Robin Garr wrote:
Jenise wrote:nasty and bitter parting of the ways.
I can't remember the particulars, but wasn't Grateful Palate involved in *another* noisy breakup with an Australian producer a couple of years ago?
Robin, you're probably thinking of the break with Rolf Binder of Veritas. Rolf supposedly dumped the GP because he was opposed to the rapacious prices Philips charged wherein Philips got the lions share (an objection I would share were I him), and then he formed his own importing company with a few other wineries and charged the same rapacious prices. Or so it looked to me.
Carl, I know very little about these wines except that the few examples I had epitomized everything that most Americans (MP being an export-only product) somewhat unfairly stereotype all Australian wines as being. The $200 top of the line wine whose name I can't recall except that it was one word that started with an 'I', was a thick alcoholic syrup. The bottle said 15%, but Sparky Marquis personally admitted to the retailer who poured it for me that it was more like 17%. Which the retailer strangely seemed to think was a benefit, I might add, never mind that I was about to pass out from the fumes.