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WCA Update: 6 May 2016
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WCA Update: 6 May  

WCA news
Our SA team is finalising details for a Great Debate in Adelaide on Tuesday 7 June. A great topic (The winemaker's palate is more important than the wine drinker's), a top panel and a good night assured. Mark it in your diary now. Bookings via our website open Monday.

You can book here and now for our prestigious Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners Lunch on Friday 29 July and  here for our next webinar on Tuesday 17 May looking at new research on Chinese wine consumers.

Industry news
The Budget was the main game in town this week, with mixed reviews from the industry on changes to the WET. The official joint response from WFA and WGGA, including links to detailed summaries, is here.

These media reports give a pretty good overview.
Tax changes to stop the flood of cheap wine (News)
Federal budget reveals suite of changes for winemakers (ABC)

A survey by the Fabulous Ladies Wine Society has revealed what it calls the damning state of gender equality in the wine industry. Media release here.

The UK is now the world’s second largest importer of wine by volume behind Germany, and the second largest by value, behind only the US, according to the inaugural Wine Report released by Wine and Spirit Trade Association this week. That means Britain imports more wine per head than any other of the world’s top markets.
 
Nielsen has released a video of a webinar looking at the US retail market and consumer trends. Thanks to Wine Australia for letting us know.


People
Matthew Jukes named Jim Barry Wines his Winery of the Year when he launched the latest edition of his 100 Best Australian Wines in London this week. 
 
Wine writer and broadcaster Oz Clarke is to become the first person from the UK to be inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame.


Nice obit on writer, winemaker and restaurateur Frank Margan in the SMH here. And Max Allen wrote a great profile on Steve Pannell last weekend.

Events
Entries have opened for the Royal Hobart International Wine Show, which will run from 14-18 November. The rules have been tweaked this year to encourage more smaller wineries to get involved. All the details are here.

It's Aussie Wine Month. All the details are here.

Online reading
A quiet week but here are a couple of other articles we found online.
Aussie Chardonnay ‘becoming too lean’ (Drinks Business)
Red wine and coffee are good for your guts, study finds (Wine Spectator)

 
Next webinar
Tuesday 17 May

1-2pm (AEST)
Understanding the Chinese consumer
Dr Armando Corsi (UniSA) and industry panel
Free to all 
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