There's more to Australian wines than just Shiraz

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 12:00 am

Ask the casual American wine consumer to tell you something about Australian wine and you'll probably get one of two responses: “Shiraz” or “Yellow Tail.”

Australia has had unrivaled success in creating both awareness of its signature grape varietal and being a world-leader in exporting branded wines. It is the world's fourth-largest wine exporting country after Italy, France and Spain, and the seventh-largest wine producer overall. Australia is viewed as a world leader in technical proficiency in both the vineyard and the winery, which has led to a standardized base of quality and a reputation for a consistent style: Clean and fruity wines with soft tannins and mild acidity.

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