I learnt a new word on the weekend: staycation. The art of 'holidaying at home'. In an article published by the Wall Street Journal, the author Lee Siegel (a grumpy 'old' man? or a realist?) espoused such virtues as enjoying Machu Picchu on TV in your living room and driving to your local South American restaurant, instead of actually going there and facing the rigours of travel, from babies on aeroplanes to Bombay belly.
It had me laughing, but also asking are we getting too spoilt? Is this just a 'first world problem'? Whatever, I'm betting he's not a wine lover, because to me, not much beats getting out into the wine regions to taste wines at the source, seeing the places they are made and get the feel of the country, and meeting the wine makers in person.
And we're so lucky in Australia because you don't have to travel overseas to do it – we have over 60 wine regions and 4000+ wine producers, many within a day's trip from our capital cities.
Per capita that's way more than the USA, and so many of our wines are simply fabulous. We've tasted two in the last week alone that knocked the socks off a bottle of DRC (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti) that we also enjoyed recently – one of Australia's problems seems to be that we don't put enough value what we have, and enjoy what's right here, at 1/10th the price, or even less.
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Have a fabulous month and all the best in wine and life from Robyn, Kerry, Andrew, Laura and the VV team.
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