Post by Andrew Clarke
We don't do things like that in Australia.
Sadly must say your description would fit many US tourists as well . The Aussies do seem usually more cheerful. " Grace " is largely a lost art , especially among the top of the political class, although comparing Trump,Johnson and Morrison,Australia may (? ) have gotten the better of that draw. The only beer from " down under " in my out of the way neck of the woods, other than Foster's, is NZ's Steinlager. Been years since I 've had one , but recall it was very good then ; now ? My cheap plonk of the moment is Lindamnn's "Bin 50 Smooth Shiraz", which somehow makes it all the way here, in the shipping containers, still drinkable, although like most plonk probably saved by consisting of much that is not real grape.A 1964 ChateauNeuf was probably the first good wine I ever had, back in 1970, at a college semester in Belgium,where the cheap plonk was " Vin d'Algiers". My budget wont accommodate Penfolds Grange or even their Bin 28, but many expensive wines , while great, dont merit quite the price multiples they command.