WCA Update: 26 February 2016
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WCA Update: 26 February  

WCA news
Registrations are now open for our next free member webinar on Tuesday 15 March. Trish Barry, one of our most popular presenters, will look at the continuing power and value of email marketing. Use the links at right to register or get more information. 

Industry news
Paul Evans today resigned as CEO of the Winemakers' Federation of Australia, after not quite three years in the job, to take up a corporate position in Melbourne. A WFA statement is here.

Australian Vintage this week announced net profit after tax of $3.6 million for the six months to 31 December 2015.

TWE, which reported earnings growth from all of its key regions in the first half of 2015/16,  is preparing for next Thursday's launch of the Wolf Blass 2016 Luxury Collection to mark the 40th anniversary of its  Black Label.

The impact of climate change on the wine industry continues to make headlines. Australian consultant Richard Smart (a WCA 2015 award winner ) wrote a long article in The Drinks Business this week. Read it here.

Oatley Fine Wine Merchants will distribute the NZ Giesen portfolio in the Australian independent retail and on-premise markets from April.
US wine legend Peter Mondavi Snr, who led the Charles Krug Winery in the Napa Valley for more than 50 years, died at the weekend aged 101.

Wine Australia bravely organised a competition in London this week to see if Master Sommeliers or Masters of Wine are better at food and wine matching. Read more  here.

Registrations have opened for the 2016 Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory and Certified accreditation courses in Sydney and Melbourne in June. Further information on the CMS website here

Online reading
Here are a few interesting articles we found online

Australia - in vogue again (Jancis Robinson)
How to get the best out of your cellar door visit (Adelaide Now)
Rosé expected to outsell white wine in Australia in next decade, expert says (Huffington Post) 
How Millennials (almost) killed the wine cork (The Atlantic)

Next webinar
Tuesday 15 March,
1-2pm (AEDT)

Using email to drive direct sales and improve communication
Presented by Trish Barry, Mastermind Consulting
Free to all WCA members


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