What to drink at the end of the of the world

2017 – What a start to the year it's been.  In the last week alone we’ve witnessed the exit of Barack Obama from the White House, and we watched as Donald Trump entered.  I thought initially it was just outside of America that the horror of what has just happened was felt most keenly, but as the images and reports of reactions and protests within America began to pour in, I felt a glimmer of hope that the rest of the world wasn’t alone in feeling shock, disbelief and just a bit terrified of the impending Trump reign. 

As we know, the US political climate affects the rest of the world, so it was interesting to read a press release from the Winemakers Federation of Australia this morning, regarding Trump’s decision not to ratify the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).  The US remains Australia’s most valuable wine export market, meaning that the decision not to ratify the TPP could have potentially devastating flow-on effects to our wine export industry here in Australia.

Tony Battaglene, Chief Executive of the Winemakers Federation of Australia said that ‘The TPP offers tremendous opportunities for our sector and the promise of wealth creation in regional Australia as well as to the national economy’. 

Despite Trump’s decision not to ratify, Australian Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has announced that the Australian government will proceed with ratification of the TPP, confirming our stance on trade liberalisation.  Mr Battaglene went on to say ‘This is the first agreement to specifically address significant nontariff trade barriers restricting our export growth as well as promoting significant opportunities within the region. It also provides a template for future agreements.’ 

Here’s hoping.  Our country is built on a rich history of embracing new cultures, and we proudly export our products, culture and wine to the rest of the world.  Long may it remain.

Inauguration wine:

2014 Between Five Bells H-Cote Red, Lethbridge Victoria

“An intriguing combination of Nero d’Avola, Negro Amaro and Pinot Gris.  Sounds confusing, but tastes like cherries, dark chocolate, spice and it was exactly what I needed while watching the events unfold in the US.  Like all good things in life, this wine is made by adding two great varieties (Nero d’Avola and Negro Amaro) to a base of something that came before it – in this case Pinot Gris skins.  It was silky and quenching and comforting, in a time of distress. 

92 points and about $35