Archive for August, 2010

Good news! Awards for grapevine and berry research papers, Wine2030

Steve Tyerman’s group has won the Best Paper Award from the journal Functional Plant Biology for the second year running in grapevine research. The first award was in 2008 for the paper by Joanne Tilbrook and Steve Tyerman (2008) Cell death in grape berries: varietal differences linked to xylem pressure and berry weight loss. Functional Plant Biology 35: 173-184. 

The second award was for the paper by Megan Shelden, Susan Howitt, Brent Kaiser and Steve Tyerman (2009) Identification and functional characterisation of aquaporins in the grapevineVitis vinifera. Functional Plant Biology 36: 1065-1078.  

Steve’s group has also provided the front cover for the latest edition of the Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research in which they have published the paper Sigfredo Fuentes, Wendy Sullivan, Joanne Tilbrook, and Steve Tyerman (2010) A novel analysis of grapevine berry tissue demonstrates a variety-dependent correlation between tissue vitality and berry shrivel. Australian Journal of Grape and Wine Research 16: 327-336.


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Yalumba’s Louisa Rose talks about winemaking

Listen to the podcast of Louisa Rose from Yalumba speaking about Winemaking – a continuum between Art and Science? at the Inaugural A.R. Hickinbotham Lecture.

This lecture was organised by the Waite Research Institute.

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Professor Pascale Quester – “wine as a social bond”

Listen to a podcast of Professor Pascale Quester (Executive Dean, Faculty of the Professions) at the Wine as a Social Bond event held at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide.

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Pascale is an acknowledged international authority in the area of consumer buying behaviour, with several noteworthy publications specific to the drivers of wine purchasing. She has also been involved in a number of studies related to consumer brand communities and associated ethnographic studies. She will be providing insight into how such brand ‘sub-cultures’ can be operationalised to further enhance brand commitment and loyalty and associated purchasing behaviours. This will be discussed in the context of the new ‘world’ of virtual communities and online forums of ‘consumer to consumer’ product information exchange.

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Do consumers have a home bias for wine? AAWE working paper #65

“Why is there a home bias? A case study of wine” is the title of the AAWE July 2010 working paper #65

Using wine sales data for red wine in the US state of New Hampshire over a one-year period, the authors set out to find the contribution of consumer preferences to home bias – the observed preference for wine from their home country.

Their findings suggest that the preference for domestically produced wines is linked both to consumer preferences and to trade costs.  

Authors: Richard Friberg, Robert W. Paterson and Andrew D. Richardson

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Facebook membership passes 500 million

There are now more than 500 million Facebook members with the latest 100 million joining within the last five months.  As recently as January 2009 there were just 150 million members. More than 30 billion items are shared each month between users, including news stories, photos, and web links. Facebook is a massive and global phenomenon with 70 per cent of users outside the US.

See this article in the online Daily Telegraph

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Andrew Jefford: Has Australia’s wine surge stalled?

Andrew Jefford asks – has Australia’s wine surge stalled?

In this article for the Financial Times Andrew Jefford asks if the unparalleled export success of the Australian wine industry over the past two decades has reach its pinnacle. How did Australia manage this incredible success and what has caused it to stall? Jefford believes that it is not only the strong dollar or the novelty of the humorous and direct approach wearing off that is the cause. He looks at the impact of Australia’s approach to winemaking. While Australia’s success provided lessons for other exporters, particularly from Europe, could it now be that the pendulum is swinging back and Australians must reflect on their approach and learn from others?

Jefford was the Wine Writer in Residence at the University of Adelaide until April 2010. In this article he reflects on his 15 months in Australia and his reflections on the various issues in the Australian wine debate.

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