The liquor store around the corner stopped carrying my favorite value Garnarcha a couple of months ago. At first, I wasn’t happy to lose my go-to wine because it made for a quick in and out of the store, and I always knew I’d be happy with what I brought home.

Then I realized that it was a chance to broaden my options at the small store, and I’ve been trying various bottles and varietals in the $10-$12 range for a few weeks. I’ve had hits and misses. Australia’s Jacob’s Creek Two Lands Shiraz is one of the hits.

Two Lands is a collaboration between Jacob’s Creek’s winemaker Bernard Hickin and California’s Failla Wines’ winemaker Erhen Jordon. According to Jacob’s Creek’s website, Jordon traveled to Australia in 2013 to help “create a range of premium and totally unique Australian wines that marry Californian winemaking craft with Australian varietal character.” The Two Lands label offers four varietals: shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay and pinot grigio.

As I strolled the aisles of my liquor store earlier this week trying to choose a wine, the Two Lands label caught my eye. Although I’m familiar with Jacob’s Creek, I’d never noticed it before. Now I know, after a little research on Wine Spectator, that Two Lands wasn’t released until early this year and that’s why I’d never seen it before.

I knew whatever bottle I bought I would be pairing with one of my favorite flatbread combinations — leftover steak, blue cheese and aged balsamic — so I chose the shiraz hoping it would be a complement. It was. To me, the Two Lands Jacob’s Creek Shiraz was a little smoky with ripe berry flavors and cocoa. The wine improved with decanting, as many good value reds do. The cocoa that was prominent when I first poured it into a glass became mellower after decanting, and all the prominent flavors of the wine softened together. The wine was still bold, but the flavors evened out after decanting.

Jacob’s Creek is committed to environmental sustainability with its operations.

From our vineyards to packaging and distribution, we implement a broad range of initiatives when making and distributing our wines to ensure we are supporting the environment we operate in. We also work hard at ensuring our partner vineyards, growers and suppliers are as dedicated as we are.
You can go to the Jacob’s Creek website for more detail about their broad range of environmental initiatives.

Jacob’s Creek Two Lands Shiraz has a suggested retail price of $14 a bottle. I paid $10.99 at my local store.

Wine, beer and spirits disclaimer: I am not paid by any producer of wine, beer or spirits to write about their product, although the company may provide me with a sample of the product. I am not a professional reviewer of wine, beer or spirits. I'll write about the product if it's something that I like and if I think the producer is working toward making the product in an environmentally friendlier fashion.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.