I think it is good to be patriotic. I'm not talking about wearing the flag
as a cape, buying a ute, or singing Khe Sanh. I mean it is good to
appreciate what Australia has to offer.
A few months ago Stephen Pannell, an acclaimed winemaker, began the web
site www.allforonewine.com where
he has asked us to pledge to exclusively drink wine made in Australia from
the 1st to the 26th of January, and I think it is a
dash-darn-good idea. Try new things, buy your family a job and all that.
However, as the commencement date of January 1st draws near the
number of articles and amount of banter on the topic has - escalated with
one negative tone towards the idea coming through. It seems that concern
beyond fanciful xenophobic innuendo exists, and that question is whether
Australian wine is in fact good enough to limit oneself to for nearly a