Until recently, we liked Pinot Grigio, but we didn’t love it. But then we tasted wine from the master, Pinot Grigio Specialist Albino Armani in Italy. Now we love it. At a webinar with this Pinot Grigio expert, we discovered that the name Albino Armani has its roots in 400 years of passion for wine. Hence, the full name, Albino Armani Viticoltori dal 1607. Today, his family owns five estates, comprising of 330 hectares of vineyards. The wines are divine. And they’re available in the U.S. Read on to learn more.
Earlier this month, we were invited to a virtual tasting of a new wine brand, Two Lands by Jacob’s Creek – a winemaking collaboration between Jacob’s Creek chief winemaker Bernard Hickin and award-winning Napa winemaker Ehren Jordan.
The branding of this new line of wines, launched exclusively in the U.S., says it all: “Two Lands: California craftsmanship meets Australian character. Harnessing the power of collaboration to bring together the best of both worlds”
This new venture merges Australian and Californian winemaking into four satisfying bottles of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Our favorites were the Pinot Grigio and the Shiraz, both sourced with South Australia fruit.
2014 Two Lands Pinot Grigio
This refreshing, crisp summer sipper makes us think of lazy days on the deck. With beautiful flavors of apple, peach and citrus, this wine is rich, smooth and very rounded; it would pair well with icy prawns or some good cheddar. Jacob’s Creek recommends it with seafood chowder.
2013 Two Lands Shiraz
We became super fans of Shiraz after wine tasting in Adelaide during our trip to Australia a year ago. Two Lands Shiraz is medium-bodied and flavorful, with big ripe fruit, a lovely mouthfeel and a long, dry finish. It’s still young, so be sure to decant it for a few hours. This is definitely a food wine – think of BBQ ribs or a savory stew.
Each bottle is priced at $13.99, a testament to the notion that wine does not have to be expensive to be good.
Many thanks to Jacob’s Creek for the samples and including us in this digital tasting.
Margot and Dave