that when every other beer goes up in price this August, VB won’t be.” Mr Donaldson also confi rmed the small change in ABV would not affect the taste in any way. New South Wales premier Nathan Rees announced another initiative aimed at reducing alcohol related violence by suspending new licenses being issued in Oxford street, King’s Cross and Southern George Street, three strongholds of Sydney’s nightlife. “Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney, believes that parts of the city of Sydney local government area are at saturation point with regards to drinking venues and licenses and I accept that,” said Rees. The new legislation put an end to the push for small bars promoted by Clover Moore in 2007. Growers from the River Murray area were rushing to benefi t from the $57 million Government fund provided to buy the water rights of those wishing to 78 | drinks yearbook leave the industry. Max Baker from the Rural Financial Counselling Service said that the fall of grape prices, which for the 2010 vintage has been 20 to 30 per cent, has encouraged at least 20 growers to take advantage of the scheme. Foster’s acquired the legal rights to the name Rothbury even though it sold its winery there in 2006, causing many vignerons in the Hunter Valley to plan to trademark two subregions, Belford and Mount View. Geoff Krieger, president of the Hunter Valley Industry Association said: “We’re going down that path at the moment to trademark those names and we’ve initiated that course of action, so that’s all underway.” The full report of the Fortifi ed Sustainability Project was released, setting out a 12-month strategy to reposition fortifi ed wines in the market by linking them to modern food and wine experiences.
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