A Taster's Journey is a newsletter on food, wine and travel. After 15 years of studying, tasting, teaching, and selling wine, I created this newsletter to not only share my passion about wine, but of food and travel as well. Each month I hope to share wines that I am drinking, food that is in season, restaurants that I have enjoyed, and places I have traveled. Enjoy!"

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Wine Of The Month: Peter Lehmann Shiraz ’01 ($19) Barossa Valley, Australia

April 22nd, 2005

The wines of the Barossa Valley in Australia are big, full bodied wines with rich fruit, and Peter Lehmann produces a great wine reflecting that style. It is a dark red color with an aroma of red plums and ripe berries. This shiraz is a rich, textured wine with intensely concentrated fruit. Although full bodied and packed with flavor, the tannins are soft making the wine very approachable at this young age. I have been drinking the Peter Lehmann Shiraz for several years, and have found the quality consistently high, and from what I read the 2002 vintage will be another winner. Although this wine can be cellared for 5 years, I enjoy drinking it young. I think this Shiraz pairs well with steak, lamb burgers, pizza, and anything cooked on the grill. Enjoy!

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