AG Pick: Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier 2013

In honor of Australian #ShirazWeek, the AG is sharing a great new find: the 2013 Shiraz-Viognier from Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier. It comes from Victoria, an appellation in southeast Australia that is marked by its cool climate.

Terlato Chapoutier Shiraz ViognierThe wine is a partnership of Napa Valley vintner Tony Terlato and renowned French winemaker Michel Chapoutier. It’s a pairing that combines New World savvy and Rhône expertise for a crowd-pleasing and food-friendly wine.

You may be asking, what is Viognier, a white wine grape, doing in a red wine? It’s a tradition that comes from France’s Côte-Rôtie region. A small percentage of Viognier helps to soften the taste and texture of the wine, and adds fruity and floral characteristics.

This wine is 95% Shiraz and 5% Viognier. The grapes were destemmed and fermented in cement or stainless steel tanks, and aged entirely in tanks. This helps to give the wine bright and bursting berry flavors. Cherry and blackberry pie mix with spicy black pepper, nutmeg and a hint of violet. Soft tannins and good acidity make it a great wine for a range of pasta, vegetable and meat dishes.

A bonus is the price tag of under $20. A bottle of the Domaine Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz-Viognier costs approximately $17.99.

14.5% alcohol

Australian Shiraz Week is taking place on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram from February 21st through March 1st. Join the conversation using #ShirazWeek and learn more at www.aussiewine2015.com.

College Park Restaurant Week, March 14 – 22

Make your reservations for the second annual College Park Restaurant Week.

From Saturday, March 14th through Sunday, March 22nd, thirteen of the city’s restaurants will offer special lunch and dinner menus for $9, $19 or $29 per person, exclusive of tax, gratuity and alcohol.

College Park Restaurant WeekParticipating restaurants include Brake Pad, The Corner Grille, The Feed Store, La Pasadita Taqueria, The Manchester Arms, Palio, The Pecan, The Pig & The Pint, Simon’s Steak & Seafood, Southside Lounge, Tasty Taste, Tony Morrow’s BBQ and Voya Bistro.

The restaurant week is presented by Meet College Park Georgia, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, which aims to generate economic development by effectively marketing the community as a preferred tourism, convention and meeting destination.

While maintaining a small town feel, College Park Georgia is home to the world’s busiest airport and Georgia’s second largest convention facility, and the headquarters of Chick-fil-a and Sysco. For more information visit www.meetcpga.com.

Presenting sponsors of College Park Restaurant Week are The City of College Park, Atlanta Eats and UBER.

College Park Restaurant Week, Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 22, 2015.

Twin Smokers BBQ

Twin Smokers Brings BBQ to Downtown Atlanta

With the arrival of Twin Smokers BBQ, there’s now a restaurant for any craving in Downtown Atlanta.

The barbecue and bourbon spot in the Luckie Marietta District is the latest restaurant from Legacy Restaurant Partners, owners of nearby Der Biergarten, Game-X, Max’s Coal Oven Pizzeria and STATS.

Twin Smokers offers a casual setting that focuses on the food. You place your order at the counter. Tables offer street views or views of the twin smokers – named Elizabeth and Matthew after the owner’s children. While you’re waiting you can check out the “Wood Library,” the restaurant’s collection of Texas mesquite, hickory, white oak and post oak used in the smokers.

Twin Smokers

Daily the chicken, pork and sausages are smoked over hickory and white oak in Elizabeth, and the beef is smoked over Texas mesquite and post oak in Matthew. Using traditional smoking techniques with some modern technology (the smokers have electric thermostats to control the temperature), everything comes out just right.

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Southern Gentleman

A Twist on Tradition at The Southern Gentleman

A tip of the hat to The Southern Gentleman, the new restaurant offering traditional favorites with a modern twist in the Buckhead Atlanta development.

The southern influenced gastropub is the place to go for a post work drink or dinner with friends. You’ll find a chef-driven menu with locally sourced ingredients in a laid back yet sophisticated setting.

Bourbon fans – and those hoping to discover what makes bourbon so good – will love the cocktail menu. Try the East of Hudson, The Southern Gentleman’s take on a Manhattan, or that week’s Barrel Aged Cocktail. If you want your whiskey without all the fuss, there’s a list of more than 80 kinds of bourbon, rye and Scotch. There’s also a selection of draft and bottled beer, and wine by the glass and bottle.

Southern Gentleman cocktails

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