The third Wednesday group in New York, which includes anyone who wants to come to the dinners on the third Wednesday, didn’t actually decide on a theme for November, so I got stuck with the choice since I was not even there in October. In the June 30 issue of The W*** A*******, well known reviewer R***** P***** wrote of a tasting of Australian wines with a bit of age on them, saying that they were generally well-received by a group of Francophiles, and hinting that they had not fallen apart like their detractors had predicted. Since they were sexy fruit bombs in their youth, then they must be voluptuous in their middle age. So let’s find out what we think of them. Vintage range 1996 to 2002 (10 years plus or minus 3). Varieties? Whatever floats your boat, we’ll make up flights depending on what we get.
When: November 18
Where: I’ll follow Cheryl Mills’s lead. Large group - Peking Duck House on 53rd Street. Small group - we’ll figure it out. I really want to do Aussies at Outback Steakhouse and I understand they have $5 corkage, but I didn’t want to listen to all the **** you would give me for that choice. But I could be persuaded if the rest of you are game for an oddball location.
What time: Assemble at 6:30, order food at 7:00 to let the stragglers get there.
Post your interest and wines.
Jay Hack: 2002 Rockbare Chardonnay Reserve as a starter (have you ever had an old Aussie white) and 2000 Frankland Estate Olmo’s Reward (RMP says it’s a St. Emillion look-alike). Or the 2002 Clarendon Hills Shiraz Moritz if it works better with what others bring.
Michael Sopher - 2002 Cimicky Reserve Shiraz.