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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. 
gibsons red wine olives
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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Marathon Du Medoc – continued

Marathon Du Medoc continued…
Following weeks of training, I finally arrived in Bordeaux. The city of Bordeaux is an amazing city, oozing French charm, with beautiful architecture and urban streetscape.
For those of you playing at home, Bordeaux is located in the South West of France, and is considered to be one of the world’s wine capitals. With over 286,000 acres of vineyards, there’s certainly no shortage of wine; Please pass me the bottle.

While we were staying in the city of Bordeaux, the run itself was held out in Pauillac (pronounced ‘Poy Yak’), which is just over an hours drive from Bordeaux in the Medoc region.

The night before the run I was mixed with emotion. Emotions of excitement, nervousness and a slight sense of ‘what the hell have I signed myself up for’? With my belly full of carbs, I was out like a light. Early morning rise, off we headed to the train station in our fancy dress costumes to catch the local train to Pauillac, complete with superman and several storm troopers on board.

Ready at the start line, the party atmosphere was brewing. The effort people went to with their outfits was impressive – Aliens that really did look like they were from outta space, Avatar, Star trek, Princess Leia’s, and even a Chewbacca. Music blasting out of speakers, French women suspended by massive balloons, and dancing all around, it was hard to believe we were about to run a marathon.

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The start gun sounded. We were off.IMG_4173

As we ran through every single one of the 60 Chateaus on the list, each one was a party; with live music playing, people dancing, food and wine flowing, it made it hard to leave and move on to the next.

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I must be honest with you. While the wine was certainly flowing at every winery, I did hold off from drinking until later on in the run, as I was trying to reserve my energy for the many kilometres I had ahead of me. It was around the 37km  point I had my first wine. While I was unsure of the variety it was, I do know it was a white wine, and boy was it delicious! Along side the road there was also freshly shucked oysters (the last thing I could think about eating on a marathon), along with delicious succulent steak and even ice cream as we neared the finish line. Yum!

As the finish line drew closer, whether it was the wine or the ice cream, my energy levels picked up. Making a bolt to the end we were greeted with our finishers’ prize of a backpack, a t-shirt, a cup, a medal, and the all-important bottle of authentic Bordeaux wine, complete with a single rose. So fancy, but oh so French.

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After finally completing my first marathon, the party did not end there. Right along side the track was the after-party tent. Inside the tent, the wine continued to flow with the DJ spinning pumping tunes, dancing all around and Chewbacca out the back lapping it all up. It was the best recovery anyone could ask for.

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Looking back at this epic run I endured, it was something like no other. Never before have I completed a run where I was literally smiling the whole way. Unbelievable. It will be something I will look back at fondly, and would highly recommend anyone and everyone to take part in it. You will have no regrets, just a greater love of French wine.

Until next time wino’s
Cheers.

 

For those of you playing at home, click here for a map and list of the Chateau’s we visited. 60 Chateau’s in total!

 

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Marathon Du Medoc

In my last post I mentioned that I’m 30 years of age, or as some would say, 30 years young.
My thirties so far have been great. In fact, the way that I decided to enter in to my thirties was somewhat of a different experience most would have.

It was back in early 2013 that I decided that I wanted to do something to mark this milestone of a birthday. With Google at my fingertips I was searching for some inspiration on what I could do. It wasn’t until one fine sunny February morning that my fitness freak of a brother emailed me a webpage link, from his home in London, suggesting that I travel over and do a marathon with him.

A Marathon?!

Being a social runner, and having only ever done one half-marathon a couple of years ago, I swore to myself I would never do a full marathon – way too far!

So I clicked through on the webpage link, and low-and-behold I was sold. It was a wine marathon in Bordeaux France! Yep, you read it right…a wine marathon in Bordeaux France.
The marathon is called ‘Marathon Du Medoc’. The idea of this marathon, is that you dress-up in fancy dress, with the theme being Science Fiction, and run a full marathon distance of 40.195km (26.2 miles) through the Medoc wine region (think of the Yarra Valley, but bigger and filled with French people), dropping in to chateaus and drinking wine along the way.

marathon du medoc poster

All signed up, I began my training regime.

How does one train for an event like this? Should I be taking a flask of wine on my training runs? What fancy dress costume should I run my first marathon in?

Seeing as though I’d never run that far before, and to avoid the weird looks from people seeing me downing a shiraz on the running trails, I decided to split my training in to two parts.

Part one of my training:
I followed a 13-week program of continual running. Never before have I run so much in my life. It was painful, but at the same time rewarding, running the distances that I did, and churning through a pair of runners from it.

Part two of my training:
Keeping up the vino intake, responsibly of course. While most who train for marathons would eliminate all forms of alcohol, it was important for me to keep this up. After all, I would be drinking wine on the run, and it would be irresponsible of me to lower my tolerance levels. Suffice to say, part two of the training program was my favourite.

At the end of the 13 weeks, it was time to pack my bags, along with my fancy dress costume, and head over to France.

Stay tuned, as my next post I’ll be taking you along the ride with me on what was a very unique, and extremely exhilarating experience. Here’s a little taste as to what I chose as my Sci-Fi fancy dress costume.

marathon_outfit

Until next time wino’s, cheers.

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