A Night of Two Hemispheres (Tasting #16)

************************************************A Flying Winemaker is coming to a store near you. I think the whole concept of making wine on two hemispheres is fascinating but I have never met anyone who actually thought it was interesting. It is hard to visualize the reversing of the seasons? Australian wines always confused me and I am glad Penfolds is mentioned since I have been to several of the winery’s tastings but have ordered more New Zealand than Aussie for restaurant lists. I have found Australians to be far more enthusiastic about the wines from down under than any other region except some French people I met. I am sure it will be a fun event.

Daryl Groom

A Night of Two Hemispheres

Host: Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
Type: PartyBar Night
Network: Global
Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Time: 4:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant
Street: One Ferry Building, Shop 23
City/Town: San Francisco, CA

Enjoy a topsy turvy night of wines from two hemispheres with Daryl Groom. Join us on Wednesday, July 29th, from 4:30-7:30pm, when we welcome Daryl Groom, owner and winemaker of Groom Wines, DXG, and Foggy Bridge to our Wine Bar. You will have to practice swirling your wine glass counter clockwise when Daryl prresents his wines from down under. One must respect the coriolis effect. Daryl is above all a fun guy to have around, but more importantly, he is a heck of a winemaker. He makes wine on two continents in different hemispheres. He is essentially an Australian winemaker, born and bred down under, but has made many wines for years in California as well. He was the winemaker for the prestigious Penfolds line of wines for years, including the legendary Grange Hermitage. He is now also making wines in Washington State, so he gets around quite a lot.

On this special evening, Daryl will be presenting a line up of his Groom wines from Australia, a lovely Cabernet from his DXG project, and a Pinot Noir from the legendary Bien Nacido Vineyard from his Foggy Bridge label. It should prove to be a pretty tasty evening. Having Daryl Groom at Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant to guide us through the evening will make it even more entertaining and enlivening. All of this for only $20. What a bargain!

The featured wines are served as two ounce glasses. If you find a favorite, they are also offered as full glasses. The wines will be available for retail sales as well while supplies last…

The cost of the flight will be $20 and will include the following wines:

2009 Groom Wines Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills
(retail: $19.50, 5oz. glass $8.25)

2006 Foggy Bridge Bien Nacido Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara
(retail: $38, 5oz. glass $12.75)

2008 Groom Wines Bush Block Zinfandel , Barossa Valley

(retail: $28, 5oz. glass $10.25)

2006 DXG Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
(retail: $39, 5oz. glass $13)

2007 Groom Wines Shiraz, Barossa Valley
(retail: $37.50, 5oz. glass $12.75)

Stay tuned for upcoming events at both of our stores:

At Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, SF
Wednesday, August 5th, The ‘Two Crazy Garys, Gary Pisoni & Gary Franscioni. ROAR, Pisoni, and Garys’ Vineyard Wines!!!!

At Oxbow Wine Merchant, Napa
Thursday, August 13th, Margaret Duckhorn, Duckhorn Winery, Napa Valley


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