The conclusion we reached after attending the Savour Australia Roadshow in West Hollywood was that the Aussies are making some very exceptional wines.
This is not new since the first planting of wine vines took place in Australia two centuries ago. What we found most interesting is the fact that some of the oldest grape vines in the world are to be found here.
One reason is that almost all the wineries and vineyards are family owned, some for several generations.
The seminars and tasting in Los Angeles took place at the upscale Church Key Restaurant located on Sunset Blvd. on the Strip.
In all there are six wine regions in Australia with some clustered around Adelaide, others at Perth and most in New South Wales.
Wines from a large selection of varietals were shown at the tasting including Grenache, Shiraz, Rouisanne, Marsanne and Semillon. In the region of Hunter Valley the Burgundian varietals appear, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
We met and chatted with two of the seminar speakers Bruce Tyrrell of Tyrrell's Wines and Allistger Ashmead of Elderton Wines.
The Savour Australia Roadshow is on a nation wide tour to boost U.S. imports of Australian wines which have been rising year by year.
The Church Key showed some of its famed dim sum style appetizers to go with the excellent vintages.