Jack’s interest in wine started when his great uncle Mick (from Adelaide Australia) explained the history of South Australian wines. In the years since Jack has visited countless wineries in Australia, France, Portugal and USA. Providing a consumer’s perspective, Jack has been an invited guest panelist and regular speaker at wine events – and as co-director of a wine tasting group, that group’s member list has grown to over 1,600 enthusiasts.
Most recently, Jack was invited to be one of the Regional Advisors to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Wine and Spirits Advisory Council. The PLCB is one of the largest purchasors of wine and spirits in the world.
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Love the blog !
Really sorry we missed that last Off-the-Grid event — the food/wine pairings looked fabulous! I’ll never forget the last event we attended where I discovered (as a novice wine lover) the big difference wine and food pairing makes (I didn’t like the wine until the food it was paired with was served). Thanks, Jack.
Impressive journals – I would love to try some outstanding Aussie wines at your recommendation – in the $20+ category, not over extracted, with nice refined (low) tannins. Where do I look in Pittsburgh amongst this massive body of work?
Hello Andrew – thanks for joining the wine-conversation! Regarding some Australian Red recommendations, this is a pretty subjective area since everyone has different taste, but below are areas/wines that I seek. Hope that will be useful. Most PA specialty stores have a ‘decent’ selection of large production Aussie wines, but to get the really good stuff you may have to go to Australia!
Tasmanian Whites, Pinot Noir and Sparkling – due to the smallest State having generally small wineries, not much of their luscious production gets to the US, but there are some gems that do such as: Pirie, 42Degrees South, Frogmore Creek, and Jansz
West Australian (including Margaret River and Great Southern Regions) Cabernet and Whites: Leeuwin Cab Chard and Riesling, Woodlands, Gralyn, Vasse Felix, Hay Shed, WISE, Voyager
South Australia Shiraz and Blends: Anything from d’Arenberg, Bremerton, Dry Rieslings from Clare and Eden Valley, Yalumba, Penfolds, Grant Burge, Turkey Flat, Clarendon Hills, Henschke, Peter Lehmann, Jim Barry, Langmeil, Torbreck
Hunter Valley: Semillon and other whites: Brokenwood, DeBortoli, Peterson
Excellent recommendations – Thanks Jack. Check this out: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/10183213/Million-bottles-of-Australian-wine-to-be-poured-down-the-drain.html