Don't judge a bottle by its label

They say you should never judge a book by its cover. Over the many years I have spent in the wine industry, I have also told myself not to judge a wine by its packaging. Yet I still find myself jumping to conclusions even before I get that first sip into my mouth! So much has changed in the wine world in such a short time. At this point, I feel it may be necessary to back up a little and let go of many preconceived notions.

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Much ado about wine appellations

One of the trends in the wine world, especially in the New World, is to stress the place where the wine comes from. I don’t mean big places, like Australia, California, Chile and Ontario, but the more precise places of origin. Take today’s four wines. They’re from New Zealand, Ontario, Spain, and South Africa. But the places of origin (appellations) on each bottle are, in turn, Marlborough, Twenty Mile Bench, Catalunya, and Swartland. Of these, Marlborough might be familiar, as it’s the source of so many Sauvignon Blancs and Pinot Noirs.

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Valley grapevines disappear as imports flood market for low-priced wine

SACRAMENTO — Faced with stagnant sales of low-priced wine and a glut of overseas competitors, grape growers in the San Joaquin Valley are ripping out their vines and replacing them with more profitable crops such as almonds. The attrition of vineyards was highlighted in Wednesday’s State of the Industry briefing at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, the annual trade show and convention for the state’s wine industry. The presentation by Bay Area wine consultant Jon Fredrikson drew a standing-room-only crowd of more than 1,500 to the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency hotel across from the state Capitol.

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UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to visit NZ

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will visit New Zealand next week to hold trade talks and discuss New Zealand’s upcoming role on the United Nations Security Council. Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the visit, saying New Zealand and Britain had an “excellent relationship”. Talks would centre on the two countries’ political, defence and trade ties, he said. “The UK is New Zealand’s fifth-largest trading partner and a key market for New Zealand lamb, fruit, and wine,” McCully said.

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Pinot Noir event returns to Wellington

New Zealand Winegrowers have announced ‘Pinot Noir New Zealand’ will return over three days in 2017. Described as “the best Pinot Noir event on the planet”, the event will be held at the Wellington waterfront, commencing on January 31 2017. Attracting media, trade and enthusiasts of Pinot Noir from all corners of the globe, Ben Glover, Chairman of Pinot Noir NZ 2017 said that the event brings in some of the greatest international minds on the subject of Pinot Noir.

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