Wine across the ocean


Dinner tonight was what has come to be a standard SoCal meal for us, Mexican.

We are loving the Mexican food and are eating lots of it. So we picked a little restaurant on Newport Street in Ocean Beach, a suburb of San Diego that, you guessed it, is on the beach.

We settled in to a homely booth and deliberated over all the options. Only after we’d ordered did we take notice of the rack holding four bottles of the same wine, a South Eastern Australian wine.

It turned out to be a 2009 shiraz from Andrew Peace Wines in Victoria who I had come across in a previous job. Given California’s wine industry, I hadn’t thought Aussie wines would make much of an impact, let alone end up in a little family-run Mexican restaurant.


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