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A Classic Australian Red with Christmas Stuffing

Jim Barry Shiraz Clare Valley The Armagh 2002
Harvey Steiman
Posted: January 7, 2011

For Christmas, my daughter pleaded, could we please have turkey stuffing made without nuts or bell peppers? She can’t eat those ingredients, and she had been thinking about stuffing ever since Thanksgiving. She had to avoid the wonderful stuffing made with green peppers our friends served at the Thanksgiving dinner we attended. Since it was just she, my wife and I for Christmas, I didn’t want to roast a whole turkey, so I got a quart of turkey broth made at my local grocery and used it in a simple stuffing of leeks, herbs and green apples to bake separately from a turkey breast.

Finding a wine match is easy with these flavors. They open the door to virtually anything in the cellar, from delicate white wines to rich reds. I found a bottle of Jim Barry Shiraz Clare Valley The Armagh 2002, one of my wife’s favorites, and it did not disappoint. The vivid balance, with lively acidity typical of the 2002 vintage in South Australia, played against expansive flavors of cherry, blackberry, licorice, warm slate and a shelf full of exotic spices. The wine had grandeur, depth and pinpoint balance. 95 points, non-blind, a true classic Aussie Shiraz.

Not only was it lovely with the turkey and leek-apple dressing, but those licorice notes in the wine found a terrific affinity with a side dish of fresh fennel bulb simmered in buttermilk. members: Get scores and tasting notes for more recently rated Australian Shiraz, along with our quick list of Top Values among Australian Shiraz.

Member comments   10 comment(s)

Chris A Elerick — Orlando, FL —  January 7, 2011 10:12am ET


You are my favorite editor on the Spectator staff and I have tremendous respect for your food and wine knowledge and passion. I know this is nitpicky and borderline rude, but when you write, "Since it was just she, my wife and I for Christmas," your pronouns for your daughter and you are incorrect. It should be, "Since it was just her, my daughter and me for Christmas." You wouldn't say "it was just I for Christmas," and you wouldn't say "it was just she for Christmas."

Again, I mean no offense. It's just a pet peeve of mine.

Tim Schultheiss — Monrovia CA —  January 7, 2011 1:19pm ET

Wow, dead wrong.

Chris A Elerick — Orlando, FL —  January 7, 2011 1:43pm ET

Am I dead wrong?

Chris A Elerick — Orlando, FL —  January 7, 2011 2:00pm ET

Turns out I am wrong. The way you wrote it is preferred. My apologies. Either way, sounds like a great wine.

Adam Bremer — nashville, TN —  January 7, 2011 2:18pm ET

its ok chris.. i think everyone enjoyed that little exchange :)

Angela Medeiros Slade — Oakland, CA  —  January 7, 2011 2:55pm ET

Well, I just really enjoyed reading Harvey's review of the Jim Barry Armagh - it's a gorgeous wine, crafted with love by the Barry family. Sounds fantastic with the Chrismas meal. I wouldn't mind seeing a recipe for that stuffing!

Michael Liebling — Maryland —  January 9, 2011 8:22pm ET

Woops! Didn't realize I logged onto Grammar Spectator. Silly me! ... @Chris - My guess is even Strunk and White would enjoy the blog post, regardless of pronouns! Cheers!

Harvey Steiman — San Francisco, CA —  January 10, 2011 3:17pm ET

I could have short-circuited this whole discussion by writing "Since the Christmas dinner only needed to feed three of us," but where would the fun be for grammar wonks?

Chris A Elerick — Orlando, FL —  January 11, 2011 9:21am ET

again harvey, i feel like a complete moron. if there is any silver lining in me making an arse of myself, it's that a) i learned something new about pronouns, and b) i will now seek out jim barry wines. please accept my most humble apologies for hijacking your thread. i deserve to be ridiculed, but as always you were the consummate gentleman and were very gracious. i would have humbly accepted, "nanny nanny boo boo" followed by a wet rapsberry!!

Harvey Steiman — San Francisco, CA —  January 11, 2011 11:00am ET

As Jim Barry himself would have said, no worries, mate.

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