WCA Update: 17 June 2016
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WCA Update: 17 June  

WCA news

A final reminder that next Tuesday's free webinar will look at all things WET, which, as you'll see from our Industry News below, is very much a headline topic. We'll be getting into the the legal nitty gritty of how we got to where we are with the tax experts from Finlaysons Lawyers.  Register here by COB Monday. 

WCA's next event is the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners Lunch on Friday 29 July. Book here now so you don't miss out.

Industry news

With two big votes almost upon us (albeit on opposite sides of the world), there has been plenty of interest in how Australian wine may be affected by the results.

First up is the “Brexit” vote on whether the UK should leave the EU, and Wine Australia analyst Angelica Crabb wrote this piece for the Winetitles publications looking at the possible implications if it happens.
Then comes the Federal election, with speculation the Libs may reconsider some of their proposed changes to the WET if they win. The West Australian quoted Anne Rushton along those lines today, while earlier in the week the ABC reported Barnaby Joyce saying he’s willing to talk about things (as part of a story looking at new technologies to help wine grape and cotton producers).
There was a report this week that Australian wine consumption is up but overall alcohol consumption is down. Interestingly it was here on the UK website Harpers.

The latest quarterly Market Update from the UK Wine and Spirit Trade Association is here. It shows Australian wine performing well.

Events and milestones
Australia’s Wine & Viticulture Journal turned 30 this week with the release of its May-June issue.
Also celebrating is the NSW Small Winemakers Show, with entries now open for the 25th annual event. Entrants must be NSW or ACT wine producers crushing no more than 500 tonnes annually. Entries close 11 July. Website
For Victorian winemakers, entries are open for the 2016 VIC100 Wine Awards. Website
Vinomofo is trying its hand in NZ with an “online pop up event” that ends in a few hours from now. Story here.
Two digital services firms with wine interests, BlackSquare and Vintrace, will host a workshop on technology for the industry in the Yarra Valley on 7 July. Website

38 students graduated with an Introductory Sommelier Certificate and 12 became Certified Sommeliers after the recent Court of Master Sommeliers exams in Sydney. Media coverage here.
Sevenhill Cellars winemaker Brother John May was made a member of the Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday honours list. He spoke to the ABC here.

Online reading...
UK retail market for wine in 2015: The facts (The Drinks Business)

...and listening
It runs for more than an hour, but if you're up for that Vinography's latest I'll Drink To That segment is with Bruce Tyrrell. You'll find it here.

Next webinar
Tuesday 21 June

1-2pm (AEST)
Taxing times: what's happening with the WET?
Mathew Brittingham and Michael Butler, Finlaysons
Free to WCA members 


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