We used a Groupon deal (still available as of writing this) to go to Inner City Winemakers in Wickham for a (private, because there was noone else there and it was cold and miserable outside) wine tasting that came with cheese and a couple of discounted bottles to take home (and are sitting waiting for an excuse to drink them, like, you know, I get a job or something!)
We went through the progression from sparking, to white, red and then finished with a WONDERFUL Tokay (grapes from Rutherglen, which I’ve decided is a MUST for an Australian Tokay) straight from the barrel that I will be purchasing for Christmas.
Some wonderful wines, with the reds made onsite, the whites in the Hunter, from grapes sources from the Hunter, Orange and New England (Tenterfield!)
The Street Art Series wines are both wonderfully full of flavour and have such delightful labels – again, great gifts for fathers day or Christmas!
We went home with the Cabernet Merlot and the Sangiovese Shiraz, though if finances allowed there would have been a bubbly and a Tokay in there!!
Inner City Winemakers
28 Church Street
Wickham, NSW 2293
Phone: 02 4962 3545
Road tripped to Tamworth for the weekend, and included an impromptu (as in “Look! Cheese Shop!”) stopover at the Hunter Belle Cheese shop on the New England Highway just outside Muswellbrook.
We picked up their three cheese pack with fig compote and wafer biscuits ($17), and continued on the road til we pulled over at Burning Mountain for wine (brought from Newcastle) and cheeses.
Improvising with a blade out of the toolbox, we nommed down those cheeses, while looking out over the view.
The blue was nice and hard and sharp. Perfect with the Poet’s Corner Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon we were drinking straight from the bottle.
Next up was the herbed cheese – thyme was the major flavour – reminding me of Bruce’s garlic and herb bread. It had a crumbly texture reminiscent of a sharp Mersey Valley cheese.
The brie by itself was underwhelming, but teamed with the fig compote, omg! Yum!
How good is cheese? Who makes your favourite?
(a soundtrack to this post…..)
In no particular order, other than the tabs open in my browser…..
- Why do we care about Peter Greste and co’s ridiculous trial an imprisonment? Well, let’s see, if a white Aussie male can’t get justice, who can in this world? (or the Egyptian world anyway). In six months, the current regime will be the terrorists. Not saying the Muslim Brotherhood aint, I just know that in a world of suss elections and coups, the hero becomes the villain quickly. Especially when there is a silence put on freedom of press and information neither getting to the people of that country or the outside world. Peter Greste being imprisoned is not just about a few journalists being in jail, it’s about all the abhorrent things that a government or military can do when there is no-one there to report on it.
- 152 people are on a boat in distress nearing Christmas Island. Maritime code would say if anyone is nearby, you suck up the day or so out of your schedule and you pick these poor people up and feed them til you hit the next port. But that isn’t how it works once Australia is involved, hey Tampa crew? No, we figure that since they made it all the way from their persecution in Sri Lanka or India to “our” waters, clearly we can push back that boat. You know, because a 50/50 chance of torture is still good odds once they make it back.
- I used to have issues when the cops were called to assist with “behaviour management” at a special high school I visited….. no wonder these children were terrified enough to run away after their classmates go taken to immigration detention. These kids watch the news, they know the next step is offshore processing or self-immolation. I’d hide too.
- Franz Ferdinand married for love. So cool. Here’s a lemon that looks like a hand from one of their palaces in Vienna….
- Six months without income is insane.
- There better not be a wine shortage in Newcastle after this truck fire on the M1 today!
What’s on your mind today?
I feel like such a wuss, wearing a beanie in Newcastle in May, when Canberra is my beanie and scarf collection’s spiritual home.
- Death :: Star
- Skirt :: hem
- Lust :: for life
- You :: and me
- Repeat :: over and over
- Exhaustion :: done
- Obstruction :: destruction
- Secret :: society
- Shiny :: happy people
- Tell :: me more
You mean I have to drink wine everyday with these glasses? Good thing they’re my sister’s! We moved her into a new place with the kids, and she fed us wine and pizza…
Double sausage pizza and a free dessert pizza – Black Forest crumble – from Crust. I didn’t have the sweet one but the savoury was awesome.
