Do the names Barrosa Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, Margaret River, or Hawke's Bay, Central Otago, and Marlborough sound at all familiar. If they do great! If not even better!! These are all wine regions in Australia and New Zealand. Some absolutely off the charts wines are coming from "Down Under" and at a far less expensive price point then many of our comparable California wines. Thier best known varietals are Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir. Although we have all these grapes here, they take on a very different character South of the equator.
So like normal, there is no cost to come to this study group but there is a lil bit of effort required. First you must pick a good wine. (does not have to be expensive) Must have a rating of 88 or above from a well known rating entity. WS, WE, WA, etc. Yes, I must apply this rule as we have had some less than great wines show up here. BOO! Next, bring a one page sheet of notes on the wine, the region or both. Yes, this is about education so this is also a must. No worries if you are shy, hand me the notes and I will read them to the group for you. The last part Bring an appetizer for 10 that goes with this wine and region. I know it is a lil effort that has to be put in here, but every one of the study groups has always been completely full. Why? Because you get to learn a lil something, eat great food, enjoy wonderful conversation, and of course Drink Great Wine. See you on Friday!
If any questions give me a call at[masked]-0809.