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post #21 of 40 (permalink) Old 11-29-2012, 12:24 AM
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Maybe in 1965 it was, no one has drank fosters since at least the 80's that i know of excpet the poms that now have it on tap at 95% of pubs you go in - suckers.
That's for the 400,000 expat Australians that live in Britain.
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I just opened a bottle of Bushranger Chardonnay (2009), a Mudgee Australia wine I bought on Boldor's recommendation. It was quite nice, and reminded me of several Vouvrays in taste and aroma I have enjoyed in the past. Thanks for the recommendation!

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My wife likes and collects all smells like vinegar to me...

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Any Australian wine drinkers?

Ok, so do you mean:

1. Anyone who drinks wine made in Australia?
2. Anyone from Australia who drinks wine?
3. Anyone from Australia who drinks wine made in Australia?
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I can no longer drink, due to a crook Liver. But I was not only a big wine aficionado, I've also worked in vineyards & wineries in SA's Clare Valley, which is famous for it's Rieslings. The winery I worked for was called Leasinghams, they made many award winning wines, with their Bin 7 Riesling a stand out.
The best reds come from the Coonawarra district of SA. This has a rich red soil, over a limestone base, near the coast, with exceptionally cold Winters & long hot Summers, which is perfect for reds.
Most of the swill, that goes straight to casks, comes from the Murray River, in Vic & SA. Though all regions make some contribution to that great lake.
Victoria & Tasmania make the best sparkling wines. & WA's Margaret River region also produces many fine wines, as does the Hunter in NSW (as Bo already mentioned)
There aren't many wines produced in Qld, mainly from Stanthorpe on the Granite Belt, where it's cold enough for grapes. They're not bad wines, but not in the same league as the southern drops.
Australia's most famous wine is Penfold's Grange Hermitage, which is a Barossa Valey Shiraz. It starts at around $600 per bottle, & can exceed $50K a bottle for the rare vintages! I've never tried it, but would definitely do so given the chance. Bugger the Liver!
The rarest drop I've ever drunk was a 100 year old bottle of Port, which was unearthed during a clean out of a wine cellar at the winery I was at. Management put on a big feast for the workers, to celebrate our Riesling winning another gold medal, & they gave everyone a taste of the port, along with lashings of the award winning white. It was like liquid silk that a lit a fire in your soul. & that's another thing the Liver would have to cope with, should I ever be fortunate enough to run across a drop that rare.

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California wines have gotten so expensive (especially Napa Valley wines) that even in California one can get equal or better wines from Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Oregon and Washington State at lower cost.

I checked on line at our two largest wine shops nearby and neither of them carries Leasinghams, unfortunately. I have had some Penfolds wines, but never any that cost anywhere near $600. The most expensive wine I have had is probably a Dom Perignon champagne at a special family occasion.

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My local valley, the Hunter, is probably the bottom of the barrel - like the pun? Good plonk is produced in each of our valleys, including the Hunter, but the Hunter is the most humid and it would have the most average, average - if you get my drift.

Glad you enjoyed the Mudgee drop Lee.

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I see a lot of different wine via a client who puts out an Aussie wine mag for the US & European markets. If you like I'll keep posting reviews of stuff we consume.

Recent goodies include a bottle of 2010 Associates Squid Ink Shiraz from McLaren Vale just south of here. Absolutely primo. $50 a bottle.
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Not to boast but I have a wine cellar under the house that is the size of a single car garage (one door and no windows). I don't store Fosters in there either.

My fav at the moment is Colonial Eastate Exile Shiraz

I currently have about 30-35 dozen bottles downstairs of various wine and vintages !!


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Steven, I'm envious.

When my folks lived in New York we had a dedicated wine room in the cellar. My house in California is built on a slab, and real basements are a rarity in California. Building a real climate controlled wine room is something I would like to do (if I could afford one). I currently have the equivalent of about 5 cases stored in my dining room. I have a wine fridge that holds about 14 bottles.

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