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Australian winemaker hits her stride in heart of Burgundy

Jane Eyre readily admits that while working as a hairdresser in Melbourne over 20 years ago, “I probably drank more gin and tonic” – but a flair for coaxing top-notch wines from storied Burgundy vines has propelled her into the French wine firmament.

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French wineries to get aid as new US tariffs bite

More French and German wines have been hit with retaliatory US import tariffs this week, as France’s government promises fresh aid for winemakers and an alliance of American retailers and merchants looks to president-elect Joe Biden to solve the impasse.

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South Africa: Wineries out of business, jobs lost from alcohol ban

With alert Level 3 lockdown regulations extended, including the ban on alcohol sales and on-site consumption at restaurants and tasting rooms, wine businesses are reeling. Not all of them will recover.

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Dan Berger: Tax and Trade Bureau’s new ruling on bottle sizes

A “bottle of wine” contains 750 millilitres of liquid, about 25 ounces. And if you picked up a wine bottle in a store and the label said it had only 700ml inside, you might think you were getting ripped off. However, the 700ml bottle isn’t a legally permitted size. And that may not change for […]

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Direct-to-consumer shipping opens in Kentucky

The state of Kentucky enacted a direct-to-consumer (DTC) shipping law for beer, wine, and spirits, effective July 15, 2020, and on December 14, 2020, finally issued the regulations to implement the new law.

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Post-2020: Sonoma growers face uncertain but hopeful harvest

After a disastrous 2020, Sonoma County grape growers should find a stronger appetite for their crops this year, though there’s still uncertainty, a top wine industry analyst said.

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Preliminary estimates indicate Sonoma Pinot hit hardest by smoke

Estimates of the total tons picked in 2020 show what many in the North Coast feared; Sonoma County’s Pinot Noir crop appears to have suffered the most. According to preliminary estimates by the grape and wine brokerage firm Ciatti, the 2020 Sonoma County harvest of Pinot Noir came to roughly 30,000 tons which would be […]

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Climate change battle heats up for Australian winemakers

When an unprecedented heatwave hit South Australia, home to the world-renowned Barossa Valley winemaking region, viticulturists fretted about the impact on their grapes. The crops survived, but the extreme weather last year was a reminder of how climate change can hurt a resurgent Aus$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) export industry boosted by Chinese thirst for Australian […]

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A greener wine future

Brands are getting savvier about lessening their environmental impact and giving back what they take out. Fourth Wave Wine’s Tread Softly plants a tree in Western Australia’s Yarra Yarra corridor for every dozen wines sold. They hit their initial goal of 100,000 trees in October 2020 and are now working towards 250,000.

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Washington considers new grape pest quarantine rules

Following years of discussion, Washington state plans to update its rules governing the movement of grape planting stock to protect the wine and juice industries from pests and diseases. The changes to the grape pest quarantine program resulted from five years of industry-led work to standardise grapevine nursery stock certification and quarantine requirements across the […]

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US wine industry poised to bounce back in 2021

The US wine industry is poised to bounce back in 2021, according to a report by Silicon Valley Bank, with a consumer desire to celebrate set to help drive wine sales this year. Wineries that have established strong direct-to-consumer sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as online retailers, can expect more gains in 2021, […]

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US The Midwesterners creating their own natural wine scene

When Jill Mott returned home to Minneapolis after she received her sommelier certificate in Chicago in 2011, she wanted to change the city’s wine scene. She felt that, outside of Chicago, the Midwestern market for low-intervention wines lagged behind places like New York City and Los Angeles.

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Champagne film featuring Stephen Fry to launch at Cannes

A film about Champagne featuring Stephen Fry, a range of high-profile figures from the French sparkling wine region, and UK wine writers is to launch at Cannes in the summer. Called Sparkling: The Story of Champagne, the film is described as a feature length documentary, and has been created by a London-based independent production company […]

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Blog: The clean-washing of wine

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, one might expect natural winemakers to feel flush with admiration. Instead, many are worrying about how the clean wine trend’s penchant for scare tactics about additives, gluten, and sugar undermines the integrity of their own movement.

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Wrap up: How Australia’s tourism industry is recovering a year after the devastating bushfires

As if the coronavirus and trade dispute with China were not enough to deal with in 2020, hundreds of Australia’s winemakers were also faced with abandoning their harvests — if not due to fire damage, then because of smoke taint.

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Report: Australian wine market assessment and forecasts to 2024

ResearchandMarkets.com has released its Australian wine market and forecasts to 2024 report, which predicts the leading players are Constellation Brands, Treasury Wine Estates and Pernod Ricard. The report provides insights on high growth markets to target, trends in the usage of packaging materials, types and closures, distribution data and companies market shares.

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