Monthly Archives: March 2015

Hop yourself to Nagambie over the Easter long weekend for some great wine!

The Easter long weekend is approaching! If you haven’t planned what you’re going to do, here’s one suggestion – a trip up to the Nagambie wine region. I did this little round trip last Easter, and only takes an afternoon. Being autumn, it’s the perfect time of the year to taste and stock up on some great reds, ports and fortified’s in preparation for winter.

 

First stop – Mitchelton Winery

Welcome

Welcome

This winery is about an hour and a half’s drive from Melbourne up the Hume Highway. Driving up the driveway, you will instantly notice the ‘legendary tower’ peaking up above the winery. This tower was designed by architect Ted Ashton in 1974, and has a great lookout at the top across the vineyard. Don’t worry there is a lift up to the top, which is very handy after you’ve completed your wine tastings.

The legendary tower!

The legendary tower!

View from the top

View from the top

 

With a variety of wine on offer, and at many different price points, you will be sure to find a wine that suits you.

 

Tip the Bottle’s top picks:

 

2012 Mitchelton Marsanne

2010 Heathcote Shiraz

2012 Mitchelton Shiraz

2012 The Blend – Cabernet Merlot

 

Got me some wine!

Got me some wine!

Winery lyf

Winery lyf

 

Second stop – Tahbilk

If you ever want to go to a historic vineyard, this is the one to go to. Established back in 1860, the vineyard was taken over by the Pulbrick family in 1925, and has been in the family ever since.

Historic buildings

Historic buildings

On arrival, when driving up the driveway, one of the first things you will see is the old vineyard. It’s enough to get your taste buds excited. Once you hop out of the car, take your time to wander throughout the cellar door, and take in all of the history on offer. See the many bottles of Marsanne dating back years (I can’t remember how many exactly, but there was a lot), and the change in colour as it has aged. Wander down below the tasting area to the old underground cellar and see barrels as old as 100 years!

 

Even Prince Phillip has visited Tabhilk!

Even Prince Philip has visited Tabhilk!

So much wine to taste!

So much wine to taste!

YES!!

YES!!

Once you’ve worked your way through your tastings, wander over to the café, take a seat and relax beside the billabong. I recommend the meat and cheese platter, along with your favourite glass of Tahbilk wine. I can guarantee you will find yourself saying ‘ahh..this is the life’.

 

While you’re there, sign yourself up to their wine club and get yourself some great discounts.

 

 

 

 

Tip the Bottle’s Top picks

2008 Old Block Shiraz

2013 Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre

Grand Tawny

Stocking up

Stocking up

If I don’t speak to you again until Easter, I hope you have a very happy and safe Easter break with some great wine and many chocolate easter eggs.

If you have any fab round trips that you’ve done, please share! I’d love to hear.

 

Until next time winos,

Cheers

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A couple of filly’s on field at Melbourne’s Food and Wine Flemington Grazing Trail

It comes around once a year. The Melbourne Food and Wine show. In its second year running the Flemington grazing trail lays itself out on the grass at Flemington racecourse. Coincidently it also happens to fall on the same day as the Super Saturday horse race.

While it is a race day, dress code is a little more relaxed, taking on a smart, yet more casual style. Basically, anything goes when wandering around in the grazing trail enclosure. As long as you arrive thirsty, with an empty belly and happy vibes you’re in for a great day.

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It’s Phar Lap!

 

On arrival you can kit yourself up with a tasting glass for $20. Getting this little glass in your hand is like getting a pan ready to sift for gold. With this little baby you can wander around freely, tasting whatever you like.

 

If you do come across a fabulous drop of gold, and want to drink the whole bottle, you can! Yep. You can buy the whole bottle to sip on with your friends in the sun, and watch the horse races go by. Brilliant!

 

If you’re looking to buy a few bottles to take home with you from the racetrack, you will have to settle for a ‘buy now, have delivered to your door later’, due to racecourse alcohol restrictions. With the luxury of not having to lug your cartons of wine home yourself, and wineries offering special discounts on the day, it’s a win-win situation really.

 

My Tip the Bottle trifecta of winning wines for the day:

Tip the bottle_Sangiovese

  • With First Place going to Olivers Taranga – Vermintino 2014.  I sneaked in a quick tasting of this wine while I was waiting for my pizza. Refreshing, slight sweetness with citrus tasting notes.

 

tip the bottle_Vermintino

 

What a winning hand!

I only wish they had this grazing trail at every racing day.

Until next time winos,

 

Cheers

 

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