Queen Victoria's Birthday, May 24, 1819
What has the Queen got to do with today's wine?
Let's go back to 1837.
Alexandrina Victoria starts an era in England.
Johann Gramp leaves Bavaria for Australia
where he will start the winery that made
today's Best Buy.
Alexandrina became Queen Victoria in 1837.
She would be the U.K.'s longest ruler...
63 years...known as the Victorian Era.
Johann Gramp would plant one of the early
vineyards in Australia, on Jacob's
Creek...which is the name on today's wine.
The Rest of the Story
Consequently, tonight's birthday toast to one
of the great queens of history will be made with
a Jacob's Creek wine, that's a huge bargain...
'98 Jacob's Creek Shiraz-Cabernet
Rating—HIGHLY RECOMMENDED in its price range.
My Panel's Comments: This unusual blend of Cab
and Shiraz (Syrah) "really works." Subdued
oak provides nice background.
Food Affinities—Pork, lamb, beef...I enjoyed
it with well-seasoned veal.
Contact—Vickie Bello or Marc Gerrone in New Jersey,
phone (973) 233-0900, FAX (973) 233-0901.
For much more about Jacob's Creek, see the
September 3, 1999 WineDay, "A Chic Creek...Travels with Gramp." There was no welcoming committee
for the courageous teenager when he first landed
offshore on Kangaroo Island.
Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history
for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine
courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College.
In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred
with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded
to American wine writers.