I am sure we have all read articles that claim we cannot tell the difference between cheap wine and much more expensive, so-called high quality wine. Usually, they are pretty triumphalist in tone and love to take down the "experts". I have never believed them but I doubt I could put this scepticism into words as well as the article linked here has done.....
If you only read one wine blog (apart from mine, of course), make sure it is this one:
The Hosemaster writes the most subversive, satirical and downright amusing blog you'll ever read. He says all the things we wish we were clever and/or brave enough to say. If you have any interest in wine at all, you'll want to keep up with the Hosemaster. You may even find yourself being mercilessly skewered by his all-encompassing rancour.
Here’s a link to an interesting website that lists the wine brands controlled by Woolworths and Coles.
Now I am not going to give a rant about Dan Murphy or the other big player in what is effectively a liquor duopoly in Australia–heck, I buy wine from them from time to time so really my arguing position is weak.
Nevertheless, it is sometimes useful to know what you are buying. Us small producers who cannot sell via these retail giants (we don’t have the volume or the profile they require, nor are we keen to sell at the prices they euphemistically request), love the customers who come to us direct, either by visiting our cellar door or our website. We want them to keep on coming, sure in the knowledge that they will get a wine made by us from our grapes (or maybe a neighbour’s if we’ve had a low crop), matured and bottled by us.