wine via tinynibbles (nsfw)

Shame they’re not out here…

What’s your ‘Friday drinks’ drink of choice? Mine’s usually a calm glass of wine…


Tim Adams 2003 Cabernet
‘scuse the light, it was a dinner for two moment.

There have been two bottle of the Tim Adams 2003 Cabernet following us around Canberra since Rish began his PhD in 2006. Waiting, “cellaring” in the linen closet, waiting for a celebration.

On Sunday night we went to one of out favourite places in Canberra, La Scala in Garema Place, for a bit of a celebratory dinner. Rish is finished and looking forward to the future, and I’m finished for the semester and looking for breathe for a little bit before the next challenge.

Tim Adams 2003 Cabernet

We took along one of the bottles of Cabernet. The cold cold bottle out of the linen closet. Opened it with a sense of adventure. It could be great, it could be off! Who knows!

Ahh, the beauty of screw caps! We were pleasantly surprised at how well it aged, how well it drank given the conditions it’s been under. We wondered, would we be able to tell had it been a cheaper bottle aged less, or the same bottle and not left for years? Who knows. There’s one more left.

La Scala, Canberra

Our meals were delicious as always. Mine was the Cod special, with mushroom, spinach, baby tomatoes and a pepper and saffron sauce.

La Scala, Canberra

For Rish, the very CHILI veal scallopini. Spicy, as expected.

La Scala, Canberra

Dessert for Rish while I finished the wine, a white chocolate and coffee pana cotta. Delish.

La Scala, Canberra

Then for a coffee and a brainstorm at Babar, as everywhere else was either closed or only had outside tables (on the -6 degree night, no less). Got to people-watch, and do a virtual butchers paper effort. Ahh, ramblings. xx



March 31, 2011 · 8 comments

Yeah! Baby Octopus FTW nomnomnom

Had some friends over the other week for a Steamboat. And a few bottle of wine. And plenty of chatter. Always good fun :)

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Prawn Crackers to nibble on to start while we got the coals heating

Burn, baby, burn

Array of seafood, meat, noodles, veges and tofu

Going fishing!

And the wines:

Side gate riesling
2008 Side Gate Riesling

Clonakilla 2009 Hilltops Shiraz

Rose Hill Durif
The Rose Hill Durif we picked up in Victoria.

Such a social way to have a meal!


I could write about…

January 30, 2011 · 6 comments

The gluten free meal I had on the plane home from Melbourne last night:

Gluten free plane food

Or the complimentary wine:

free wine

Dinner at The Deanery Friday night:

The Deanery, Melbourne

The Deanery, Melbourne

The 5:15am WAKE UP CALL we all got Saturday morning at The Oaks on Market. All 4 rooms of our group. Something wrong there.

Oaks on Market, Room 1605

Or I could just write a few sentences and post some photos. You all cool with that?


Red curry

Red curry

Red curry based on the Gwinganna Cookbook Green Curry recipe.



Decided, as nothing else was planned, we’d get all grown up and actually go to dinner for New Year’s Eve. We HAVE been out of school for 10 years you know ;) So, to Customs House it was, for 4 courses, a view out the window of the fireworks, and awesome company. Oh and more cheap wine :p

New Years Eve - Customs House Newcastle
With my Bellini on arrival.

New Years Eve - Customs House Newcastle
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Our little getaway before Xmas, 3 days in the Beechworth area. Wine tasting, vanilla slices and enjoying the countryside was to be had :)

Beechworth Bakery
Vanilla Slice from the Beechworth Bakery

I’d bought Rish a gift voucher for two nights at Barnsley House in a package that included:

  • 2 night’s weekend accommodation (Fri/Sat or Sat/Sun) in romantic Elizabeth Retreat, with King size spa, open fire, LCD TV
  • Bottle of local wine on arrival
  • Full breakfasts each morning
  • A two course dinner plus glass of wine each at Gigi’s restaurant one evening
  • Antipasto platter from Beechworth Pantry one evening to enjoy in the comfort of Barnsley House
  • 2 x 45 minute relaxation massages at nearby ‘Reflective Soles’

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Headed along to the Rosé Revolution wine tasting at Parlour on Tuesday night.

Canberra Region Rosés.

Of the Canberra wines, I quite enjoyed the Domaine Rogha Crois “Slink Mink”, the Mount Majura Woolshed Creek Pink (Which I have another bottle of to enjoy on the weekend with friends!), Yarrh Wines Rose, the Lerida Estate Pinot Rose (but not the barrel fermented one – I learned from the taste of the two that you can get wooded/unwooded Rose just like you can Chardonnay, and the oak isn’t to my taste!), The Abstainer from Captial Wines was nice too, and their labels always make me smile (I do know many who buy based on the label’s interest).
My little taste buds didn’t appreciate the Gundog Estate Rose, however there were many around me raving about it. Each to his own :D

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Summer Evenings

November 27, 2010 · 5 comments

White wine in the sun

Friday drinks with friends under the trees at Fellows Bar, ANU University House.


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It feels like such a Sunday evening (except, it’s not! and there’s TWO more days in the weekend!), sitting on the couches, reading, listening (well, rocking out to :p) Triple J Hottest 100, Volume 4 (disc one and two… Who else has fond memories of Underground and Pepper??) and making Pizza!

In Brisbane last Saturday night, we had an awesome pizza from Picasso’s on Edward, just down from our hotel.

The Cezanne – lamb marinated in lemon, garlic and oregano with beetroot, olives, crushed chick peas, spinach, pine nuts

Delicious, especially paired with a bottle of wine (Taylor’s Unwooded Chardonnay – I much prefer un-oaked… ) and Tropic Thunder… :D


Their menu is really detailed on the ingredients, too, perfect for recreating and making more pizzas and pastas at home! :p

Our recreation based on their detailed menu!With MUCH less cheese ;)