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    Wine expert Lak Quach was renowned in the hospitality industry for his "exceptional palate" and vast knowledge. He graduated dux at the prestigious Len Evans Tutorial in 2013 and became a reviewer for the prestigious Halliday Wine Companion, considered the Bible of Australian wine. The former sommelier and vintner is under investigation by his employer, Melbourne wholesaler Cellarhand, over claims he stole up to $300,000 worth of wine while working as a specialist buyer.
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    Independent wine buyers from Britain toured the State’s wine regions last week as part of the 10-day trip. Organised by Wines of WA, buyers visited boutique vineyards in the Geographe, Margaret River and Southern Forests appellations and were on a tour through Whicher Ridge Wines’ sensory garden when the Times caught up with them. Wines of WA chief executive Larry Jorgensen said Britain was in the top five markets and always had been, and independent buyers — different from maj
  • Revealed: Countries that quaff the most wine

    February 18 was 'National Drink Wine Day' in America. But there are some nationalities which don't need a national day to encourage the enjoyment of a glass of wine. So which country takes the crown? Andorra. According to the Wine Institute, the country consumed 3,936,000 litres of wine in 2014 (the most recent year for which comprehensive statistics are available). Given that just 69,165 people call the Pyrenean principality home, according to the UN, that's 56.9 litres per head. Or the equival
  • Most prized wine grapes on the South Coast

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  • Flames stop just 50 metres from vineyard

    Alessandro and Wilma Laryn expected to find their vineyard burned to the ground. Instead, they found "a piece of paradise". Surrounded by blackened hills, some just 50 metres away, their livelihood was intact. The couple's business, Cracroft Chase Vineyard, is on the northern edge of where wild fire ripped through Christchurch's Port Hills last week. The Laryns left their property on Wednesday night, fearing the worst.
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    For nearly two decades, Mackinaw Valley Vineyards in Tazewell County has been helping transform how people look at wine produced in Illinois. For vineyard founder Diane Hahn and her late husband Paul, it has always been about finding a unique approach to agriculture in the Land of Lincoln.
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    2016 was the biggest Bordeaux harvest in more a decade, according to official figures. The production of 577.2 million litres – the equivalent of a staggering 770 million bottles – was the largest since 2006, when there was 10% more vineyard area. Strong harvest figures for Bordeaux are, of course, in stark contrast to many less fortunate regions across France in 2016.
    It’s the third good Bordeaux vintage in a row. Red wine accounted for 85% of production in 2016, plus 4% ros&e
  • Blenheim residents oppose vineyard accommodation

    A proposal to build worker accommodation on a suburban street in Blenheim has outraged residents, who have started a petition to stop it going ahead. More than 60 people on Warwick St and the surrounding area have signed the petition, arguing the development would be disruptive and devalue their property prices. However, Grapeworx Marlborough owner Mack Pouwhare said the nine self-contained houses he wanted to build on the section would improve the look of the street.
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    An increasing number of winemakers experimenting with oak, bottle age and wild ferments, bringing another layer to the region’s offer, evolving away from the one-dimensional model of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. “People are starting to play with bottle ferment and extended lees contact. You like to keep the wines in tank and in bottle for an extended period of time. Some people play with wild ferment,” said Jean-Charles Van Hove, of Clos Marguerite in Marlborough.
    "We are getti
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    Mealybugs have quickly become the bane of grape growers throughout much of New Zealand. The ability of this insect group to transmit leafroll virus from one vine to another has resulted in a large number of vines having to be removed due to this non-curable infection. Within New Zealand Winegrowers’ Vineyard Ecosystems Program, scientists are determined to discover if ground cover plants can help to reduce the adverse economic influence of grapevine leafroll virus.
  • Does South Africa have a signature red grape?

    It might not have been that clear cut 20 years ago but Chenin Blanc is now pretty much established as South Africa’s signature white grape. When it comes to the signature red variety, matters are more complicated. For a long while, there was a certain faction that argued vociferously that it should be Pinotage... but most view it as regional curiosity rather than the single key to unlocking global markets. This might seem to leave Cabernet Sauvignon pitted against Shiraz.
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  • Vintage 2017: Mia Mia sparkles

    Innovation has always been at the heart of Pamela and Norbert Baumgartner’s success. They change their Mia Valley Estate wines and styles every year to suit the way their grapes have performed.
    “There are no boundaries really — you just have to keep experimenting,” Norbert said.
    “We like to try alternative things with the grapes we’ve got.”
    Last year they decided to make the Heathcote wine ­region’s first sparkling Riesling — one of only
  • True believers in Sagrantino

    Trevor March, from Heathvale Wines in the Eden Valley, first came across Sagrantino at a tasting in 1986. It’s a variety that hails from Umbria in central Italy, primarily round the village of Montefalco. Sourcing cuttings from those great champions of ‘appropriate’ grape varieties, the Chalmers family in Merbein, it was 13 years until the first vintage was released in 2010 (due to quarantine restrictions and restriction of only being able to import two vines from Umbria).
  • SA Riverland: Half way there

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    The paper was written to encourage thoughtfulness about how the region could pull itself up by the bootstraps. The challenges of markets and climate had taken a toll. Major producers were in ‘withdrawal mode’. Gross margins were increasingly hard to find at all levels. Spirits were low and some had
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  • Wineries to take demise of TPP in stride

