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Pat Underwood, the winemaker behind the Little Reddie label, and founding member of the Boomtown Wine cooperative in the old Castlemaine Woolen Mill, gives us the inside running to the people and places of Castlemaine. As always, it’s a tale told through the lens of five favourite drinks.
Now that we’re emerging from the social symptoms of COVID-19, and have the opportunity to rekindle our relationship with our favourite places, we asked Jeremy Shiell, Daylesford native and one of Australia’s most respected sommeliers, to gives us his version of the area. As before, it’s a tale told through five favourite drinks…
Chef’s Guide to…
McLaren Vale – A Chef’s Guide
Karena Armstrong, owner and chef at McLaren Vale’s iconic Salopian Inn, has cooked in some of Sydney and Melbourne finest restaurants, but it was the magic of the Vale that captured the chef’s imagination and saw her settle down for keeps. Armstrong tells us about some of the things that make McLaren Vale so special.
Given Adelaide’s proximity to some of the country’s most influential wine-growing regions, it should come as no surprise that finding a glass of something great in the City of Churches isn’t all that difficult. And yet, there’s certainly no resting on laurels happening either. The evolution of concepts and ideas is a constant. The Wineslinger 2021 list of Australia’s top places for wine fun is here, and Adelaide’s Top 10 shows just how hot the city is right now.
Some of us like to drink wine at storied dining institutions, where tossing up between back-vintage Barolo or Brunello alongside a hefty bistecca is how it’s done. Then, there are others who get their kicks from premium German riesling under Coravin paired with dim sims and dan dan noodles. If the bars and restaurants that make up Brisbane’s Top 10 Wineslinger list this year are anything to go by, then it’s safe to say Queensland’s capital city is a place for all of us.
With a raft of exceptional new venues sweeping the nation’s capital over the last few years, few can deny that cold old Canberra is turning the heat right up, leaving locals and guests suddenly spoilt for choice. The Wineslinger 2021 list of Australia’s top places for wine fun is here, with Canberra’s Top 5 showing just how exciting a wine destination the nation’s capital is right now.
Emerging from the long shadow of Melbourne and the key wine regions of the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula, Geelong and its vinous sub-regions have their own stories to tell. We asked Geelong resident, wine professional and local business owner Cam O’Keefe to fill us in on what makes Geelong tick.
Torched by bushfires that ran through the Adelaide Hills in December 2019, much of Henschke’s 30-hectare Lenswood vineyard was burned to the ground – yet a majority of the roots survived and new shoots emerged, while the barren blocks at least provided the Henschkes with an opportunity to plan the Lenswood vineyard afresh, which has resulted in the reorientation of many vine rows, and a mix of different clones chosen among new vine plantings. Viticulturist Prue Henschke spoke to us about their three-year journey of recovery.