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The 100 Wine Challenge: #1

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For Christmas a couple years ago my brother gave me a gift that was for wine enthusiasts, which I would consider myself as an amateur, but still an enthusiast nonetheless. Basically, it is a board that you fill up with wine corks and use as a tack board. I thought it was a super cool idea and vowed to fill that bad boy up with wine corks from around the world.

Sadly, I haven’t really been traveling in parts of the world where wine is a hot commodity… until now!

I remember when first planning my rtw travels, I came across 1000wines.org. Their mission was to travel the world and enjoy as many wines as possible – why didn’t I think of that idea first?! I was so jealous and enthusiastically followed the travels of C.J. and Brianne around the globe. Now, its my turn. I’ve decided to start the 100 wine challenge (yeah not quite like the 1000 wine mark they shot for, but hey, its still a ton!), and look, I’ve already tasted number one!

Grant Burge – Barossa Vines Shiraz 2006

Great shiraz with just enough fruit and spice!

wine-01The bottle reads: “This complex shiraz has aromas and flavours of dark berries and cherries, fruit cake and spicy black pepper. The palate is soft and generous with fine grained tannins and a long finish. An excellent accompaniment to char-grilled steaks and casseroles as well as hearty chicken dishes.”

This was a random pick from the local bottleo, but it ended up being a good one. Australia is known for their Shiraz – and I loving them wanted to pick one. I decided against the cheapo bottles and, because I am that classy, partook in a wine double the price while drinking from plastic cups! This wine first has a nice fruity mark, and then the spice hits you a little later. I love wines that give you flavors layered like this. Overall, great wine and would do it again.

My rating: 4.0 stars
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I have loads of plans for Australia, and I wouldn’t mind even spending some time on a vineyard if they would let me help. How cool would that be? Three cheers for wine adventures to come!

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One Response to The 100 Wine Challenge: #1

  1. bethany April 2, 2009 at 7:44 pm #

    Hey! this sounds like a good time! I LOVE wine. It is one of my life goals to own a winery. When my dad was little his job was to stomp the grapes with his feet. My nonna and nunu used to make their own wine. I remember lookiing up wwoofing in Australia and there are a ton of wineries – I’m sure you could find a cool place to work and learn a lot about wines in the process.

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