It was another relaxing evening of wine and dine at Coronado Community Center, featuring varieties from Australia paired with similar local cuisine.
Cork and Bottle’s specialist, Bill Lamoureux, was on hand to greet guests with a glass of Andove Zibibbo Sparkling Moscato and guide them through wines especially chosen for the evening. Cuisine was prepared by Rich Wittman Catering and served with each matched wine.
The first course, Australian meat pie, was accompanied by the red 19-Crimes. Lamoureux elucidated the unusual name. It began as a punishment for specific crimes. Britons who committed those specific offenses were transported to Australia and there subjected to producing wines.
Corks in each bottle had inscriptions of the crime committed. This particular vintage was deep red with bold, strong flavor and hits of sweet blackberry.
The second course was Lollipop Chop (rack of lamb chop) and beef medallion lightly glazed with Cabernet/merlot mushroom sauce. Wine offered was Greg Norman Cab/merlot. This variety opened with light vanilla notes and graced the palate with juicy berries and clove.
The third featured wine was Jacobs Creek Riesling, accompanying sticky toffee date pudding. The Riesling carried a crisp citrus undertone.
 Finishing the evening’s savoring was a cheese and fruit plate, along with D’Arenberg Stump Jump Chard wine. The aromatic start finished with oak-tendered texture.
“We’ve been to all of these events and we sincerely enjoy the wine, food and friends we meet. We always look forward to having such a good time,” said Larry and Sheryl Johnson.
Locals Al and Jeanie Brandeberry, natives of Australia, were proud to bring Geoff Hodsdon, a Perth native, along with his wife, Cindy, to the table. The Hodsdons recently moved to Hot Springs Village. “This is a table of Australian natives enjoying a taste of home,” said Jeanie.
The next World Tour of Wines will feature Chile and is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 19.
For more information and tickets, go to or call Coronado Center at 922-5050.