Dan Philips: Sumptuous Shiraz

Dan Philips, wine expert and founder of the Grateful Palate, reviews the history of Australian Shiraz and the foods he likes to pair with it.

Dan Philips, wine expert and founder of the Grateful Palate, reviews the history of Australian Shiraz and the foods he likes to pair with it.

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[MUSIC] No one made bad wine in 02. It was hard to make bad wine in 02 because the numbers just naturally went to where they were supposed to be. It was long, no rain, you had unbelievable balance. But wines that are a little bit more elegant and European in style. So if you have friends coming over for dinner and you wanna impress them with European style Australian wine go to O2 as a vintage. Cira and Shiraz are exactly the same grade. [MUSIC] Exactly the same grape. It is a shiraz or shiraz. I asked that on my very first trip here. There's no kinda dialect or regional dialect that defines how it's said. You hear it every possible way in Australia. You would suspect that because there's a city called Shiraz, that there might be some connection but there's no historic proof of that. There's also some suggestion that a shiraz. Migrated across Europe, dialects changed and Syrah became Shiraz. There's no historic evidence that it is virgin by origin. And why it's called Shiraz in Australia and nowhere else in the world, can't seem to get a clear evidence about that either. Are there any unusual dishes that Shiraz will go with? I'm a very promiscuous eater and drinker so I eat a ton of Chinese, spicy Chinese food and Chinese sea food and as I said one of my favorite Chinese restaurants in Australia [UNKNOWN] and we always bring piles of [UNKNOWN] wine and we'll have it with the spicy deep fried mud crab Mudcrabs might be the greatest crab on the planet. And spiced and broasted, big broasted juicy fruity wines goes really well together. Traditionally, spice is paired with Gewurztraminer or Riesling that's like now historic back 40 or 50 years. The key for me with spice is big flavor. Those wines had big flavor people don't realize cuz you think of reasoning and virtue as being white wine but alzation diversity to me was not a white wine it was a big rich wine. You need tons of fruit to balance the spice and that can be with a red wine as well. For me there are no rules in eating and drinking. You know I don't typically pair food and wine, I just open up whatever I feel like opening up and see what happens. [MUSIC]
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Dan Philips: Sumptuous Shiraz


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