Australian Wines in the US – James Melendez

I attend every year dozens of wine events– I, of course, live in the West Coast capital for wine–San Francisco.  I saw many events from major to smaller wine regions pay a visit to the City by the Bay; many perennial events and those who occasionally visit.  It is especially nice for me as I cannot visit the many wine regions around the world as often as I would like; and, at least, taste the latest releases.

But one major wine country has been noticeably absent in San Francisco and for a greater part of the US is Australia with respect to wine events.  Individual brands do make it here but the strength in tasting is vital in this hyper competitive market.  I do think there are extraordinary Australian wines that both make it here and are well known or those that have either limited, retrenched  or non-existing importer relationships.  Australia has declined, at least, in the US over a period of time.  But that is profound–right? The largest wine market have less impressions on Australian wines over the past decade is an amazing statement.  It seems prime for picking for Australia to make a more concerted effort because after all ‘tasting is believing’.  Australia is known for it’s Shiraz, and sometimes and oftentimes, not fully and accurately characterized.  Syrah and Shiraz is still in opportunity phase for increase in sales.  There are many theories for the decline in Syrah/Shiraz and that is perhaps due to many reasons including: Malbec from Argentina taking over the mind’s foot print on impression over Shiraz, Cabernet as always king for epic events and dinners, and Shiraz/Syrah having some great variations in characteristic and impression.  And yet Shiraz can be a captivating variety making for just as exciting food-wine pairing as Cabernet Sauvignon.

So a great part of the mind’s imagination centres on Shiraz for Australia–Australians have grown many other wine grapes and have done so with excellence: Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, etc.

Australians are adventurous and committed — just look at the other varietals beyond mainline international varieties; Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Zinfandel, Rkatsiteli, Shalistin and so fourth.

I am way over due for a ‘Foot on Ground’ tour of the many Australian wine countries.

Until I get there–I just need to continue opening bottles of Australian wines whenever I find them–tasting fewer than I do of other wine regions–but it is still important to do this myself.



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About James Melendez

I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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