The Simple Truth about Australian Wine

The head of U.S. operations for Southcorp Wines doesn't see any mystery in Americans' growing taste for a fruity drop from Down Under

Never heard of Southcorp Wines? Perhaps you recogonize its three major brands, Rosemount, Penfolds, and Lindemans, all Australian vintages that are now staples of U.S. supermarket and wine-store shelves. Recently, Moveable Feast columnist Thane Peterson caught up with Tom Burnet, the California-based CEO of Southcorp's U.S. unit. Burnet, who previously headed the wine unit of Louisville (Ky.)-based Brown-Foreman, joined Southcorp late in 2002. Here are edited excerpts of their conversation:

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