Jim Barry and the power of VETO

There’s a changing of the guard going on at Jim Barry Wines with two sons – Tom and Sam – taking the reins while current managing director Peter Barry is re-working his job description. “I’ll never retire,” Peter said. “I enjoy the winery my parents created, the wines and the vineyards – I can’t imagine living anywhere else other than the Clare Valley. “But there are also some rewards in taking a senior role – it’s a bit less hands on and you can take a bigger picture view,” Peter said.

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Clare vs Eden Valley Riesling – game on!

The Wine & Viticulture Journal is pitting Clare Valley Rieslings against their Eden Valley counterparts for its next blind tasting. This will be only the second tasting the Journal has held comparing wines from different regions following its 2011 taste-off of Grenache from Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Producers from these regions have until close of business next Tuesday (11 August) to contact editor Sonya Logan expressing their interest in submitting a wine to the tasting (s.logan@winetitles.com.au).

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The wine industry gives farmers a taste of what to expect from climate change

Wine, as we have seen once again this week, seems to be a handy way to galvanise concerns about the future ill-effects of climate change. It’s perhaps telling that the prospect of losing a favourite tipple attracts media coverage so readily, when the bigger issue is surely about securing food for the billions who rely on subsistence farming. Those concerns aside, viticulture delivers important messages about a changing climate, for several reasons. High-quality wine is extraordinarily sensitive to the vagaries of the weather.

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French drop tradition for private wine storage, says cellar owner

It has been a widely held view in the wine trade that most French collectors would rather keep their fine wines close at hand than pay for professional storage – unlike many of their counterparts in the UK. One of the most extreme examples is Michel-Jack Chasseuil, whose 40,000 bottle cellar built within his own home contains a treasure trove of French wine. But, a new generation of private cellar operators say higher fine wine prices and the physical confines of urban living mean more French people are considering professional wine storage.

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Wine exports healthy as value rises

We might be drinking a little less, but we’re drinking better quality, according to the latest export figures. French, Italian and Spanish wines continued to perform well on the export market, as the global thirst for wine remains seemingly unquenched. Figures released this week by Dutch agri-bank Rabobank showed that while volumes for French and Italian wines dipped slightly in the first quarter of the year, value was most definitely up.

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Wine trade group, wineries sue over Illinois shipping

The Wine Institute and three Napa County wineries have filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Revenue and Attorney General’s Office over a dispute on whether they should have charged tax on shipping fees for online purchases into the state. The trade group for California wineries and Chimney Rock Winery, the Miner Family Winery and Staglin Family Vineyard filed suit in Illinois state court in response to hundreds of Illinois False Claims Act complaints that have been brought by attorney Stephen Diamond. Diamond has been acting on behalf of the state.

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