As the big Qantas double-decker Airbus A380 soars over the Pacific Ocean taking me and some 460 of my new friends to Australia, I peer out the window at the vast dark and get philosophical. The 15 hours it takes to fly from California to Melbourne niftily represents the gulf that now seems to separate those who strive to make good wine in Australia from wine buyers that seem to have dismissed them back in the U.S. of A.
One of my intentions over the next couple of weeks is to get a better handle on just what the Australians are doing to remedy that state of affairs. I know from what I sample in my own blind tastings that the range of styles and wine types coming from Australia today is wider and greater than ever. I am looking forward to getting some clarity on what they are actually trying to achieve.
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