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Unformatted text preview: 71 THE WINES OF AUSTRALIA Australia has a relatively small wine industry that is similar in history, structure, and attitude to that of California. There are many excellent Australian wines, an increasing number of which are being exported. Their high quality and reasonable prices make them very competitive in the U.S. market. Australian wine styles are quite similar to those of California wines. The wines are varietally labeled and are made mostly from classic French varieties , the most important of which are Shiraz Wines of Australia 72 (the Australian name for Syrah ), Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Semillon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are often blended together, as are Chardonnay and Semillon. These blends would never be found in France (and might be considered heretical) since the pairings combine varieties that are associated with different regions of France. Australia has only recently decided to establish a national appellation system for regions of France....
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This note was uploaded on 06/29/2009 for the course VEN 3 taught by Professor Can'tremember during the Spring '08 term at UC Davis.
- Spring '08