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The Winemakers of Oz—NYC Celebrates Aussie Wine Week


In recent years, Australia has sparked the interest of industry experts as an innovative hub for world-class winemaking. This September, the second annual Aussie Wine Week sees New York restaurants and wine shops featuring a wide range of sought-after bottles from classic to contemporary.

Running from Monday, September 10th through Friday the 14th, this celebration of southern hemisphere winemakers will feature far more than Shiraz. From Semillon to Cinsault, Pinot Noir to Pet Nat, adventurous drinkers across Manhattan, the boroughs and even nearby suburbs can discover a broader perspective on Aussie wines at the following locations:

Babu Ji (Union Square)
Acclaimed for its Australian-influenced Indian cuisine, Babu Ji will serve a special Tasting Menu with wine pairings from South Australia and Victoria. Playing off such flavors as tamarind, ginger and curry, Beverage Director Steven Brewer’s selections promise to demonstrate the versatility of Australian wines in complementing complex flavors.
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Banter (Greenwich Village)
As an all-day cafe, Banter provides a relaxed, unpretentious perspective of Australian hospitality. Complementing the restaurant’s fresh, seasonal cuisine, Sommelier Stef D’Orsogna will feature a number of smaller wineries with select happy hour pours and food pairings.
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BLVD Wine Bar (Long Island City)
A favorite waterfront destination for wine, BLVD will offer both by the glass selections and $25 flights of three Australian wines. In particular, drinkers can anticipate a sense of the region’s incredible value for high-quality wines, as curated by Owner Rob Bralow.

Burke & Wills (Upper West Side)
With a menu—and a cellar—expressly designed to celebrate the best of Oz’s eats, this bistro offers a standout selection of Aussie wines year-round. During the week’s celebrations, enjoy a $75 four-course menu with complementary pairings selected for each dish.
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City Winery (SoHo)
Attending a concert downtown? Add a splash of Australian culture to the line-up. Beverage Director Ganna Fedorova promises three by the glass options that demonstrate the diversity of the continent’s varietals, regions and winemaking styles.

The Modern (Midtown)
Having previously run the wine program at a high-end restaurant in Sydney, Master Sommelier Michael Engelmann has created one of the most stunning Australian wine collections found anywhere outside the continent. For an additional cost, guests can add optional pairings to the restaurant’s six- and eight-course tasting menus, featuring both classics and newcomers.
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Corkbuzz (Union Square)
With more than 30+ wines on offer, Master Sommelier Laura Maniec has arranged one of the most extensive opportunities to sample Australian wines at this $75 walkaround tasting. Offerings will range from iconic to esoteric, while guests enjoy the opportunity to mingle with select producers and snack on light bites.
9/13, 6-8pm.
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On Wednesday, September 12th from 5-8pm, dozens of wine shops across the greater NYC area will simultaneously share Oz’s best bottles during a first-of-its-kind Retail Taste-Around.