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(CNN)   Australia's biggest winery to pour $30 million worth of wine down the drain because Americans just aren't drinking enough of the cheap stuff. Farkers: Challenge Accepted   ( divider line
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2013-07-16 11:41:13 AM  
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It's true!  Americans just don't appreciate a good Australian wine.

  A lot of people in this country pooh-pooh Australian table wines. This is a pity as many fine Australian wines appeal not only to the Australian palate but also to the cognoscenti of United States.

 For example,Black Stump Bordeaux is rightly praised as a peppermint flavoured Burgundy, whilst a good Sydney Syrup can rank with any of the world's best sugary wines.Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is Perth Pink. This is a bottle with a message in, and the message is 'beware'. This is not a wine for drinking, this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.

Another good fighting wine is Melbourne Old-and-Yellow, which is particularly heavy and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat.Quite the reverse is true of Château Chunder, which is an appellation contrôlée, specially grown for those keen on regurgitation; a fine wine which really opens up the sluices at both ends.Real emetic fans will also go for a Hobart Muddy, and a prize winning Cuivre Reserve Château Bottled Nuit San Wogga Wogga, which has a bouquet like an aborigine's armpit.
2013-07-16 06:15:49 PM  
1 vote:

Lunchlady: Had an Australian girl in Vienna tell me over wine that she tried a California wine once that even though she thought all American booze was shiat it was "quite good." Then followed up with "I didn't even know they made wine in California!"

Not sure if you've heard this, but America was founded by people who were smart enough to get out of England, while Australia was founded by those who were thrown out!
2013-07-16 05:58:34 PM  
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FrancoFile: Smeggy Smurf: Pour it out?  POUR IT OUT?  At least distill it into brandy

Probably doesn't have enough acidity to turn into decent brandy.  They don't list the varieties involved, but I'm suspecting low-tier Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, etc. - which are all made for a female palate that wants sugar and no detectable acidity, plus lower alcohol.

Not to mention that these have all been bottled.  Are you gonna pay somebody to unglue the cases and twist off the screwcaps for umpty-hundred-thousand bottles of over-the-hill wine in order to produce some indifferent spirits, that will then require barrel aging to turn into (debatably) drinkable brandy?

The stuff shouldn't have been bottled and sent to the US in the first place.  They misread the market (or had some bastard long-term contract with messed-up incentive clauses) and they are stuck with it.  At this point, it's slightly-polluted water and should be treated as such.  "Dude, don't waste beer" is for college students, not multi-million-dollar wine importers.

Other than the timescale, it's no different from the grocery chain that goes big on watermelons before the 4th of July picnic season and has to toss them from the warehouse when it rains for 2 weeks.

Still...  it could have been brandy...  it's a sad day
2013-07-16 02:54:14 PM  
1 vote:
They should give it to the aboriginal people to keep them from drinking Sterno.
2013-07-16 12:07:39 PM  
1 vote:
But Australia's on the other side of the world. So if they pour it down their drains there, it will flow up, to us!
2013-07-16 11:53:18 AM  
1 vote:
Bring us some fresh wine! The freshest you've got - this year! No more of this old stuff.
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