    After the United States' withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the trade boons is was expected to bring for Oregon wine, the owners of local wineries are saying 'c'est la vie' and do not expect much of an impact. While some said it was short-sighted, at least from an agricultural standpoint, to pull out of the deal, which would have removed obstacles and duties on wines heading to important importers like Canada and Japan, they plan to forge on without it as they have been. "Oregon m
  • Why tempranillo is star grape of Spain

    This is one of those big-fish-in-a-big-pond situations. The pond is Spain, the place with more vineyard acreage than any other country on earth, and the fish is tempranillo, Spain's big red grape variety. It's actually not Spain's most widely planted wine grape; that honor belongs to the white grape variety airen. But as anglers and wine buffs know, big ponds often have more than one kind of big fish, and all big fishes are not equally rewarding to catch.
  • Tourism map leaves out Gisborne

    A Gisborne man has been left asking why this region has missed out “again” after the city, the East Coast and the entire eastern corner of the island were left off a wall map erected at a hostel at Christchurch Airport. During a sales trip to Christchurch, earlier this week, Wright’s Winery grower Geoff Wright saw a wall map, described as “at least 10 feet tall” in the shared common room of the Jucysnooze backpackers hostel. “Gisborne is a significant historic
  • Pinot Searches Hit All-Time High

    While France dominates the search numbers, interest in New World Pinot Noir is showing healthy growth. Interest in Pinot Noir is at an all-time high, according to a presentation made by Wine-Searcher's David Allen MW at the Pinot Noir NZ conference in Wellington, New Zealand, this month. In 2016, more than 13 million searches were made for wines produced from Pinot Noir on Wine-Searcher, from Richebourg to Santa Barbara to Central Otago. The vast majority of these searches – around 71 perc
  • London calling Women in Wine

    The Australian Women in Wine Awards will partner with Wine Australia to take the 2017 awards to a new ‘Women in Wine’ event set to be held in London in September. The advisory board of the Australian Women in Wine Awards (AWIWA) has confirmed the partnership will result in an exciting new direction for the awards this year. A tasting event at Australia House London will take place on Tuesday 26 September to demonstrate the quality and diversity of Australian wines made by female wine
  • JC winery to sell country's only hemp-infused wine

    During a trip to the Netherlands in the mid '90s, Binghamton resident James Castetter met a Dutchman in a cafe who talked about hemp-infused wine that he created. Interested in the idea, Castetter reproduced the same beverage when he came back home and sold it. Later, new laws would prohibit the sale of hemp-infused alcohol, creating a real buzzkill. Now, as views toward hemp have changed, his son, Kaelan Castetter, a student at Binghamton University, persuaded him to team up with him to run ano
  • Disaster zone for Swan Valley

    Swan Valley grape growers are continuing to count the cost of unseasonal wet weather. As water levels along the Swan River subsided yesterday, growers said the excess moisture could cause the fruit to split and rot, even in cases where crops had not gone under water. Sittella Wines senior winemaker Colby Quirk said they had tried to pick as much fruit as they could before the rain hit but had not been able to save any shiraz grapes. “We've got $100,000-$300,000 worth of fruit that can&rsqu
  • California Wine Exports Reach $1.62 Billion

    U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached $1.62 billion in winery revenues in 2016, a new record. Despite challenges from a strong dollar, winery revenues were up 1% from 2015. Volume was 412.7 million liters or 45.9 million cases. "California wine exports continue to reflect the trend toward premiumization with the dollar value of our wine sales outpacing volume shipments. California wines are well positioned for this trend—our vintners are offering quality, value, diverse styles an
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  • Searching for the new Australia

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  • Jack Rabbit Vineyard local bounty

    Jack Rabbit Vineyard is set to showcase the Bellarine’s rich and diverse bounty of fresh, local produce by hosting a very special event, The 10K Gourmet, a five course degustation complete with matched wines on Friday, April 7.The event forms part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Regional program for 2017. Every morsel of food - and every drop of wine - will be grown or crafted within 10km of Jack Rabbit Vineyard, located on the picturesque Bellarine.
  • Wine exports set record

    US exports of wine — the bulk of it from California — set a record in 2016 despite having to fight a strong dollar, subsidies and barriers in other countries and a tight water and labor supply at home, according to the Wine Institute. The $1.62 billion in foreign trade revenue for 2016 bested the previous year’s record of $1.49 billion by a slim margin through steadily strong sales in the top market, the European Union, and sharp growth increases in China and Britain.
  • What’s in a name?

    The old art of winemaking is drawing celebrities who want to add some prestige to their self-branding. Even Queen Elizabeth is getting involved, producing a new bubbly from southern England. One of the original and best-known celebrity winemakers is Francis Ford Coppola, idolised by many as the director of the Godfather film series. In 1975, he set up one of the now iconic estates in California, Rubicon, famed for their Cabernet Sauvignon production. Coppola’s bottles are highly sought aft
  • Top end wines defy extreme weather

    The top end wines from the 2017 vintage in the Hunter Valley in NSW and the Barossa Valley in South Australia are set to be good quality even though companies have had to contend with extreme weather conditions. Bruce Tyrrell, managing director of Tyrrell's Wines in the Hunter Valley, said he expected the 2017 breed of wines from the NSW region to be in the top tier of vintages when drinkers look back through history and compare them with previous years. "I think it will be in the top 20 per cen

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