Good Morning Gentle Readers,
A malfunctioning forklift, loading a ship in Adelaide, dropped 462 cases of 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove Shiraz nearly twenty feet, destroying a third of 2010's production.
Bet that was a mess. I broke a bottle of wine on the carpet once. There is *way* more than 28 ounces of wine in one bottle. Worse, three or four bottles of wine flew out the back of the politically incorrect foreign pick up truck that's made in America, landing three feet down on the asphalt parking lot at the Casa Blanca. Lordy. All I did was open the tailgate, but somehow things got themselves mighty skewed on the ride.
Australia's Herald Sun quoted a per-bottle price of $185.00 AUD. I mentally converted that to approximately $80.00 USD. Three minutes later, after a quick look at exchange rates, I learned that since 2001, the Australian Dollar has appreciated 100% against Ben Bernanke's floundering dollar. [eyebrows raised in stunned disbelief] Might be because Australia's economy remained strong while ours was slammed into the dumper by two administrations and a federal reserve chairman who got their economics degrees for fifty bucks from a small island university near Cuba.
Mollydooker, which is Oz slang for southpaw, which is US slang for a left handed baseball pitcher, is one of my favorite Aussie wines. Further, Mollydooker defies the TWC rule which states that: The quality of the wine is inversely proportional to the cool factor and kitsch of the label.
Although Oz Shiraz is made from Syrah grapes, the end result is often very different from US Syrah. I don't get what those guys do to Shiraz. BUT, Mollydooker is a different barrel of wine altogether. It isn't surprising to me that the Velvet Glove Shiraz retails in the US for a buck fifty to two hundred dollars a bottle. Every vintage of Velvet Glove has garnered ratings in the high 90's from the likes of Parker and Spectator.
In the meantime, here's a Mollydooker more in line with my pocketbook.
Tip of the glass to Mrs TWC; Image appears courtesy of The Telegraph.com.au