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Robots are taking over the vineyard

TED the robotic weeder was recenlty trialled at Château Clerc Milon
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Château Clerc Milon, has tested a new robotic weeder known as TED, developed by Naio Technologies. The robot has been designed to weed the vines. For some organic producers mechanical weeding is one way of minimising chemicals in the soil. It can be done by hand or by tractor. The TED robot is an automomous robot that straddles over the vine, weeding both sides at the same time. It is GPS guided but uses a camera and laser to assist. Being battery powered it has 8 to 10 hours a day. At a sedate 4km/hr it can cover 5 to 6 hectares per day, mechanical weeding, mowing and thinning.

We are about to get a plethora of single activity robots that can work autonomously. Many of these robots are adding self-guided controls to activities that where historically done by an operator and a tractor. As things evolve the autonomous tractors will be able to do more and more.

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Bubble size, now they can measure it with a microphone

If Champagne bubble size is important to you, and for some it is, then you will be relieved to know that the bubbles hum as they are formed, telling the listener how big they are.
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If Champagne bubble size is important to you, and for some it is. Then you will be relieved to know that the bubbles hum as they are formed, telling the listener how big they are.

Each bubble vibrates before finally bouncing off the side of the glass and rising. The bigger the bubbles the lower the note, that’s according to Kyle Spratt from the Applied Research Laboratories at the University of Texas at Austin. By listening to these bubbles it is possible to measure the bubble size. Comparing a Californian Brut to Moët & Chandon Imperial Champagne showed there was a 5% reduction in bubble size in the Champagne and the Champagne bubbles were also more active.

Of course you'll need to stick a microphone into your fizz to test the theory.

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Australia has overtaken France in China

For years the French have dominated China, but in 2017 Australia has now become Chins, main wine supplier.
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For years the French have dominated China, but in 2017 Australia has now become China's main wine supplier.

The increase in total sales to China from Australia reached US$ 69.6 million, while French imports totalled US$63.76 million. While lower in value, the volume of the cheaper French wine is still 12.8 million litres, significantly more than the more premium Australian wine at 8.4 million bottles. The gain in sales has been attributed to the cut in tariff which is currently 5.6% down from 14% when a free trade agreement was signed. The tariff will drop to 2.8% from the 1st January 2018 and vanish entirely in 2019

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Europe is creating the first inter-country wine PDO Maasvallei Limburg

Europe is creating the first PDO Maasvallei Limburg, that spans two countries, the Netherlands and Belgium.
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Europe is creating the first inter country wine PDO Maasvallei Limburg. The appellation type wine region will span both Netherlands and Belgium. This is a marked change for Europe who in the past has created wine regions that are within a single country. The move is suppose to show that the wine region represents the soils and climate and not the national boundaries. This is the first time that a PDO has spanned such multiple nations. Historically, regions such as Tokaji, which was made over multiple countries, Hungary and Slovakia, had been split to honour county boundaries.
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Wine sales fuelled by fizz and low/no alcohol white wine.

Wine is set to continue growth in UK due to a boost from sparkling wines, white and low/no alcohol wines.
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Wine sales in the UK are set to continue to grow, thanks to a boost from sparkling, white and low/no alcohol wines.

According to a future trends report from IRI, wine sales growth in 2017 is set to continue thanks mainly to the UK's on-going love affair with Prosecco and a continued growth in low and zero alcohol wines as more UK consumers embrace the teetotal trend.

Lighter styles such as fresh, light whites are also more in favour, while Champagne, red wine and rose wine are expected to decline.
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The Wine Show Season 2 will feature Jancis Robinson

The successful TV program The Wine show is set to return to the UK in January 2018. This time the group will be in the South of France, with Jancis Robinson appearing.
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The successful TV program The Wine show is set to return to the UK in January 2018. This time the group will be in the South of France, with Jancie Robinson, one of the UK top wine critics assisting. The show will again feature Matthew Goode, with the addition of his new second-in-command, actor James Purefoy. Matthew and James play the role of wine novices with Joe Fattorini helping them uncover the world of wine. Jancis Robinson will be passing judgment on the wines brought back by the team and deciding which wines go into the Show's wine case.

The show has blends the traditional wine show where you learn about wine and leveraged its popularity to sell wine to the public. Think wine show meets QVC’s shopping channel, but with one of the UK’s most respected wine critics, Jancis Robinson, deciding which wines are good enough to make it into their mixed case. You can enjoy the wines at home while watching an episode.

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