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Dear Dr. Vinny,

I was in my favorite wine store the other day and stopped at the Australian section, which was rather anemic. Most of the bottles had pictures of animals on the label. When I asked I was told that Australia was not exporting as much wine as it once did, especially of the middle to higher quality. Is this true, or are the stores in Dallas looking to go with a more modest price point?

—Rick J., Mesquite, Texas

Dear Rick,

I checked with the good folks at Wine Australia, and they confirmed that Australia isn’t exporting as much wine as it did at its peak in 2007. Remember 2007? Before the recession? Anyway, there’s evidence that those numbers are trending upward of late, especially for wines in the $15-to-$25 range.

Since that’s your favorite wine store, be sure to mention that you’d like to see more Australian wines on the shelves, and I’m sure they’ll oblige! There are plenty of terrific wines from Down Under to get excited about, at many different price points.

—Dr. Vinny


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