Category Archives: Wine news

Revisiting the Indian wine market

In September 2010 I wrote about key features of the Indian wine market – bite-sized overview, looking at trade, production, consumption, marketing and opportunities for Australian wine producers. Such a complex market with huge potential deserves to be revisited, particularly … Continue reading

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Making good pinot is like reaching for the stars!

This interview is one that I will remember forever – talking to Australia’s 2011 Nobel physics prize winner about his passion for making pinot noir. Professor Brian Schmidt is not only highly accomplished and respected in his field of astronomy … Continue reading

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Meet the Australian flying Swedish-Italian winemaker in the hills!

On a clear sunny spring day I drove up into the Adelaide Hills to interview a very interesting man I had met a couple of weeks earlier at an artisan winemaker tasting in McLaren Vale, where he was presenting his … Continue reading

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#CabernetDay – the Adelaide contingent plays its part!

Wine and social media – that pairing again! Those following my blog will have read about #ChardonnayDay on 26 May 2011 – well 1 September was the second year for cabernet to take the stand. Rick Bakas, the wine and … Continue reading

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Proposal to cut minimum alcohol in ‘wine’

I became aware of the Winemakers’ Federation of Australia‘s (WFA) proposal to cut the minimum alcohol level in wine when I received a call from ABC radio to comment, in my standing as Visiting Research Fellow with the Wine Economics Research … Continue reading

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Oh rot! Diseases mar a bumper season in key winegrape-growing areas of Australia

Australia’s 2011 vintage will be one to cause grapegrowers and winemakers both extremes of emotions. With the exception of Western Australia which has had hot and dry conditions this vintage, there have been nation-wide unseasonably wet and cool conditions. Being … Continue reading

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A great pairing – wine and social media: California’s Rick Bakas tours Australia

Rick Bakas has just completed his two-week tour of four states in Australia, sharing his knowledge about wine and social media, with the title “Not in new media in 2011? Then not in business by 2016”. He is touted as … Continue reading

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South Australia’s first state cellar door wine festival!

  On 25 February 2011, the first ever state cellar door festival was launched in Adelaide. Over 100 wineries attended, each presenting their best wares. It stretched over three days – Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and the perfectly chosen venue was … Continue reading

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Pirramimma releases its super premium ACJ – it had better be good – and it is!

When a renowned family-owned winery releases only the second vintage of its super premium wine, named after its founder and pitched at a standard a notch above its already consistently good premium wine range – it had better be good! … Continue reading

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Private labels – back to Australia and back to wine

Introduction Welcome to the fifth and final article in the private label series for Wine2030, a forward-looking wine research network at the University of Adelaide. I have asked questions throughout this series and started to answer some of them – it … Continue reading

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