Monthly Archives: January 2010

Turning vine prunings into Biofuel

A Marlborough wine producer has successfully converted a tractor to run on a completely free, renewable biofuel – its own vine prunings. The New Zealand Wine Company, which produces the Grove Mill label, decided in early 2008 that the rising cost of diesel warranted a look at other options. It […]

Keep it real – no ice in wine

I am a fan of Windhoek beer and love their adverts encouraging people to keep it real.  Apart from avoiding air punching, fanciful cocktails and bright coloured G-strings, their promise is to keep their product natural and free from additives. I have noticed a swing in wine tourism of late, […]

South Africa wine sector sees World Cup boost

STELLENBOSCH (Reuters) – South Africa’s wine industry expects increased global sales in 2010, although a strong and volatile rand currency threatens its long-term prospects, a senior official said on Wednesday. The sector expects the 2010 soccer World Cup — which kicks off in South Africa on June 11 — to […]

International Wine News

Robinson: Here’s to Riesling and responsibilities (UK) Here’s what Jancis Robinson hopes for in 2010 in the “happy little puddle of life that is the world of wine”. Women change focus of winemaking in Argentina (Argentina) Susana Balbo is to Argentine wine what Martha Stewart is to homemaking and Oprah […]

Japanese wine forces grape snobs to think again

Justin McCurry in Tokyo,  A sommelier pours wine into the wine spa at the Hakone Yunessun spa resort in Kanagawa prefecture. Photograph: Toshifuma Kitamura/AFP/Getty Less than a decade ago, the mere mention of Japan would elicit puzzled looks, if not snorts of derision, from the global wine cognoscenti. The […]

Grape Contracts Terminated in Australia

AUSTRALIA’S biggest buyer of wine grapes has terminated its contracts with the last of its 300 Murray Valley growers. Constellation Wines Australia last week advised the dozens of growers that their contracts would end after the 2012 vintage. The company had previously given three years’ notice to more than 200 […]