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The wines of Australia are considered “new world” wines. They don’t have the history of France, Italy, or Spain which are many centuries old, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t carved out an important niche of their own.

One cannot think of Australian wine brands without thinking of Yellow Tail, Alice White, Jacob’s Creek, Rosemount, or Penfolds, whose esteemed Grange wine may year-in and year-out be the best and most important wine produced from the Shiraz grape in Australia.

Speaking of, the most important grape in Australian wine is indeed Shiraz, whose deep, plush, black and purple fruit flavors brought many wine consumers to buy their first wine from this country. Significant achievements have also been made in Australia with Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Grenache, and even cooler-climate grapes like Riesling and Pinot Noir.

More than half of all Australian wine produced carries the label of South Australia or South Eastern Australia. The warm sub-regions of South Australia such as Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale are home to many red wines that get plenty of critical attention. Coonawarra, Padthaway and Eden Valley also have success with their red wine expressions while also having a slightly cooler climate to benefit the production of white wine varietals. Victoria and New South Wales are also significant regions, and wines from Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia are reaching North America more frequently.



California Wines

Shop for Wines from California

“Wish they all could be California…wines!” Yes, it’s a familiar refrain, one we’ve all sung to ourselves countless times. California wines are among the most famous and recognizable in the world, and for good reason: boasting a wide variety of climates and growing areas, California produces wines that rival any in the world for quality and price.

The best California wines arguably come from Napa Valley and Sonoma County in Northern California, but don’t forget about the Central Coast, or even an up-and-coming region like Temecula in Southern California.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the staple red grape of California, matched by Chardonnay as the most popular white grape in the state. Whatever your preference, it’s clear that every growing region in California excels in producing both red and white wines of unmatched excellence.

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