Because I am so behind in so many ways
Baked Camembert. At the Blog Chicks meet this month at the South Sydney Graphic Arts Club which was very much Workers Club not hippie arts centre!
Smirnoff Coconut and Pineapple. Though you can’t taste the pineapple. The Honey one is foul, though :/
Cooking for people other than just myself
With Hello Kitty pasta and Bertolli olive oils
Fish and chips.
Breakfast at Frankie’s Place on Darby
Meat. This was at Lowenbrau on the weekend for the lovely Kazza’s 40th :) mmm meaty.
Colourful socks and tights
Hello Kitty body sprays
I received my ticket to the Good Food and Wine Show from Chobani. It is, like, the most awesome Greek yoghurt out there. Seriously.
I was supposed to go with friends to the Good Food and Wine show. But they were sicked with the cold that’s been going around, and only let me know an hour before we were meant to meet *sadface* So, I was left to wander and sample on my own. Here are my thoughts…
Ahem…. Maybe I don’t share my thoughts on that pic ;)
Skinny Girl Cocktails were vamping it up, with skinny girls in mini skirts, and offering samples of their cocktails and also massages (not that I could be bothered waiting!). The Margarita was good. Ready to drink, with some rimming salt ;)
I dabbled in some Avocado oil. Hmmm… Think I’ll stick with Olive for the price…
There was a crapload of cider for sampling. Of which I tried none :(
I had a good chat to the people of Rowie’s Cakes about how great it was that they were supplying to the Qantas QFML and VGML range :) And their ANZAC bikkies were awesome.
333s Gherkins and I go way back….
Can I have the Ritter Sport Bag?????? Please???
Then there was a stand that made me miss Hannah :/
Mmm Conscious Chocolate…
And coffee… Sweet sweet coffee…
Decided that, as I had enforced leave between Xmas and NYE anyway, I might as well head down to Canberra, a place I had never been during that period of time when I HAD lived there. Always part of the exodus.
Booked myself a lovely room at the Mantra on Northbourne. Top floor, nice view. King bed. HOT shower :)
And walking distance from Civic. Which meant I could easily catch up with friends for dinner or drinks :)
First stop was coffee with the darling Hannah to catch up on life.
Dinner one night I caught up with Mike at Wagamama. Noodles! Sake!
Even went and watched a movie. Must have been on holidays!
Spent my middle day sitting in Glebe Park. Breathing. Relaxing. Chilling. Napping ;)
(I got sunburnt. In the shade! Bloody hell!)
Stalked down Pia (ooh Wikipedia page) for a quick catch up at Gus’s.
Of course, a few glasses of Canberra region wine were consumed ;)
Don’t do it! Pinot noir should be from NZ, or Canberra. Or the Victorian highlands. Oh or Tassie.
Not Cessnock. Seriously.
Bubbly on arrival? I’m your girl!
Twas a miserable Sydney evening. Rain, scary on the roads, rocky on the Ferry, but somehow the five of us made it to Moo at Manly to try some of their awesome burgers.
Somehow I made it there about 6:45pm, for a 6pm start! I JUST missed the ferry that would have gotten me to Manly at six. It wasn’t to be.
To start was chips, and the Wagyu burger. Mine on the gluten free bun. (17 of their 20 burgers can be done gluten free!!) Us girls trying to figure out how much to eat to have room for the rest! The onions were sweet, the patties devine!!!!
The others had some Moo Pale Ales ($8.50) with their burgers. I stuck with the bubbles ;)
Then arrived a selection of milkshake samples. I drank this one, the Cow in Mud – because it was Baylies and Frangelico and other awesome cocktail ingredients ;) Yes, I paid for it later!!!
Then came the roo burger, which an American friend had tried and recommended the other weekend. It was nice, but I concentrated on the yummy beetroot relish and the pattie as I was sooooo full at this point!
A dessert of ‘Mookies’ was brought out… with gooey dark and white chocolate, baked on the day. The other girls shared one and we all took some home. I met a friend for drinks on the way home and he was happy with my cookie offerings!
Ginger beer for wary stomachs on the road! (or ferry!)