Ahh, I feel the pain BKBuilds!
Mick lives in a magical storybook land! (Smiles).
Or I like to say this, because you HAVE TO SEE HIS DAMN FISH MARKET, KANGAROO SUPPLY, EXOTIC FRUITS & SPICES, AND OF COURSE TOO WINE WITHOUT ADDED JUNK, to then realize it's God's Country indeed!
I think I salivate like some Pavlovian puppy, each time he so much as mentions what is available there even!
Meanwhile, there ARE some finds here too, but we do need to look for them and every state is mighty different!
Five years ago, "South America" was a safe bet, and you could buy any inexpensive Malbec, Chilean Cab or Carménère and five bucks could even get you a lovely thing!
Today, there are so many of those same wineries, that have now been bought by Americans who figured that they could make it cheaper, add tons of chemicals, and then export it into grocery stores and rake in the bucks.
Thus since they bought those houses, the once "OK" cheapy South American wines have mostly gone into a chemical overload of pure junk! AND they raised prices - threw the word "Riserva" on a few, and have fooled our nation but for a few who know the buyers and know what happened.
Still, there are ways to find wines that are affordable, without tons of junk having been added. A lot of that is "Old World" still (French mostly).
But VIva Mick's land, and him educating us as to what comes over here that is indeed NOT laden with extra crazy junk!
OK, that's my editorial rant for today!!!
So fun, this wine stuff, so fun!!!
Cheers!!! - Leah