WCA Update: 10 June
WCA's Great Debate returned to Adelaide in style on Tuesday with wine writer Tony Love, winemaker Stu Bourne and university debater Henry Materne-Smith convincing the crowd that the winemaker's palate is not more important that the wine consumer's. Great fun. Our next event is the KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners Lunch on Friday 29 July. You can book here.
And don't forget our next webinar on Tuesday 21 June, when the tax experts from Finlaysons will look at what's happening with the WET. Register here.
You can’t keep Tasmania out of the news at the moment. This week alone the State Government announced it would fund a project aimed at targeting ways to reduce yield variability, Wine Tasmania unveiled a new a $10,000 fellowship to support sustainable winemaking, and ABC’s Landline ran a 20-minute TV report on how winemakers are racing to the Apple Isle.
Wine Australia has appointed Aaron Ridgway, the former National Sales Manager at Negociants USA, as its new Head of Market for the Americas, based in San Francisco. He starts on 18 July.
Yalumba and Pernod Ricard are in court arguing over using the word ‘signature’ on wine labels. There’s a media report here.
A 22-year-old Tyrrell’s Hunter Valley Semillon has been declared an international Legend of Wine by Decanter magazine, taking its place alongside the likes of Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Lafite and five Aussie reds. Local news report here. Decanter listing here.
If you want a couple of longer reads for this long weekend, financing body Efic has released its June Export Monitor looking at what China’s economic rebalancing means for Australian exporters (here) and marketing group Sensis has released its annual report on social media trends in Australia (here).
Wine and food festivals are still pulling crowds with 27,000 people expected to attend the 24th McLaren Vale Sea and Vines festival this long weekend and up to 14,000 to participate in the Rutherglen Winery Walkabout (Sunday’s events are already sold out). A record crowd attended last weekend’s 4th annual Hunter Valley Wine Festival.
Here are a few bits and pieces that took our fancy.
Australia’s Mediterranean varieties driving next cycle of interest in UK (Harpers)
Are fruit infused wines the next big thing? (National Liquor News / The Shout)
The climate is ripe for some workable wine policy (Philip White in InDaily)
Larger wine glasses lead to drinking more, according to study (Huffingon Post)
Forbidden fruit: wine and celebrities (Wine Searcher)
Wine Australia – Where have all the critters gone? (Wine Align, Canada) 3 linked articles