– Victoria (Australia) is planning to capitalise on China’s growing lust for alcohol with a A$200,000 contribution from the Victorian taxpayers and A$400,000 from Australian exporters to sponsor 4 30-minute episodes of The Wine Tour on China’s main TV channels.
– The rulebooks are to be changed in the vineyards of the most expensive Burgundy wine makers to make grape-picking by hand compulsory. The voluntary pact is in an attempt to hold on to the region’s age old tradition and ‘shame’ the 2% of wine makers that use machines.
– Hyatt has decided to eliminate the free beer and wine provided at the nightly manager’s reception at their extended stay hotels.
– The Age releases a Good Food Guide 2012 app for the iphone.