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California dreaming

By Madam Cholet - 23 April 2010 26

I have been searching for sometime now to find Californian wines being retailed in Canberra. To date I have had absolutely no luck, apart from a few bottles of fairly expensive stuff at Vintage Cellars. We have been glugging away at French, Italian, German, Chilean, and even a French wine that was apparently the mother of Californian vines, but have just drawn a blank on anywhere that might sell Californian.

I know it sounds a bit high falutin’ but our interest was piqued by a wine show on SBS in recent times. Would love to give some of them a go.

I’m originally from the UK and Californian wines are readily available there.

What’s the problem here though?

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madamcholet 1:37 pm 25 May 11

Good to see more info on this. I have noticed in very recent times that Dan Murphys seems to be dipping a toe into the Californian market.

Have also noticed many more recommendations in food publications for (shock horror), FOREIGN wines.

We are still on the look out for more though so will peruse the site. thx!!

usawinesdirect 11:26 am 25 May 11

I invite all the sceptics and uninitiated to “stick their toe’s in the water” and try some of our good American wines! I’m always happy to speak with those interested. I lived in California for seven years importing and marketing Australian wines. It’s about time we did something for them!

LSWCHP 10:10 pm 23 May 11

I’ve been savouring good Australian wine for 25 years now. I’ve also spent a helluva lot of time in California surrounded by wine lovers, and have tried many fantastic California wines. I would love to get my hands on some of those beautiful chardonnays and pinots. If you ever get a chance to try some of these drops grab it with both hands.

I’ve always presumed that shipping wine to Australia from California would be a “snow to Eskimos” deal, which explains the lack of such products in our bottle shops. It’s a great loss.

CoffinRX2 8:54 pm 23 May 11

Im an ex rep for the best selling NZ wine in the world ….. and currently in the US at the moment for a wedding in california, and about to spent the next week in Sonoma County for the wedding

Ive tasted lots of CA wine here, … and $$$ for $$$ it really doesnt stack up value wise at all

astrojax 7:29 pm 23 May 11

agree with many others, californian wines in general are not quite as nice as general aussie and so has not been an attractive import exercise for anyone – that said, california makes soe wonderfully buttery chardonnays (which we rarely do) and the zinfadels can be a tasty drop, so good luck sourcing them but be prepared to pay more than you’d expect to pay for a similar standard domestic bottle.

p1 6:47 pm 23 May 11

Holden Caulfield said :

usawinesdirect said :

Hi There, You might like to look at our website for a good selection of wines produced in the US at fair prices. We ship Australia wide via Australia Post. Our customer service phone # is 1300 USWINE (87 9463) or shop online.

1300 U SWINE … didn’t think that one through very clearly.

That’s a pig of a number.

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