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Melbourne Food and Wine Festival – Dal Zotto Wines

In Australia there are over 2,400 wineries. In Victoria alone there’s just over 700 wineries – the most of any state in Australia. Go Victoria! (Sorry other states!)

So many wineries, so many wines to taste!

 

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Thankfully, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival helped us out in tasting some of Victoria’s best wineries in a one-stop-shop at the City Cellar showcase, on the banks of the Yarra River. While there were many brilliant wineries on show, there was one standout for me – Dal Zotto Wines.

 

 

Dal Zotto Wines is located in the King Valley region of Victoria. This region is approximately a 3 hours drive from Melbourne up the Hume freeway, nestled at the base of the Alpine National Park .

What makes King Valley unique is not only the amazing mountainous region it’s surrounded by, but also it’s migrant heritage. Many Italian migrants settled in the King Valley back in the 1940’s and 50’s. Along with the migrants came many European wine varieties including Pinot Grigio, Tempranillo, Barbera, and the infamous Prosecco. In fact, the King Valley can be considered Australia’s home of the Prosecco.

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There’s no place like home for Prosecco than the King Valley 

 

Dal Zotto Wines prides itself on its family values and heritage. With Dal Zotto founder Otto Dal Zotto being the planter of the first vine of Prosecco in the country, why wouldn’t you be?!

Who better to shine through these family values than Patrick, Dal Zotto’s colourful salesman. As soon as you meet Patrick, his energy and love of wine is infectious. Not to mention his love of food. He took us through each of their wines they had for tasting, and explained the flavour and characteristics of each. He even recommended using their Prosecco to make a mojito! Wow this guy loves to experiment. Something I’ll need to try out.

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Patrick!

 

If you do ever see the Dal Zotto Wines stand at any of the numerous wine shows that pop up in and around the country, be sure to drop by and say hi to Patrick!

 

 

My final take home picks of the day were:

Dal Zotto Wines Rosato 2013

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When you come across a Rosé as good as this one, pick it up and take it home with you. You’ll have no second thoughts or regrets.

 

Dal Zotto Wines Pinot Grigio 2015

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A classic Italian variety that stays true to how a Pinot Grigio should be – Crisp, fruity, with a clean refreshing finish.

 

Until next time winos,

Cheers

 

 

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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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Gibsons Wine Bar and Two Red Wines

This little corner bar has been a hit with the locals for a longtime, me included.

Gibsons Wine Bar is its name.gibsons wine bar hawthorn

Each time I step in to Gibsons, I immediately feel at home. Suffice to say, while I don’t have racks and racks of wine lined up in my home, it’s the friendly and welcoming atmosphere that gives it its homely feeling.
With an extensive range of wine on offer, you have the option of either picking out a bottle from the rack and/or fridge, or selecting a glass of wine from the wine list on offer. Not only do they stock wine, but they also stock a range of beers, ciders and spirits to cater for everyone. Perfect if you’re having a drink with a non-vino drinker!
With the drinks  sorted,  you can also order a side of olives, cheese or bread and dips; and if that doesn’t suit, you can even order takeaway to be delivered to you in the bar from local nearby places, just like you can do at home. 
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2 glasses I recently drank at Gibsons, and loved were
A full bodied oaky red, with tasting notes of dark berries and licorice.
This particular wine was quite rich and robust. So much so, that it was definitely a wine for slow drinking, compared to a typical Shiraz that I’m used to.
James Halliday rated this wine 92/100
Who’s James Halliday you ask? Google him. He’s one of Australia’s leading wine writers and critics. If you see a great review and rating by him, then you’re on to a winner.

 

Epsilon Shiraz BarossaEpsilon Shiraz Barossa – $10 a glass
A medium bodied red, with tasting notes of berry and chocolate.
While not as rich and robust as the Tatiara, this Shiraz was a pleasure to drink.
James Halliday rated this wine 94/100

 

To accompany the wine, my friend and I ordered takeaway pizza which was delivered to us in the bar from Pizza Religion – A delicious traditional Italian style thin crust pizza – mmmm! My favourite food to accompany any glass of wine.

So, be sure to get yourself down to Gibsons, and if you see me there popped up in the corner sipping on a vino be sure to say hi!

73 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn

Until next time winos,

Cheers.

 

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The face behind Tip the bottle

Okay, so you’re probably wondering ‘who is Tip the bottle’? ‘Does he or she even have any solid experience in the wine industry’? ‘Should I trust what they say’? ‘Did I leave the oven on’?

So to answer your questions, lets kick it off with who am I.

My name is Jacinta, and I currently live and work in Melbourne, Australia. I was born and raised in country Victoria, with the great privilege of having the Strathbogie wine region on my back doorstep.

I’m 30 years of age. Yep, the big 3-oh! While I’m not yet fully matured, I have been drinking wine for some time now, and have recently had an increased interest in all things wine over the past four to five years. Why only recently you ask? I suppose the turning point was when my foody-friend invited me to come along with her to a wine tasting showcase in Melbourne. Having only ever been a seasoned “I only drink Sauvignon Blanc” wine consumer, attending the wine tasting showcase really opened up my eyes, and filled up my wine glass to trying new and different varieties, some of which I never knew existed!

So while I’ve never worked at a winery, nor picked grapes from the vineyard, or squashed them with my feet (which I’d love to try one day), my experience simply comes from sharing a bottle with friends over dinner, going to wine tasting festivals and wineries, and having a drop after a long day at work.

Trust me when I say I love wine.

Even though we may all have different preferences when it comes to particular types of wine, such as ‘I love a sweet wine’ or ‘I prefer reds over whites’, I can safely say that I love trying and experiencing all types of wines from super sweet to super dry. I must be honest with you though, my taste buds generally love to be treated to a dry wine, particularly a great red!

So hopefully I’ve given you a bit of an idea as to who I am, and where I come from, however I can’t answer your question if you left the oven on or not. You will just have to go and check that yourself.

Until next time wino’s, cheers.

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