Category Archives: Grenache

Torbreck, Cuvée Juveniles, Barossa Valley, Australia 2010

Forget Yellowtail. Forget Crocodile Dundee. Forget everything you know about Australia.

Instead, put your mind in Paris. Get off at the Pyramide Metro, not far from the Louvre. Wiggle your way to 47 rue de Richelieu, and then, behold: Juveniles:

Now think of Scotland. Because inside you will find fantastic British farmhouse cheese, charcuterie, and Haggis always on the menu. Tim Johnston, a Scot ex-pat, founded it decades ago.

But now, turn to South East France, because Juveniles is a wine bar, and gained its cult following for pouring the Rhône Valley’s best wines. But then, Tim shocked Paris. He poured Australian Shiraz.

Your head may be spinning, but follow the thread. Australia grows Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, and other varietals typical of the Rhône Valley. Many vines predate the French (thanks to dodging phyloxera). And what would pair better with haggis for cult Rhône drinkers than Shiraz. Continue reading

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LABOR DAY-LEMA: Margerum, Riviera Rosé, San Luis Obispo County, California 2012

We have a problem: what to drink for Labor Day. The holiday is the exact opposite of its title.  We do no work on Labor Day.  It is the last gasp of summer.  We need to have fun.  And the … Continue reading

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