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I really do not care for Australian WIne

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suzywong Mon 22-Sep-08 15:24:51

there I said it

it's horrid

nothing beats European or New World


MrsMattie Mon 22-Sep-08 15:26:24

I thought Australian was New World? hmm

I like Aussie wine, actually. It's that nasty weak table wine they give you in Italian restaurants that makes me barf.

Mind you, i am no wine buff. I have been known to whack back warm Le Piat D'or when desperate enough.

LadyMuck Mon 22-Sep-08 15:27:19

Well what are you drinking? Tis a bit of a generalisation. And isn't Australian wine usually classified as New World?

Though have to say I usually head for New Zealand wine rather than Australian, but then I like sauvignon blanc and pinot noir which don't tend to thrive in the Australian heat.

brightongirldownunder Mon 22-Sep-08 15:28:56

I agree (sorry aussies) - so tonight went to the offie and bought a nice bottle of Rioja at twice the flippin price.

Drank the whole lot with sis and tried to go out to get more but DH forced me to drink fecking tea. Bastard.

suzywong Mon 22-Sep-08 15:29:06

yes I suppose it is but I mean south american by new world

I 'm drinking my way through the reds in all my local offies

it's all heavy like treacle and I don't like it
I've spent 4 years trying to find a good'un

fortunately my mate is a wine importer and owes me favour

brightongirldownunder Mon 22-Sep-08 15:30:07

Actually Wong, the other ladies are right you ninny. New World surely includes Aussie wine?

expatinscotland Mon 22-Sep-08 15:30:26

depends on what it is.

i pine for Californians, tbh, especially because in the West Coast of the US there's so much on offer from small vinyards and organic vinyards.

suzywong Mon 22-Sep-08 15:31:28

don't call me a ninny on my birthday
I can get down to the flightcentre first thing in the morning and be punching your lights out by teatime

brightongirldownunder Mon 22-Sep-08 15:32:11

I think they taste of alcoholic ribena, but I've only been here 8 months. Problem is I went to visit my parents in Bergerac a few weeks ago, before flying back and the wine there was flipping gorgeous.

Bubbaluv Mon 22-Sep-08 15:32:15

Try a Clare Valley resiling like Petaluma or a nice Tasmanian Pinot if you don't like big heavy reds. Of the Yerring Station Pinot is lovely too. Most of the stuff in the supermarkets here is not even sold in Aus and if it were we would cook with it.

brightongirldownunder Mon 22-Sep-08 15:33:51

Oy - I've been on the hard stuff - I've got a bit of Spanish in me now after that rioja -watch it.
Happy b'day again you old soak. wink

suzywong Mon 22-Sep-08 15:33:53

bubbaluv I LIVE in Australia
I'd kill for 5 minutes in a sainsbury's wine aisle

suzywong Mon 22-Sep-08 15:34:53

<breathes Cote du rhone on Brightongirl and envy at hanging out in Bergerac. Were you very tempted to make John Nettles jokes regularly?]

FioFio Mon 22-Sep-08 15:35:46

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BlingLovin Mon 22-Sep-08 15:37:04

<nerdy wine comment alert>

The reason Australian wines are "it's all heavy like treacle and I don't like it" is apparently because it's hotter. So must hotter countries' red wines are "bigger" than old world wines where it's a lot less hot, including SA, US and South America.

Try to find Australian wines from areas that are less hot (sorry - my wine nerdiness is complete at the random fact above so can't offer any suggestions off the top of my head) or buy New Zealand wines if you can which are more similar because it tends to be less hot.

suzywong Mon 22-Sep-08 15:38:17

oh, you're wag archna fiofio?

Bubbaluv Mon 22-Sep-08 15:39:01

Fair enough. What have you tried that you so disliked (just for example)?

Bubbaluv Mon 22-Sep-08 15:40:00

I was referring to only the Aussie stuff in the supermarkets here BTW - love the variety of Euro wines in Sainsburys - totally agree.

suzywong Mon 22-Sep-08 15:40:53

madfish ..... errrrrr .... they all blur in to one tbh, I like the pretty labels.

I really should go on a wine tasting course, I 'm a chef ffs and I know nothing about my local product.

I did have a NZ shiraz a couple of weeks ago on the recommendation of my wine merchant mate and it was indeed vair vair nice.

brightongirldownunder Mon 22-Sep-08 15:41:39

Mr Nettles was never out of my conversation, believe me.
Ahh the smell of Cote Du Rhone....

bran Mon 22-Sep-08 15:41:40

I have to admit that I never really found a wine that I loved from the Perth region but pre-ds we would usually include a few vinyard visits into our holiday in Australia and we found some great wines. There was a little town a few hours from Melbourne, the name escapes me now, that had several tiny vinyards with fantastic wines.

I'm not that keen on European wines, I'm a white wine drinker and I just find them either too sweet and full or too acidic. Although I've been drinking a lot of rose this year and my preferred ones are all French.

suzywong Mon 22-Sep-08 15:42:44

I tend to go for West Australian wines as that's where I am, and around the 15 - 20 buck mark but I just can't find one I like enough to get a case (oh the hardships of the middleclasses!) and the 14 year olds in the bottleshops know diddly squat so are no help.

I think you are right and NZ wines are worth looking in to

brightongirldownunder Mon 22-Sep-08 15:44:02

Actually I found a nice Pinot Gris on Sunday which we had with some fish. You like-a the vino blanco Wong me old mucker?

suzywong Mon 22-Sep-08 15:46:25

nah, mate
that's dingo piss

Bubbaluv Mon 22-Sep-08 15:47:05

Yep, if you like the NZ wines then avoid any Aussie wines of varieties that do best in hot climates (shiraz especially) as they will be Very, very heavy. Go for pinots as these grow best in cool climates and will be much lighter. Have you done a Margret River weekend? Good excuse for some research and it's pretty if nothing else!

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