I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
The Cellar Door
Tasting at the Cellar Door
Australia has good wine, and with a week in
the country, fitting in a day to taste some Aussie wine seemed a good activity.
I enjoy a good full bodied red, and the Hunter Valley, an area a short way
north west of Sydney and about an hour away from Regis’ cousin’s house, is
renowned for its excellent reds; Shiraz, Merlots, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Shiraz is one of my favorites, and this is the grape this area really excels
at, so this was a good spot to go do some Australian wine tasting. There are
over 150 “Cellar Doors” (Australian for “tasting rooms”), so we had lots to
choose from in Hunter Valley.
Having visited wine regions in Ontario,
California, Spain and of course back home in Nova Scotia, we had some
experience at how vineyards and wineries tend to take over an area,
All About The View
other farms and crops, but the amount of wineries here is amazing. You can
drive down section of road and find winery after winery side by side. Just the
list on the Official Map and Tourist guide is slightly overwhelming . . . so
many wines, so little time . . .
The up-side to so many wineries it that
there is a great deal of competition, so the cellar doors offer mostly free
tastings. After the $8.00 per taste fee in New Zealand this was a pleasant
surprise. Some of the wineries do charge for “Superior” tastings, but the
ordinary samples are free.
Cool Name, Good Wine
We left the choice of wineries up to
“Cousin Wade”, our guide and designated driver, and he chose one he was
particularly fond of, Audrey Wilkinson, but since he admitted that he liked
this winery because of the spectacular views from the main building, I did not
mind offering my method of choosing wineries with cool names, and requested
visiting the “Cockfighter’s Ghost” cellar door I had seen on the way to his
choice. As it happened, both were excellent, with Cockfighter’s Ghost having
the most delicious Shiraz and Audrey Wilkinson having a delicious red blend I
enjoyed enough to purchase a bottle for later.
Ready For The Steak!
Unfortunately, doing wine tasting when
traveling far from home does not allow me to purchase much wine as my suitcase
is stuffed already. I returned from Niagara-on-the-Lake with a trunk full of
wine, but walked away from Hunter valley with only a bottle that will probably
not survive this evening’s Aussie Barbecue.