“The food we were given was no more than eatable, but the patron was not mean about drink; he allowed us two litres of wine a day each, knowing that if a plongeur is not given two litres he will steal three.”
- George Orwell, Down and Out in Paris and London
I knew there was a reason I liked George Orwell and two liters is my kind of ration when it comes to wine- that is why I like Australia. Australia is the only country that I have visited where they offered us beer after every wine tasting, Coopers was the brew of choice and it is so refreshing to have a beer after drinking a lot of red wine, especially Australian Shiraz.
If this sounds like Deja-vu it’s because we had to reschedule this event and you just received this e-mail announcement a few weeks ago but when we hit a subject we like to hit it hard and our annual Penfolds Grange collectors tasting is coming up on Friday, September 30th so I figured this would be a good follow up so we booked it on the next available date which is Saturday, October 8th.
After this first trip down under I fell in love with Australian wines and have been selling and collecting wines from Australia for over 24 years now. With the bottom falling out of the market in 2008 we have struggled to sell some of the higher end brands that were developed in the 1990's but that is no problem because I am happy to drink these wines as they are some of the best examples of the Syrah variety on the face of the earth.
Although they have been making wine in Australia for a long time, we are still in our beginning stages of our scientific process of tasting through the top wines from the land down under that are reaching their peak years of maturity. That is why we made this an annual event- there is a lot of research that needs to be done on the subject of vintage Australian Shiraz. Will they age like the great wines of France, Italy and even California? This year we are focused on two back-to-back vintages that are 21 and 20 years old now 2001 and 2002.
Chef Toni Lampasone will be providing a special menu to accompany the tasting wines and the fee for this tasting which includes dinner is $250 per person + tax, for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vintage Aussie Shiraz Wine Tasting
Saturday, October 8th
2001 Killibinbin Shiraz Langhorne Creek
2001 Barton Vale The Changeling Shiraz Barossa
2001 Clarendon Hills Shiraz Moritz VIneyard McLaren Vale
2001 Marquis Philips Shiraz Southeast Australia
2001 Wynns Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra Estate
2002 Two Way Range Shiraz Barossa
2002 Killibinbin Shiraz Langhorne Creek
2002 Marquis Philips Integrity McLaren Vale
2002 Marquis Philips Shiraz
2002 Torbreck Shiraz Run Rig Barossa
2003 Massena The Eleventh Hour Shiraz Barossa
2003 Mitolo Shiraz GAM McLaren Vale
2004 Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley
2008 Greenock Creek Shiraz Roennfeldt Road Barossa
Selection of Cheese: Beemster Gouda, Parmesan Reggiano
Foie Gras Torchon with wild berry Jam and Brioche Toast
Grilled Octopus with Sauteed Wild Mushroom/Masoor Dal Succotash and fresh mint
Australian Rack of lamb with Jalapeno Mint Jam and Sweet Potato Soufflé
Dark Chocolate covered Berries and Bacon
The fee for this tasting is $250 per person and there are only 12 spaces available for this event. for reservations call 954-523-9463 or e-mail email@example.com.