What we drank last night – Eden Road The Long Road Chardonnay

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Chardonnay, Murrumbateman, Wine

As I flipped over the last page on my food and wine inspired calendar to December, I took a look at what looked like a delicious seafood pasta dish.  Nice and simple.  Combine baby octopus with lemon, rocket, olive oil and linguine.  Add a good glug of white wine and some chilli and you`ve got one cracking dish.  I ordered … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Eden Road The Long Road Chardonnay

What we drank last night – Eden Road 2013 Hilltops Syrah

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours

I have been meaning to open this wine for a while, it’s been sitting on our wine rack taunting me and while some may argue that a wine of this quality deserves a fancy meal, I think the posh burgers I cooked to go with it worked a treat. It would equally be a great match for something masterchefy but … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we drank last night – Eden Road 2013 Hilltops Syrah

Canberra wines – Tasting 101

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Wine

Just the thought of a wine tasting event sends my little heart aflutter, there’s something about seeing all those bottles of wine in one room, lined up just waiting for me to get my hands on them that sends a heady mix of excitement and anxiety through me – excitement about the wine obviously, and anxiety that I might not … Read More

Elouise CalabriaCanberra wines – Tasting 101

What we’re drinking tonight – Mount Majura Chardonnay

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Chardonnay, Wine

Tonight we`re quaffing a 2013 Chardonnay, compliments of Mount Majura Vineyard.  I first visited Mount Majura a few months ago on a rainy, cold afternoon where I soon warmed up in the comfort of a cellar door with amazing wines and friendly, knowledgeable staff. I smugly sipped my wine and tucked into duck pie, cheese and other local treats while … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we’re drinking tonight – Mount Majura Chardonnay

What we’re drinking tonight – Barton Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours

Tonight I`m enjoying Barton Estate’s Sauvignon Blanc 2012.  I expect it will work well with Elle`s Thai green curry.  Just a few facts about this grape variety if you will. Firstly, the origin of this grape variety is Bordeaux in France which has a similar climate to Canberra. Cold winters and hot summers make for happy grapes provided the vines … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we’re drinking tonight – Barton Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Murrumbateman Moving Feast wrap up

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Elouise and I hosted our first Canberra wine tour this weekend and we were chuffed at the brilliant wines coming out of our patch, not to mention the hospitality!  Our dream has been about 10 years in the making, not due to procrastination but due to the fact that we were living just shy of 20,000km north of Canberra in … Read More

Elouise CalabriaMurrumbateman Moving Feast wrap up

Oh so cool – the Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show 2014

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Murrumbateman

Some wine shows just get it right. High quality tipples, knowledgeable and friendly staff, tasty snacks and no fuss or tedious measuring of the wine being poured. The Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show is a gem. Walking in, I’m faced with row after row of bottles of goodness from all over Australia. Friendly stewards greet us and we’re encouraged to … Read More

Elouise CalabriaOh so cool – the Murrumbateman Cool Climate Wine Show 2014

What we’re drinking tonight – Eden Road 2012 Cab Sav

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Sauvignon, Wine

Following on from a nice cleansing ale up at my local boozer, I toddled home – pushing my little 6 month old daughter.  Tonight I`m going to open a bottle of Eden Road 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon (Gundagai).  I`ve visited this winery a few times now and I have enjoyed the visit each time. It’s well located for a Canberra wine … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we’re drinking tonight – Eden Road 2012 Cab Sav

What we’re drinking tonight – Yarra Valley Chardonnay

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Chardonnay, Wine

While our focus is on Canberra wine tours, we don’t want to limit ourselves to just drinking Canberra wine (as good as it is!) and tonight’s wine is from the southern part of the Yarra Valley in Victoria which is the higher bit of the valley. Hoddles Creek have been operating since the late 90s.  The farm has been in … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we’re drinking tonight – Yarra Valley Chardonnay

What we’re drinking – an out of towner

Elouise CalabriaCanberra Wine Tours, Sauvignon, Wine

Tonight we’ve decided to drink an ‘out of towner’. Hanwood Estate 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from McWilliam’s. My wife Elouise used to live just down the road from McWilliams and my father-in-law still does. Having grown grapes on his farm for 40 or so years, I’d say he’s probably sold grapes to these guys as well. These two (Elle & Pat) … Read More

Elouise CalabriaWhat we’re drinking – an out of towner