No, it’s not what you think … I have NOT been influenced by the naysayers with their:
- After Brexit ….
- We can’t travel to Europe
- Planes can’t fly over Britain
- We won’t have low cost flights any more
- We won’t be able to buy French wines
- The cost of my Prosecco will go up
- I’ll have to pay mobile phone roaming charges
- I’ll need a permit to drive in Europe
- The label on my fag packets will have to change!
I have decided to completely switch my wine choices and my Wines 101 List to the New World and wider to include New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, USA, Canada, Argentina, Chile …. But I also want to continue buying and trying wines from Hungary, Greece, and Italy, for curiosity reasons (not political) you understand.
There are two problems to deal with now; firstly, a reduction in the overall wine experience, since unlike Chablis, Pommard, Alsace ….. I can’t hop around each of these countries just to find and experience one or two winemakers; and secondly, finding these wines in supermarkets generally or even specialist wine merchants will be impossible!
My solution is a bit of a cheat …. it’s to use The Wine Society to source wines which are as close as possible to those listed in the Wines 101 book, same country, same region, same grape …. but probably a different producer.
Here’s a few selections I have made today from The Wine Society, all Australian. Next…….. New Zealand, but I will post existential idiosyncratic tasting notes on these 5 from Oz!