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These Australia white wines impressed our Sommeliers!

Posted by Debbie

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Taltarni T Series Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Victoria, Australia
VINTAGES 19471, 12.5% Alcohol

Winery owner, John Goelet grew up in a family of wine merchants in Bordeaux, France. After searching around the world for a property comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux, in 1972, he established Taltarni – meaning red earth in the native Aboriginal language.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: A unique blend where the Sauvignon Blanc grapes were picked in two separate harvests (at night!): early harvest for fresh, zesty citrus characters & a few weeks later for blackcurrant & passion fruit flavours. The Semillion adds in straw & guava notes for a truly refreshing wine.

Suggested Food Pairing: This is definitely a wine to pack for a picnic, steamed mussels or shrimp on the barbie!

Tahbilk Estate Viognier

Victoria, Australia
VINTAGES 271387, 14.0% Alcohol

Viognier (pronounced vee-on-nyeh) is a grape variety that has deep roots in France.  Now California, Canada & Australia are growing this ‘hidden gem’. In fact, in Australia, Viognier is often blended with Shiraz to add a little body & sweetness.  At Tahbilk meaning place of many watering holes –  they commit to use Viognier not for blending, rather to craft the ultimate wine, that has now become a benchmark Viognier wine in Australia.

Now this is impressive! Tahbilk was nominated by Australian Vignerons magazine in 2004 as producing one of the “Benchmark” Australian Viognier releases. And if that was not enough, the wine has gained great recognition on the Australian Wine Show Circuit.  The wine has numerous awards since the inaugural 2000 vintage, 2 Trophies, 14 Gold, 18 Silver & 47 Bronze Medals.

Savvy Sommelier Tasting Notes: “OMG! One of the finest Viogniers I have tasted”, remarks Savvy Sommelier Debbie…and Julie agrees too! Striking aromas & tastes of tangerine, mango, pineapple & even banana with honeysuckle that continues into a delicious creamy finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: Delightful on its own, with cheeses (try the Parmasean Crisp recipe below), spicy foods & seafood.



An easy recipe that will be delicious with these sipping wines

There are so many versions of this recipe but nothing could be simpler, or more delicious to match with this sparkling wine. The fruity bubbles in the wine compliment the saltiness in the cheese and just send you back nibbling for more. I sometimes serve them a little red pepper jelly on the side. A perfect hors d’oeuvres – beware, folks inhale these!

Parmesan Crisps

From the kitchen of Savvy Sommelier Julie

1-1/12 cups of grated Parmesan depending how many crisps you would like to make.

Should yield about 20 small crisps.


  1.  Preheat often to 400 degrees and put a heaping tablespoon of the Parmesan onto a parchment lined baking sheet. I would space the spoonfuls about an inch apart.
  2. Bake about 8 minutes or check them after 5 and they should be just slightly golden.


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