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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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Blog: What’s the future of virtual wine tastings?

While the present is still grim in some areas (such as South Africa), many wine regions have open up their tasting rooms even in a limited, socially distant capacity. That’s been sure relief for cash-strapped wineries and a welcome respite for wine lovers who need to digitally detox.

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Opinion: Clean wine has a messaging problem

The phrase “clean wine” elicits a reaction akin to finger nails scraping across an old slate blackboard—to those of you unfamiliar with the sensation, consider yourself lucky. Now that you know my visceral reaction to what I view as a fad, an explanation is in order.

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US: How the multimillion-dollar wine auction circuit is going virtual

In 2020, the big-top tents filled with oenophiles, bidding wars, breathless auctioneers and the thrill of winning a coveted lot seems to have gone away. This year’s charity wine auctions up and down the West Coast have been imperilled in the face of COVID-19. The first to go dark was Auction Napa Valley, where a […]

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Blog: COVID’s winery wake-up call: it’s about marketing, not winemaking

Winemaking is important, but the wine sales game has changed dramatically. COVID-19 tasting room closures have proven this. Stop thinking you are in the winery production business, and start believing you are in the wine marketing business. Your competitive advantage is that consumers are supporting authentic brands that resonate with them.

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Blog: For and against the clean wine trend

Where food has led, wine had to follow and ‘clean wine’ is now also a ‘thing’. Many people have just been introduced to the term thanks to the widely trumpeted news that actress Cameron Diaz has launched a new ‘clean wine’ brand called Avaline, working with her friend, the entrepreneur Katherine Power.

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Opinion: The climate is changing, whether we like it or not – What it means to winegrapes and what we can do about it

I’m not an expert in climatology, and I’ll bet most of you are not either. That is why I listen to experts on the subject of climate change. I concluded, long ago, that not only is it real, but humankind has played a large part in the most recent and dramatic changes in weather patterns […]

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Opinion: What is “clean wine”?

Cameron Diaz and her business partner are on the hustings promoting their new product—something called “clean wine”. Here is how they describe this very sanitary liquid which is called Aveline. Alder Yarrow calls this a “commercial scam” and has a comprehensive take down of their misleading claims on his blog.

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Blog: UK government sleepwalking to fine wine disaster

What is at stake here is Britain’s position as the world’s leading fine wine trading hub. While production of English and Welsh wine was fewer than 120,000 cases in 2019, the value of the UK’s wine exports – at $837 million (according to howmuch.net) – exceeded those of both Argentina ($798m) and South Africa ($663m).

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Blog: Pinot Noir’s past, present and uncertain future in Burgundy

Pinot Noir and Burgundy, Burgundy and Pinot Noir—their alliance is the closest thing the wine world has to a creation myth. All the elements are there: ancient vineyards, a history of quality viticulture that dates back to the Middle Ages and an indigenous grape that reflects each nuance of site and soil. It brings forth […]

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Blog: How large alcohol brands can shift to a small-batch strategy

For the past several years, there’s been a massive boom in the small-batch wine and spirits market. Younger generations of consumers have shown a preference for more authentic and personal brands, and the craft beer trend paved the way for exciting new liquor and wine brands to emerge.

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Blog: The influence of alcohol level and polyphenol content on oral release and persistence of esters in wine

Studies consistently show that alcohol content affects aroma release of many different aromatic esters in wine.  What’s not as consistent, however, is the research regarding the effects of polyphenols on aroma release.  Wine isn’t just alcohol and esters alone.

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Blog: The real cost of wine

How much does it cost to produce a bottle of wine? And, more importantly, should those costs be transparent? Attempting to analyse the production costs of any bottle of wine is not easy. Do we have to factor in the need to pay back the money spent on buying vineyards or equipment or the construction […]

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Blog: Is China capable of producing world-class wines?

Ten years ago, the idea of inviting someone to drink Chinese wine is probably the equivalent to serving leftover chicken wings on a Christmas Eve. Granted there’s no shortage of acerbic plonk churned out by volume-driven producers that sit at the bottom of supermarket shelves gathering dust. It takes an extremely adventurous soul to venture […]

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Podcast: Australian wine targets Africa in plan to grow industry

Africa’s East Coast could hold the key to Australia’s wine industry becoming a $15 billion a year sector. Australian Grape and Wine has developed a roadmap to growing the industry to 2050. It includes a strategy to diversify and strengthen export markets, improving tourism to wine regions, and it sets a target of net zero […]

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Blog: The (often) overlooked way to make money in wine

Ultimately, almost everything needs to be sold by someone. In the case of well-branded products – cars, toilet rolls and Champagne – much of that responsibility is shouldered by the brand owner, who will spend a lot of money on marketing. But, even after the automobile industry collectively spent over $35bn globally on TV advertising, […]

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