Now that fashion week is over, I have turned my eye back to other events going on in NYC. My casual perusing of Instagram ended up paying off when I discovered the promo post for Far From Ordinary – An immersive Australian Wine Experience.
It was certainly immersive. Sounds of Australian wildlife greeted us as we headed towards the first wine tasting area and there was even a mound of imported reeds and dirt to set the mood. Some of the wines were as equally earthy, with a variety spanning from standout sparkling to elegant reds.
First up was a Hunter Valley Sémillon, which was crisp and refreshing. From there we moved to the Lodge Hill Riesling which was especially bright in the best of ways and was actually my favorite white of the evening.
Next up was the The Custodian Grenache from McLaren Vale which was a nice medium red with a cherry note to it:
Then we made our way over to sample a Shiraz from Barossa Valley, which was my favorite red of the evening. This was followed by a few sips of the Alpha Box & Dice Tarot Grenache, which definitely had the best label design in my opinion.
We sipped some more before heading to the aroma station where you could sample the main scents present in Australian wines. My favorite had to be eucalyptus followed by raspberry both selling very rich and earthy.
Beside it was a spot where a pianist would come out to play, which had a cool aesthetic in itself, being on top of a richly colored mound of red earth.
We hung around chatting for a bit before trying our last wine of the evening, an Alpha Box & Dice Zaptung sparkling wine with a very photogenic metallic label. It was a nice light end to the night. It makes me wish that more wine producers would band together for tasting events outside of the industry few, allowing the public to learn more about different interesting varieties.