I'm new to the forum and a bit new to wine. I've been impressed by the forumites willingness to help others out, so any advice you could give would be helpful.
1. I'm going to a friend's blind wine tasting. Here's the guidelines for the wine I'm to bring - it must be less than $15; must be easily attainable in US retail store; must be red..and preferably a bigger, bolder red if its to win out. Any suggestions? The winner of the tasting receives a 98 Penfolds Grange....so your advice could really help. Fortunately none of the other participants - good friends - know of the world of wine forums.
2. I'm currently in Australia for a few days and then on to NZ for a few before coming home. Any suggestions as to some reds I can pick up here that I can't get in the states? Price range is anything under $80USD, unless its a real specialty find. The key is to find some great big reds that are pretty much unattainable in the US market.
Thanks for any help you can give.