“Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed…Let us represent worthily for one the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us! What do you say? It is true that when with folded arms we weigh the pros and the cons we are no less a credit to our species. The tiger bounds to the help of his congeners without the least reflexion, or he slinks away into the depths of the thickets. But that is not the question. What are we doing here, that is the question. And we are blessed in this, that we know the answer. Yes, in the immense confusion one thing is clear. We are waiting for Godot to come” - Samuel Beckett
Seriously, I thought we had moved past this. But it seems not to be the case. “I liked it but found it quite australian in style”; a response to another’s views on twitter from the esteemed UK-based wine scribe Jamie Goode, who will be part of the 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show judging panel. A frighteningly meaningless and lazy generalisation about a vast continent and one which I called Mr Goode out on. “touchy out there. But there is an Aussie style. Of course, aus is diverse, too” he replied, back pedalling yet sticking to his point at the same time. And a clever diversion. It was my sensitivity that was the real issue here…a ‘sensitivity’ that, by the way, was shared by a number of others on twitter at that point. I was just lucky enough to get a response. Of sorts.
“I would like you now to explain what an ‘Aussie’ style wine is. Be accountable”, I replied. “What have I done to upset you Jeremy? !!” Once again, Jamie makes this out to be about me, not his initial statement. Once again I reply that Jamie has not upset me, his statement has. Jamie Goode’s “Wine Anorak” is a great site. Worthy, perhaps, even of its gratuitous introduction; “WELCOME to one of the most interesting and comprehensive wine resources on the web”. So why is it that an intelligence this substantial believes there is an “Aussie” style out there? And why will he not answer my question – Can you please explain what an ‘Aussie style’ wine is?
“Can’t be done in 140 characters. Especially not when people get so sensitive about these issues”. Ok Jamie (or anyone else who cares to share their thoughts), now I have posted on this issue. Your reply in the comments section below will not be limited to 140 characters. Write as much as you like.
Finally, let me be clear. This is not an attack on the 2012 Royal Melbourne Wine Show. Fortunately that show also has a group of astute and intelligent judges who realise that an “Aussie” style does not exist. Or perhaps one of them would like to disagree with me. Or anyone else for that matter. But, in truth, I am still waiting for Goode-ot.