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Let’s go to Australia!

Posted by Debbie

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Have you ever dreamed about packing your bags & getting away from it all to head downunder to Australia? Sydney Opera House, Ayres Rock, Great Barrier Reef, kangaroos & koala bears.   These are all icons imbedded in our heads about this faraway place.  Rather than a 20+ hour flight and crossing the international date line, uncorking a bottle of Australian wine take us there quickly.

For a taste of Australia, try these wines:

T Series Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2011

LCBO# 19471
A unique white wine 93% Sauvignon Blanc & 7% Semillon grapes, this refreshing blend reminds me of a tropical fruit salad – mango, guava, passion fruit – with a refreshing squeeze of white grapefruit.  Chill & sip on its own or with grilled seafood or a pack for a picnic.

Hickinbotham Shiraz/Cabernet 2009

LCBO# 159632
Very VERY deep purple in colour & as smooth as velvet. This red wine is concentrated with tastes figs, cassis, black olives, tar & tobacco aromas. With one sip you can melt with the rich tastes of dark chocolate, black fruit & medium firm tannins. Where’s my steak mate?

Sip & Savour Aussie wines with me!

Leave your luggage at home & join me for a fun Sommelier led wine tasting on Tuesday July 31st at the Ottawa Rowing Club. As the sun sets on the water (… alright, it is the Ottawa River not Sydney Harbour!), there’ll be ‘shrimps on the barbie’ along with hors d’oeuvres & artisan cheeses paired with an array of Australian wines. Buy tickets online now!

… or grab your passport & let’s hop aboard a flight

If your bags are already packed  – come with me on Taste Your Way Around Australia trip that I will be co-hosting in March 2013 organized by Aussie Travel.  It’ll be a 23 day extravaganza of delicious Australian cuisine, winery tours, dinners with chefs, boutique hotels & unique cultural excursions.

Going downunder is definitely a fantastic trip. Warning: you may not come back!


Little known Aussie facts …

  • Australia’s first vineyards were planted in 1788 in a small area near the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • There are now 64 designated wine regions in Australia
  • Australia is the 4th largest exporter of wine in the world
  • Canada ranks as Australia’s 3rd largest market (behind US & UK).

Full details about Debbies Australian wine tasting on July 31 at