What better way to acquaint yourself with the volcanic landscape and lush forests of New Zealand and the multicultural verve and wild outback of Australia than with some wine? Whether you are dreaming of exploring the vineyards of Auckland and sipping wine harbor-side in Sydney — or are simply in the mood for some wine from Down Under, we have some delicious choices for you. Read on for our sommelier’s top three selections!

Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc

Marlborough, New Zealand

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Winemaker’s Notes | This crisp and vibrant wine has aromas of fresh snow peas, zesty limes, and freshly picked herbs such as thyme and sage. On the palate, juicy acidity is balanced with flavors of melon, passion fruit, and ruby grapefruit, capturing the essence of Marlborough.

Pairing Suggestions | Perfect with any seafood, especially freshly steamed mussels

Available in the Grand Dining Room

Deakin Estate Shiraz

Victoria, Australia

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Winemaker’s Notes | Deep, vibrant red in color. Nose is full of berry fruits including blackberries and mulberries with alluring notes of malt, almond, and mocha. Palate is rich and juicy with ripe dark berry flavors and well-balanced oak. The palate shows good structure with medium tannins and a lingering finish.

Pairing Suggestions | Baked lasagna, hearty beef and stout pie, roasted rack of lamb, or an aged sirloin topped with a red wine sauce

Available in the Grand Dining Room

Yangarra Estate Cadenzia

McLaren Vale, South Australia

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Winemaker’s Notes | This Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre blend is deep red with intense perfume and elegance. The nose is a mix of beetroot, cherries, and crème caramel. Flavors of blackberry, bing cherry, mulberry, plums, nuts, and subdued oak flavors slowly taper off to a lingering finish. The flavors are rich and lush with black fruits and silky tannins. Airing the wine reveals characteristic flavors of dark chocolate, flint, dried roses, and lavender.

Pairing Suggestions | Grilled pepper steak

Available in the Grand Dining Room & Red Ginger

Cheers, mate!