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Wine? Check, Mate!  Topica Editorial
 Mar 12, 2001 15:12 PST 
Grub & Grog Newsletter

by Jenny Baker (jen-@get.topica.com)

Over the past few years, wine shoppers may have noticed a proliferation
of new wine from both Australia and New Zealand. But not knowing much
about these possibilities, you may be reluctant to drop $10 or so for a
"blind" tasting, i.e., a random choice that could lead you horribly,
undrinkably astray.

Over time, some Australian producers such as Rosemount Estate have
become common, but the majority probably still remains unfamiliar. So
what's the best way to find the gems among the Kiwi and Oz
possibilities? Check with the experts, of course.

Recently, wine experts from around the world convened to choose the Top
100 Australian & New Zealand Wines. Once you're done thinking about how
cool it is that some people's *job* is to travel to Australia and drink
wine (where do I apply?), you can check out the results on the Top100
Wines web site. Winners are divided into categories such as
Aperitifs/Sparkling Wines, Lighter Bodied Dry White Table Wines, Medium
Bodied Dry Red Table Wines, and Dessert Wines (a category where these
producers particularly excel), to name a few. There's tons of great info
on the winning wines: the judges' descriptions, where they're
distributed, what grapes they're comprised of, and the vineyards' web
sites. Plus, be sure to check out the recipe section, for great
suggestions on dishes to pair with the wines.

Here's to discovering some great new wines, mate!

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