WCA Update: 13 May 2016
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WCA Update: 13 May  

WCA news
You can register now for our next two events and, if you're quick, next Tuesday's webinar.

Adelaide hosts its second Great Debate on Tuesday 7 June, with wine writers, winemakers and student debaters arguing about whose palate really matters in the grand scheme of things. A three-course meal, drinks and a good laugh included. Book on our website here.

The Sydney Royal Wine Show Trophy Winners Lunch will be held on Friday 29 July. Tickets sell quickly so why not take the opportunity to book here now?

Good news
Australia this week won 815 medals, including 80 golds, at the International Wine Challenge in London, second only to France. Even the organisers called it a "formidable performance". Details, quotes and winners here.

Industry news
The NSW Wine Industry Association had its say on the proposed WET changes set out in the Federal Budget, applauding some but also expressing concerns. 

The South Australian Government this week announced a new Wine Industry Development Scheme worth $1.8 million a year. Unfortunately, it replaces the previous Cellar Door Liquor Subsidy Scheme that provided around $2.7 million, leaving the SA Wine Industry Association “confused and disappointed”. Media release here.

Wine Australia has revealed the 12 R&D projects it will invest $8.5 million in over the next four years.

But on the subject of wine and money, these two articles probably reflect where many people's interests lie
We asked Australia's best sommelier to find the nicest, cheapest goon (Vice)

Best cheap wine: yes, it exists and we've named 8 of them (Huffingon Post)

A local Ararat businessman has offered to lease the historic Seppelt's winery at Great Western just months before the cellar door was due to close. ABC report here.

Meanwhile, TWE has announced that it will release the Blossom Hill brand, which is one of the biggest sellers in the UK, in Australia from Monday. More details here

McWilliam's has restored the grave of the legendary Maurice O’Shea to mark the 60th anniversary of his death.

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
Here are some bits and pieces that tweaked our interest:
UK on-trade key to Aussie premium push (The Drinks Business)
The return of Champagne Jayne (The Drinks Business)
Ex-Aussie Prime Minister's wine spending spree (Wine Searcher)

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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