Wine & Spirits

Don't Forget Australia

Yalumba Viognier 2012
Photo by Becca Sabot

Yes, Australia. And no, it’s not just inexpensive jammy shiraz and fruity chardonnay. They’ve been making great wines there for more than 100 years. Selection from McDonald’s Liquor, 5010 34th Ave. S., Mpls., 612-721-6686,

Yalumba Viognier 2012 (South Australia) $12.99


Rich and lush with typical honeysuckle notes, it also has some pineapple with a hint of spicy ginger and makes a nice alternative to chardonnay this summer. Try it with grilled chicken in green curry—it can stand up to big flavors while staying refreshing.

Mitolo Serpico 2008 (McLaren Vale) $59.99

Cabernet sauvignon (Amarone method)

Big, bold, and powerful, this world-class wine is made like Amarone (where they dry out or raisin-ate grapes before fermentation). This intensifies the fruit and adds complexity to the wine. Cellar it or drink it with a deserving friend. Pair it with tangy gorgonzola cheese.

Bill Coy runs Vintage U, which organizes wine tastings, classes, and events for corporate groups, wine enthusiasts, and the general public. Reach him at