WCA Update: 4 March 2016
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WCA Update: 4 March  

WCA news
A reminder that our next webinar is Tuesday week, 15 March. Registrations are strong which is no surprise; Trish Barry from Mastermind Consulting always runs really informative sessions. It will be free for members and $55 for others. If you've thought of introducing a friend to our webinar program, this may be a good one to start with.

Industry news
More Australians drank wine than beer last year, with women leading the way. According to Roy Morgan Research, 49% of all adult females drank wine of some kind at some time in any given four weeks, compared with 41% of men. Read more here.

Aldi this week announced it will close its struggling online liquor outlet ( from 24 March. In-store sales of often very cheap alcohol will continue.
TWE chief executive Michael Clarke has been given a pay rise just shy of 30% (to $2.2m) for overseeing a "significant turnaround" in the company's fortunes.

South Australian regions are reporting higher yields than in recent years, with close to 750,000 tonnes expected to be picked. There are positive noises about quality, too.
A Chliean wine called Bicicleta (made by Cono Sur) has been named an official sponsor of the Tour de France in the stages outside France, prompting French winemakers to threaten to block the event. 

The final deadline for KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show entries is next Thursday - 10 March. No exceptions, we’re told! Information 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

Worth watching
Wine & Spirits Magazine has a 9-minute documentary here on ancient Grenache vines in the Barossa. 

Online reading
Here are a few interesting articles we found online

Organic and biodynamic wine claims questioned (Good Food)
Winemakers go out on a limb to support controversial causes (The Australian)
How Vinomofo became one of the coolest Australian companies to work for (Huffington Post)
Is the blend dead, or is it the future? (Jeni Port in Wine Companion)

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Tuesday 15 March,
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