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If you could only drink wine from one country for the rest of your life and it CANNOT be France, Italy, Spain, Germany [added in late edit], or the USA... which country would you choose and why???

Sort of a fun hypothetical, but I honestly think others’ answers would be highly informative for me.

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Germany is going to be the answer for the majority I think. It would be for me as well since they produce some good Pinot Noir.
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Chile
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Germany, then Greece as a distant second.

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Australia, South Africa or Chile. I think Margaret River is producing some fantastic Chardonnay and I love Shiraz. South Africa / Chile for the Cab lover in me.
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Yeah, Germany, and it would not be a sacrifice.
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JBrochu wrote: November 1st, 2020, 6:23 pm Germany is going to be the answer for the majority I think. It would be for me as well since they produce some good Pinot Noir.
I almost put Germany in the excluded list, so if that’s your answer would also love to hear your second choice. Is it Austria?
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#8 Post by Kris Patten »

Off top of my head Australia or South Africa would be my pick, probably Australia....world class Syrah, Cab, Chard, Semilon, Rielsing, and could even drink some sparkling from down in Victoria.
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Portugal. Has some old world dry reds, colares, port, and then best of all, madiera. Given my bent toward old world reds, I cannot think of another that would scratch my itch once you exclude those on the OP list. France is easily over 90% of my cellar.
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Mike R wrote: November 1st, 2020, 6:29 pm Australia, South Africa or Chile. I think Margaret River is producing some fantastic Chardonnay and I love Shiraz. South Africa / Chile for the Cab lover in me.
Pretty fantastic Cabs from Margaret River, Coonawarra, McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, and Yarra Valley.
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For me it would be Australian. Have had some amazing Tasmanian sparkling wines (champagne caliber) and they offer such breadth of selection among both red and white varietals. And I have almost no experience with South American / South African / Portuguese wine.
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Austria. 100% Austria.
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Australia for me.
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Robert.A.Jr. wrote: November 1st, 2020, 6:34 pm Portugal. Has some old world dry reds, colares, port, and then best of all, madiera. Given my bent toward old world reds, I cannot think of another that would scratch my itch once you exclude those on the OP list. France is easily over 90% of my cellar.
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Australia. Easy.

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Australia.
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Mike Maguire wrote: November 1st, 2020, 6:38 pm These days Kentucky!!
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Of course, Germany. To go with the spirit of your question it would be Austria or maybe Switzerland.
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#21 Post by Jayson Cohen »

Germany, but then I would probably need to do more exploring to decide among Portugal, Austria, and Hungary.

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I'd give up wine and stick with cocktails.
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Dave R. wrote: November 1st, 2020, 6:31 pm
JBrochu wrote: November 1st, 2020, 6:23 pm Germany is going to be the answer for the majority I think. It would be for me as well since they produce some good Pinot Noir.
I almost put Germany in the excluded list, so if that’s your answer would also love to hear your second choice. Is it Austria?
Well if Burgundy, Oregon/Cali, and German Pinot Noir are all off the table, I guess I'm going with New Zealand.
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#24 Post by M.Kaplan »

Germany, followed by Greece. I’m watching this topic closely, so I can put those choosing Australia on ignore. [wink.gif]
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Germany or New Zealand. The former lacks most red varietied (except pinot, of course), but has much better riesling. The latter has good chardonnay, cabernet, merlot, syrah and pinot.

Portugal if I was wanting to be adventurous.

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#26 Post by Jeremy Holmes »

Have to be Australia. World class Riesling and Chardonnay. Excellent dry Semillon. Improving Pinot Noir. Very decent fizz. Very good Cabernet, Grenache and Shiraz. Some majestic fortifieds.
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South Africa. I've been very impressed with the range of grapes and the quality and balance of the wines from the best producers. Really underrated in the US.
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#30 Post by Uli K. »

Germany, the reds are an issue historically, but they have improved a lot over the last couple of decades (Spätburgunder, Lemberger, Dornfelder). Enough said about the whites, they are divine.

They next three: Portugal, Austria, Switzerland. Honorable mention: Croatia.
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Australia. Because at least they know how to make really dry Rieslings. [stirthepothal.gif] [wink.gif]
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Uli K. wrote: November 1st, 2020, 8:07 pm Germany, the reds are an issue historically, but they have improved a lot over the last couple of decades (Spätburgunder, Lemberger, Dornfelder). Enough said about the whites, they are divine.

They next three: Portugal, Austria, Switzerland. Honorable mention: Croatia.
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Australia...though Israel or Canada could check a lot of boxes.

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Probably Austria.

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Belgium.
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Austria, no doubt.
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#37 Post by Tim Heaton »

That's easy, Austria. Germany is an easy second choice.
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John Morris wrote: November 1st, 2020, 7:53 pm South Africa. I've been very impressed with the range of grapes and the quality and balance of the wines from the best producers. Really underrated in the US.
Solid choice. Ok, put this one in my second position!
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Dave R. wrote: November 1st, 2020, 6:40 pm For me it would be Australian. Have had some amazing Tasmanian sparkling wines (champagne caliber) and they offer such breadth of selection among both red and white varietals. And I have almost no experience with South American / South African / Portuguese wine.
What tasmanian sparklers did you like that much? I tried a few and was very unimpressed!

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Georgia

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Portugal: great reds, good whites, followed by smatterings of South African wines and toss in some Lebanese and Grecians and one could live happy.
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Lebanon. I could drink Musar every day.

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Australia

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Jan Janas wrote: November 2nd, 2020, 4:03 am
Dave R. wrote: November 1st, 2020, 6:40 pm For me it would be Australian. Have had some amazing Tasmanian sparkling wines (champagne caliber) and they offer such breadth of selection among both red and white varietals. And I have almost no experience with South American / South African / Portuguese wine.
What tasmanian sparklers did you like that much? I tried a few and was very unimpressed!
Can't recall the name(s) and they don't export them to the US. The only thing I recall is they had an affiliation with Haut-Bailly. Would love to explore more of Tasmania, but not easy to do from here.
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I’d go Germany but if that was removed then I’d probably go with New Zealand.
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Toss up between Portugal and Argentina.
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#47 Post by Kirk.Grant »

If I have access to all the wineries in the country...then my answer would be Austria with New Zealand as a close second.
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Kevin Porter wrote: November 1st, 2020, 7:06 pm
Mike Maguire wrote: November 1st, 2020, 6:38 pm These days Kentucky!!
Are you trying to get this moved to Politics?
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#49 Post by Kevin Porter »

Mike Maguire wrote: November 2nd, 2020, 6:07 am
Kevin Porter wrote: November 1st, 2020, 7:06 pm
Mike Maguire wrote: November 1st, 2020, 6:38 pm These days Kentucky!!
Are you trying to get this moved to Politics?
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#50 Post by Joshua Kates »

Yes, Portugal, Austria, Australia (in that order), and maybe add New Zealand for the Pinot.
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