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Why the French hate Australia

By Jessica Yadegaran
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009 at 11:16 am in Corkheads.

Hey folks, I’m back! I was flat out knocked out for a week by a peculiar stomach virus. Let’s just say I wasn’t ingesting much, let alone wine.

My desk is stacked high with boxes of wine ready to go to the cellar. Underneath all the glass bottles, I found an intriguing book I’m looking forward to take on vacation next week.

“Why the French Hate Us” by Campbell Mattinson, an award-winning Australian wine writer,  explores the forces fighting Australian wine.

I have yet to delve in but the premise is unmistakable: A seismic shift has occurred now that it’s not just one region – the United States – that has taken away a piece of France’s market they’ll never get back. It now includes the land of Oz, and whether you like it or not, their big, bodacious wines.

If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the Australian wine industry and the seriously excellent wines they make (that often don’t make it into our market) give the book a whirl.

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