Category Archives: AUSTRALIA

A Down Under, Down Home, Get Down Thanksgiving

Ode To Katerina B.: To me, the weirdest thing about Australians—and they are legion—is that they speak English.  That is, if you can process words like chinwag, bodgy, dinkum and crack-a-fruity through your Funk & Wagnalls and still come up … Continue reading

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Block No. 42: Penfolds’ Ostentatious Obscenity

As a winery, Australian producer Penfolds has always tried to be all things to all people. In 1844, the cause was noble enough: Emigrated English physician Christopher Rawson Penfold planted vines around his Adelaide cottage and set out to produce … Continue reading

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Mohua: Mo’ Value from Central Otago

  “Try some Mohua…” ‘Fess up: I’ve worked Detroit restaurants where the response would be, “Try some mo’ whatta?” At that point, one of two things would be in order.  Either a tutorial on Central Otago, where the Mohua (pronounced … Continue reading

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Holy Trinity Wine: The Pope’s Got A Seat On High—And Another One Down Under

Barossa! Just growling out the word is sort of a charge, like it could be the name of some Somali warlord hijacking vessels off the Horn of Africa, or a military operation to liberate fertile swaths of Uzbekistan so that … Continue reading

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Robert Oatley Winery: Will the Canes Mutiny?

North of Mudgee, in between Putta Bucca and Buckaroo, just below Budgee Budgee and near the Wooloomooloo vineyard, they’ve got a bunch of old grape vines piled up. The burning of which I would not have had the slightest interest … Continue reading

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