Tuesday, March 15, 2005

The Best Wine Value In The World
They call Australia "the lucky country". There are a number of reasons for this. Tom Wark of the wine blog FERMENTATIONS has discovered one. Australian fortified wines! If you are an Australian over 55-60 years of age you know about these wines because they were what your parents and grandparents drank when you were a kid. OK, maybe Grandma drank mostly cheap cream sherry, but muscats, tawny ports and tokays have been part of the Australia wine scene for many, many years. Today some of the old names still exist, but more importantly not so old names, like Dutschke, try to continue the tradition. These are not easy wines to make. Base material must be established and added to over a period of years. But still only small amounts of wine are bottled each year. If you find some, especially Muscat, from names like Buller, Chambers, Dutschke, Morris, Seppelt, Yalumba , then buy a bottle. When you get it home pour a small glass, take a seat in nice big comfortable chair and swirl, sniff and sip your way to the lucky country. Pair it with some walnuts and dark chocolate.

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