Sky is no limit for high-altitude wine blend

An Australian winery has taken tailoring products to suit its target market to new heights.    By Andrew Spence / 6th of March, 2017 St Hallett Wines in South Australia’s Barossa Valley has released a Shiraz blend specifically designed to be sipped in the high-altitude cabins of passenger aircrafts. Plans are also in place to not only serve The Duo at altitude but to also … Continue reading Sky is no limit for high-altitude wine blend

Washington State reports record wine grape harvest in 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon is leading grape variety with 26-percent of total harvest SEATTLE (March 1, 2017) – Washington State’s wine grape harvest hit a new record in 2016, according to the Washington State Wine Commission’s Annual Grape Production Report. The report, compiled with information provided by all Washington State wineries, showed the 2016 harvest totaled 270,000 tons, a 22-percent increase over the previous year. Tonnage in 2015 was down … Continue reading Washington State reports record wine grape harvest in 2016

Give the Ultimate Gift this Holiday Season: A Weekend Pass to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience

All You’ll Really Want for Christmas is Food and Wine Looking for a unique, affordable and delicious gift idea this holiday? Give the gift of the ultimate Seattle culinary experience with tickets to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) weekend of events on February 24 – 26. The newly-expanded weekend features three events: POP! Bubbles & Seafood, Comfort (NEW) and the Grand Tasting. A … Continue reading Give the Ultimate Gift this Holiday Season: A Weekend Pass to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience

Wine industry leads way on solar uptake By Nick Carne

An aerial view of one of the three solar arrays Yalumba is installing in the Barossa Valley. DOZENS of wineries in Australia’s premier wine state are harnessing the sun’s power for purposes beyond growing grapes. South Australian wineries are embracing solar energy at twice the rate of other business sectors, installers say. Yalumba Wine Company in the Barossa Valley is just weeks away from completing … Continue reading Wine industry leads way on solar uptake By Nick Carne

Langhorne Creek Cabernet wins leading Australasian wine award by Andrew Spence

A CABERNET Sauvignon from Langhorne Creek in South Australia has topped a field of 10,000 wines from Australia and New Zealand to be named Winestate Wine of the Year 2016. The award, presented to Lake Breeze Wines for its Arthur’s Reserve Langhorne Creek Cabernet Petit Verdot Malbec 2012 yesterday in Adelaide, is the second time the South Australian winery has taken out the award after winning in … Continue reading Langhorne Creek Cabernet wins leading Australasian wine award by Andrew Spence

Powdery mildew app helps global vignerons manage grape expectations by Andrew Spence

A FREE mobile app to help vignerons and winemakers quickly assess grapes for powdery mildew in the field is being made available to growers globally. Developed in South Australia by the University of Adelaide in collaboration with industry and Wine Australia, the app was initially launched for use exclusively in Australia ahead of the 2016 vintage. PMapp has been downloaded more than 1000 times and … Continue reading Powdery mildew app helps global vignerons manage grape expectations by Andrew Spence

Filippo Trapella’s Pollo alla cacciatora

The flavors of Italy vary greatly. Each region places it’s own signature on the cuisine and these differences are influenced by many factors. Location, history, customs of other cultures, weather and of course seasonal foods. I am on a quest to discover Italy. The dish I have chosen today is Pollo alla cacciatora. A simple, traditional dish with a few nuances in nearly all regions of Italy. … Continue reading Filippo Trapella’s Pollo alla cacciatora

Bird’s-eye view of vine health by Andrew Spence

REMOTE sensors and aerial imagery are being used to maximize irrigation efficiencies in one of Australia’s most famous wine regions. The project in South Australia’s Coonawarra region aims to help viticulturists understand how remote-sensing technologies can rapidly identify canopy temperature, vine water stress and nutrient status issues. It used images taken by three cameras fitted to a fixed-wing Cessna aircraft as it flew about 300 … Continue reading Bird’s-eye view of vine health by Andrew Spence