower Brewing & Blending and Bryan Martin of Ravensworth Wines in Murrumbateman in New South Wales have joined forces to look on the bright side in producing five uniquely flavoured beers utilising smoke tainted grapes from the devastating bushfires of the 2019/20 summer. Source: Beer & […]

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Automating estimates: AI to predict yields

Wine companies will soon be able to use artificial intelligence to count inflorescence, with a research prototype to be trialled in Marlborough later this year. Source: New Zealand Winegrower

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Proposal for six-month suspension of EU and US wine and spirits tariffs

EU trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis has put forward a proposal which would see the suspension of all mutual tariffs for six months. Dombrowski said it would create a “necessary breathing space for industries and workers on both sides of the Atlantic”. Source: The Drinks Business

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‘Third of French wine production lost’ due to cold snap

At least a third of French wine production this year, representing almost €2 billion in sales, will be lost due to a bout of unusually cold early spring weather, according to National Federation of Agricultural Holders’ Unions (FNSEA) secretary general Jérôme Despey. Source: The Local fr

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Industry slams reported plans for mandatory on-trade BWS calorie labelling

UK Hospitality (UKH) and the Portman Group has voiced serious concern in relation to reported plans for licensed premises to label calorie count on beers, wine and spirits (BWS), with the Department of Health considering a consultation on plans to mandate any business with 250 or more employees to display calorie labels. Source: Harpers

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Gallo plans bottling plant in South Carolina

E.&J. Gallo Winery plans to build a South Carolina bottling plant, a major expansion for the Modesto-based company. The plant would employ about 500 people but not affect any jobs in Gallo’s hometown, the industry giant said. Source: The Modesto Bee

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Champagne goes green to battle climate change

It seems probable that the wine industry, more than any other agricultural industry, is going green in environmental terms. Growing grapes in historically prestigious vineyards and the need to preserve the integrity of the soil has become in particular a mission for the producers in France’s Champagne region of 16,100 winegrowers, 360 houses and 140 […]

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Winemakers rejoice at an excellent South Australian vintage

An “exceptional” South Australian wine vintage will soon be on its way to retail shelves. Winemakers picking grapes across the state say that quality is very high, and yield is high too thanks largely to favourable seasonal conditions. Source: ABC

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Jim Barry Wines receives funding grant for luxury apartments

Jim Barry Wines receives funding from the latest round of South Australian Government’s Tourism Industry Development Fund grants. The Clare Valley winery will be receive $220,000 for The Mill Street Retreat, a $770,000 project which will see four, one-bedroom luxury apartments built in the heart of this beautiful wine region. Source: Australasian Leisure Management

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Naked Wines announces new chair

Naked Wines has announced that Darryl Rawlings will join the Board with immediate effect as an independent non-executive director. In addition, Naked Wines said Rawlings will also succeed Ian Harding as chairman at the forthcoming annual general meeting in August 2021, following Harding’s previously announced intentions to retire this summer after serving on the Board […]

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Germany buys the most bulk wine

Germany remains the world’s largest importer of bulk wine. Figures from the Bulk Wine Club, an organisation of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition, show that imports in 2020 fell by over eight percent compared to the previous year. Nevertheless, Germany still imported 7.94 million hectolitres of wine in bulk. Source: Meininger’s Wine Business International

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Rioja unveils strategic five-year plan

The Consejo Regulador DOCa of Rioja has unveiled an ambitious five-year strategic plan aimed at boosting the region’s sustainability credentials, driving wine tourism and increasing exports. Source: Harpers

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Burgundy embraces new varieties to combat climate change

After the earliest harvest in years, Burgundy growers are pursuing massal selection or replanting with cuttings from existing vines and old vineyards to identify established Pinot Noir and Chardonnay clones that are best suited for the current environment. In addition, growers are being urged to look at alternative rootstocks that can delay ripening. Source: Wine […]

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US grapegrowers tackle fire recovery, drought

Too much fire and not enough water have made winegrape-growing efforts more challenging than usual for North Coast farmers. After losing crops to severe wildfires and accompanying smoke last year, farmers monitor bud break in their vineyards amid concerns about drought and the potential for more fires in 2021. Source: AgAlert

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