Happy #AussieWine Day!

Wine 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, 2012

10:00am-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
Harrison Gallery, 901 Homer Street
$49 per person

Regional wine highlights include:

  • 2010 Brokenwood, Semillon, Hunter Valley, $24
  • n/v    Buller, Fine Old Muscat, Victoria, $40
  • 2009 Grant Burge, ‘Filsell’, Shiraz, Barossa, $43
  • 2007 Greenstone, Shiraz, Heathcote, $39
  • 2008 Penfolds, ‘Yattarna’, Chardonnay, Tasmania/Adelaide, $110
  • 2006 Peter Lehmann, ‘Eight Songs’, Shiraz, Barossa, $45
  • 2010 Plunkett Fowles, ‘Ladies who Shoot their Lunch’, Riesling, Strathbogie Ranges, $40
  • 2008 Rosemount, ‘Balmoral’, Syrah, McLaren Vale, $75
  • 2009 Shaw + Smith, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills, $30
  • 2005 Tahbilk, ‘Eric Stevens Purbrick’, Cab Sauvignon, Nagambie Lakes, $60
  • 2009 Wirra Wirra, ‘RSW’, Shiraz, McLaren Vale, $59
  • 2007 Wolf Blass, Black Label, Cabernet Shiraz, Malbec, Langhorne/Barossa Valley/McLaren Vale, $100

Participating Wineries:

Banrock StationEvans & TateLindemansTahbilk
Bird in HandFraser GallopPenfold’sThorn-Clarke
BleasdaleGemtreePeter LehmannTscharke
BrokenwoodGrant BurgePlunkett FowlesWakefield
BullerHardysRingboltWirra Wirra
Chapel HillHeggiesRobert OatleyWolf Blass
CumulusHenry’s DriveRosemountXanadu
d’ArenbergKangarilla RoadShaw + SmithYalumba
De BortoliLangmeilSt. HallettYellow Tail
Yering Station

For more information on Australian Wines, visit www.apluswines.com

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