For the last ten years, and particularly in the last five, Australia has been producing wines of mind-boggling quality (to paraphrase Robert Parker!), rivaling and often surpassing the best wines in other prominent wine regions around the world. While a wide variety of grapes are grown and vinified in Australia, Shiraz (called Syrah in other areas of the world, including California) is what has put this continent-in-a-country on the world oenology map. We’ll get to sample ten of Australia’s best Shirazes at this tasting, some of them being of such high quality and made in such small quantities that they are legitimate “cult” wines. The wines will include ’97 Fox Creek Reserve Shiraz, which was scored 96 points by Robert Parker, and ’96 Barossa Valley Estate E&E Black Pepper Shiraz, which was scored 97 points by The Wine Spectator and named one of their “Top 10 Wines of the Year” a few years ago.
The tasting is open to everyone (over the age of 21!) and will be conducted in a blind, educational format by Todd Serota, president of VinoQuest, who has been conducting such tastings for more than 10 years. There will be open discussion of all of the wines, as well as comparison and scoring of wines in the same flight and across flights. Fabulous cheeses, meats and pates from the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills specifically matched to the wines will be served (although you should have at least a light lunch before attending). Additionally, VinoQuest will be offering a special 10% discount on the wines tasted if you order them that afternoon.
Reservations must be made in advance. MIT Club of Southern California members receive a discount, as set forth in the latest MIT Club newsletter. To register for the event, click on the link below to bring up a registration form. Print out the form and fax it to VinoQuest with your credit card info at (310) 798-7273 or mail it to VinoQuest with your check at the address listed on the form. To obtain more information, please email Todd Serota at email@example.com or call VinoQuest at (310) 798-2004.