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Hawkes Bay sparkles at awards

A Hawke’s Bay Syrah has won the New Zealand Wine of the Year™ Champion 2019 trophy, while a Hawke’s Bay winery has taken out the inaugural New Zealand Cellar Door of nzwine1119the Year Award. Trophies were announced at the New Zealand Wine Awards held in Blenheim.  
 The Villa Maria Cellar Selection Syrah Hawke’s Bay 2018 won the New Zealand Wine of the Year™ Champion trophy presented by O-I New Zealand, as well as taking out the Champion Syrah trophy. Villa Maria also scooped up the Champion Wine of Provenance 2019 trophy with their Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah, Hawke’s Bay 2006/2013/2018.  


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Bubbly bucks wine trend

Wine sales are falling in Ireland but drinkers are becoming increasingly likely to pop a celebratory bottle of a 'bubbly' according to to the latest industry research.


The Irish Wine Market report, released on Tuesday by the Drinks Ireland division of Ibec, shows the consumption of wine per capita across the State fell 3.6 per cent last year. The report also says overall wine consumption fell 2 per cent.
 The share of overall wine sales accounted for by sparkling varieties, however, rose by three-quarters. Wine had a 27 per cent share of the overall alcoholic drinks market, second only to beer, and generated €376 million in taxes.
 The report shows that Chilean wines remain, by far, the most popular in the Irish market, accounting for more than a quarter of all wine sales. Drinkers here consumedd about 29 million bottles of Chilean wine last year, or about six bottles for each man, woman and child in the State.
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