Off topic, but it was “Grange Hermitage,” not “Hermitage Grange.” These days it’s just “Penfold’s Grange” because we gave in to the French and don’t use their regional descriptions any more. Same reason we stopped referring to our sparkling white wine as “Champagne.”
While some may see it as pandering to the cheese-eating surrender monkeys, I think it’s more a sign that our wines deserve to be considered on their own merits rather than comparing them to European regions (we also stopped using the term “Rhine Rielsing” and other regional terms).
A couple of years ago I was on an American Airlines domestic flight (in First Class) and asked for a sparkling wine. The Flight Attendant asked “do you mean a Champagne?” I said yes, but I thought “that would be great, but I very much doubt you have any.” Of course it was from California - OK, but not capital “C” Champagne.
sad flower might have been that too, BigT. Quite likely a troll and a sock. I don’t know for sure if it was a sock, I’m not a mod, but that thing was trying to prey on the kind hearted and I wanted to see it dead. It was the message board equivalent of a vampire.
That thing needed to be taken out before it did damage.
Now as an Aussie I can shine. A slab is a carton of 24 beers… VB is a local brew short for Victorian Bitter. Its a polarizer in Australia as people love it or hate it. For those who love it its the Very Best and for those who hate it its Very Bad (and other derogative terms).