Written By Guest Writer Libations / Wine Events Jan 26, 2012 Happy #AussieWine Day! SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter PinterestWine Australia is kicking off 2012 with energy and enthusiasm by engaging consumers, media and trade with two events to mark its 224th birthday and the emergence of a new and dynamic Australian wine scene. Taste & Tweet, is an all-day on-line tweet-up on Thursday, January 26, 2012 across North America. Unearth Australia: Pioneers and Superstars, is a Friday evening walkabout consumer event in Vancouver on January 27, 2012.Taste & Tweet: #AussieWine The #AussieWine Taste & Tweet will bring together the online wine community in a marathon discussion of Australian wines throughout the day. Topics range from sparkling wine in the morning, a cool- versus warm-climate smackdown in the afternoon and a fortified discussion right before bed. Over the course of 14 hours, tweeters across North America will crack open bottles of Australian wine and post their comments via #AussieWine. Join the conversation at @apluswines.Full Taste & Tweet Schedule – January 26, 201210:00am-Noon EST Focus on Aussie Bubbles and Whites (7:00am-9:00am PST)Noon-2:00pm EST Focus on Aussie Weird & Wonderful (9:00am-11:00am PST)2:00pm-4:00pm EST Australian Shiraz – Regional Drill Downs (11:00am-1:00pm PST)4:00pm-6:00pm EST Aussie Smack Down – Cool Climate vs. Warm Climate (1:00pm-3:00pm PST)6:00pm-10:00pm EST Regional Exploration around Australia (3:00pm-7:00pm PST)10:00pm-Midnight EST Fortifieds (7:00pm-9:00pm PST) Australia Day Celebration Taste & Tweet precedes a large walkabout celebration taking place on Friday evening, January 27, in Vancouver with event partner House Wine. Unearth Australia: Pioneers and Superstars will present over 120 wines from 37 wineries from across all parts of Australia. A spotlight will be placed on the pioneers and the superstars of the Australian wine industry: from those with a long and awarded history in Australia to those that continue to lead the charge forward into a new chapter for Australian wine.Not-to-be-missed are new wines from Bird in Hand and Cumulus and new-comers Fraser Gallop, Plunkett Fowles and Tscharke. Another key highlight, the Penfold’s Luxury Lounge, will feature their most iconic wines. Raise a glass to Australian wine industry pioneers, Casella, Langmeil, Lindemans, Peter Lehmann, Grant Burge and many others. See www.housewine.ca for a full list of wineries, tickets and information.January 27 7-9pm Harrison Gallery, 901 Homer Street $49 per personRegional wine highlights include:2010 Brokenwood, Semillon, Hunter Valley, $24n/v Buller, Fine Old Muscat, Victoria, $402009 Grant Burge, ‘Filsell’, Shiraz, Barossa, $432007 Greenstone, Shiraz, Heathcote, $392008 Penfolds, ‘Yattarna’, Chardonnay, Tasmania/Adelaide, $1102006 Peter Lehmann, ‘Eight Songs’, Shiraz, Barossa, $452010 Plunkett Fowles, ‘Ladies who Shoot their Lunch’, Riesling, Strathbogie Ranges, $402008 Rosemount, ‘Balmoral’, Syrah, McLaren Vale, $752009 Shaw + Smith, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills, $302005 Tahbilk, ‘Eric Stevens Purbrick’, Cab Sauvignon, Nagambie Lakes, $602009 Wirra Wirra, ‘RSW’, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, $592007 Wolf Blass, Black Label, Cabernet Shiraz, Malbec, Langhorne/Barossa Valley/McLaren Vale, $100Participating Wineries:Banrock StationEvans & TateLindemansTahbilkBird in HandFraser GallopPenfold’sThorn-ClarkeBleasdaleGemtreePeter LehmannTscharkeBrokenwoodGrant BurgePlunkett FowlesWakefieldBullerHardysRingboltWirra WirraChapel HillHeggiesRobert OatleyWolf BlassCumulusHenry’s DriveRosemountXanadud’ArenbergKangarilla RoadShaw + SmithYalumbaDe BortoliLangmeilSt. HallettYellow TailYering StationFor more information on Australian Wines, visit www.apluswines.comAustralia wine SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Guest Writer We get many people writing guest articles for us, as well as past contributors. 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