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Australian Wine Country: New South Wales

Renowned for big ripe reds, Australia's white wines are turning heads, too.

Let's take a look at New South Wales' vineyards and pair some recipes with the wines being made there.

New South Wales is the home state of Australia's largest city, Sydney. The region makes about a quarter of Australia's wine, much of which comes from Hunter Valley. What saves grapes in the Hunter Valley from becoming baked to a crisp under the hot summer sun is a blanket of haze that regularly slips in during the afternoon to provide needed relief. The red wines made here are nevertheless big flavored. Hunter Valley Shiraz is often described as tasting pleasantly "gamey" and leather-like. It is also the home of a distinctive Australian style of Semillon. Further inland, the Mudgee sub-region is drier than Hunter Valley, enclosed within a ring of hills and valleys of the Central Ranges (Mudgee comes from an Aboriginal word meaning "nest in the hills"). Big, darkly colored red wines (Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon) are made here, as well as Chardonnay.

Try with a Hunter Valley or Mudgee Shiraz:

Read more about Australian wine country and find recipes for pairing:

Nov. 19, 2009 10:47 am
I visited the Hunter Valley back in the early '80's, and toured the Rosemont Winery. Any wine by Rosemont is superb! Don't pass up the opportunity to buy their wines if you have the chance.
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