Celebrating Australian Wines

Fun facts about the land of vines Down Under


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Celebrating Australian Wines Why would you celebrate Australia Day? Well, for starters, it’s today, and if you’re quick you can still enter into our Australian Vacation Giveaway to win a 10-day epicurean adventure! Who says Aussies don’t celebrate lunch? But of course, there is much to celebrate this Australia Day. From wine to vine, let’s give three cheers for all that Australia has given us, in a top 6 countdown of vinous treasures and fun facts.

And on a more serious note, take a moment today to remember the victims of the devastating floods that have recently affected Queensland. It may be difficult to find wine from Queensland in your local market, but buying a bottle of Australia’s finest can help to make a difference. To help directly, consider donating to the Queensland Government's Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

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  • We commend Gregory Dal Paiz's recognition of Australian wine. Amongst the 35,000 wines whose ratings and medals that we track at volunteer-run http://www.WineBestBuys.com, Australian wine stands out as the overall best bargain. Statistically, only about 10% of all wines are worth buying on average, but about 15% of Australian wines (particularly their Shiraz) are Best Buys based on their quality to price ratio.

    Jan 26, 2011 at 1:20 PM

  • Having just moved to CA I was trying to order my favorite Australian wine; McGuigan, online. Is there a valid reason why the websites can not ship to CA?

    Jan 26, 2011 at 3:48 PM

  • Snooth User: zinfandel1
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    how come there isn't much, if anything, Margret River wines on the East Coast? Namely Ct., R.I., Ma., and N.H.
    They produce superior wines, especialy there Chardonnay.

    Jan 26, 2011 at 4:53 PM

  • Snooth User: rwor
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    The best Margaret River wines are in very short supply. They are not big producers in general.
    It's almost impossible to get the very best wines 6 months after release even in Australia.
    Cullens make a total of 20,000 cases (2009) - Decanter Worlds Best Chardonnay 2010
    Leeuwin Est make 60,000 cases (2009) - One of my favourite Chardys.

    Jan 26, 2011 at 6:35 PM

  • Snooth User: sage56
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    Thanks for the support Greg. Lots of brilliant wine down here. Really great small boutique producers making small volumes in the 100's of cases which can regularly stand up with the best in the world.

    Jan 26, 2011 at 7:37 PM

  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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    Hey Guys Love you wines. It's a world of diversity!

    Hope everybody's Australia Day was a blast.

    Hope to celebrate it with you some day!

    Jan 26, 2011 at 8:18 PM

  • Snooth User: Stephen Harvey
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    Great article Greg

    Sadly I had to work on my National Day!

    Unfortunately it is an occupational hazard due lto lots of overseas reporting deadlines [including US companies who have 31 Dec year ends]

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:02 AM

  • Snooth User: McMon30
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    Hi Greg. A big thankyou for raising the needy in the flooded area of Queensland. Add the continuing troubles with flooding as the waters go down the Murray River in Victoria. Many other areas in Victoria and NSW had a dose also.
    Suggest those with difficulties in obtaining their favourite wines email the producers direct and see what avenues they are using to supply USA with their wine.
    Add Rutherglen Wines to your list - especially the fortified varieties.

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:46 AM

  • Snooth User: McMon30
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    ps If you can get PIERO Chardonnay try that - it is also from Margaret River.
    I think it is up with worlds best

    Jan 27, 2011 at 12:50 AM

  • Snooth User: McMon30
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    Having reread all the material and comments I add this:
    Because of the diversity even with the areas indicated I would list Margaret River at the top followed by central Victoria/Rutherglen next Coonawarra and Barossa with Eden Valley sitting in the top 3 (Henscke Hill of Grace being one of Australias best). Tasmanian Sparkling is one of the best around as are a couple in central Victoria. In Coonawarra and more west to Padthaway you have many top wineries from Barossa growing grapes to add to their mix and are blending better wines because of this.
    It is great fun tasting your way around good old Aus. The latest area to take most of the medals is actually QUEENSLAND. So keep on tasting and you will find many great delights. I have.

    Jan 27, 2011 at 1:10 AM

  • Snooth User: sage56
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    From the west, Peel Estate Wood Matured Chenin Blanc. Much admired for a long time at our house. Narkoojee Pinot and Chardonnay, and Nicholson River Chard, all from Gippsland in eastern Vic. We are so lucky...

    Jan 27, 2011 at 5:34 PM

  • Wine Wisdom for 1/27/11
    Old Vines means nothing, same with Reserve (outside of WA) and Special selection....this is incorrect check our Old Vine Charter and Reserve Charter at Yalumba.
    Special selection well thats a lottery!

    Read more: http://www.snooth.com/articles/wine...

    Jan 27, 2011 at 5:35 PM

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