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Chris Brook-Carter | 18 May 2004

Australia’s politically-conservative prime minister, John Howard, has equally conservative wine tastes.

A novel use of freedom of information legislation established that there were just 31 dozen wines in the cellar of his official Sydney residence.

They tilted towards Western Australian Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc white blends, mid-range Cabernet Sauvignon and sparkling wines. Official visitors expecting a showcase of the leading wine exporting nation’s top Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay or Muscats are doomed to disappointment... or a visit to a nearby restaurant.

No wine was valued above A$72 (US$49) a bottle.


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