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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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PUTTING THE THE IN THE MACALLAN 10 YEAR: EU Austerity Drinking Tour #15

Weeks into our Scotland travels, we needed a break from Scottish beer.  As with Aberlour’s 10 Year Whisky (reviewed earlier), a grocery sale inspired us to buy the last bottle of The Macallan, 10 Year Old, Single Malt Whisky. Why … Continue reading

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ENTER.THE.HAGGIS.: EU Austerity Drinking Tour #9

I am reunited with my laptop.  Let’s get cracking with Scotland. My gig is wine.  I rarely drink whisky.  But I had heather-tinted glasses on last August. After weeks in Canada and Iceland, my wife and I were touring Scotland.  … Continue reading

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