Sunday, February 18, is National Drink Wine Day! However, that’s not the reason I drink wine. How about you?

The blog, “The Academic Wino,” reports on a study of alcoholic beverage consumption conducted in Australia using participants representing different backgrounds, race, sex, income, and state. Eighty-six percent of participants reported that tastewas the biggest motivator for drinking. Coping or reducing anxiety and drinking to enhance well-being were other common motives reported by participants.

I agree with the 86%. Taste is also my motivation for drinking wine, especially if it accompanies food where the wine and the food complement each other. One good example is Penfolds Bin 8 Cabernet Shriaz blend.

According to wine critic Robert Parker, “The 2011 Bin 8 Cabernet Shiraz is a blend of 62% Cabernet Sauvignon and 38% Shiraz that spends ten months aging in oak comprised of 10% new American barrels and 5% new French barrels. Deep garnet-purple in color, the nose gives aromas of fresh black currant and blackberry, some red currant with undertones of charcoal, dried herbs and pepper with touches of mint. Medium to full-bodied, crisp and taut, it has medium levels of chewy tannins, decent fruit concentration but is a little bitter in the long finish.”

Another reviewer said; “Try it with grilled beef served with a pepper sauce.” In my opinion that would be ace (Australian for very good). So pop into a bottle-o (wine shop) and celebrate with a good bevvie (beverage) of Australian wine because it will likely be bonzer (great). Cheers mate!

Meet Dave during the wine tastings on most Saturday afternoons at Vintages by the Dan, 310 Main Street, Danville.

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