We had a great day Saturday, sans children. (The children also had a great day sans us, hanging at home for a while, then birthday partying -- Gabe and Kai -- or spending the night at a sleepover with a friend -- Nicole.) This day was set up by one of Tom's fellow teachers. The guys were competing to see who could concoctthe most obnoxious shirt and tie combo. Sorry, I do not have photos of the various attempts, but Laurie ultimately won as he sported a green/grey plaid shirt with a purple/pink tie the other day. Lurid, I'm told. Several people on the tour commented on the event.
The places we visited are south of us -- Chestnut Hill Vineyard of Mt. Burnett, Cannibal Creek of Tynong North, Brandy Creek Wines of Drouin East for lunch, Ada River Winery of Neerim South to finish off. The hits of the day were a beautiful soft merlot from Cannibal Creek and a bouncy little Gewurtztraminer of Ada River. There were some amazing deals on case lots, both of the labelled varieties and of the clearskins, which is a great little Aussie tradition -- unlabelled, but the same stuff they're exporting/selling elsewhere. Too bad we're now running out of time to purchase case lots of wine!
First order of the day was to get out the camera at Chestnut Hill only to find the battery had run down as someone put it back into the case without turning it off. Sigh. One of our fellow tour members, Michael came to the rescue, and I've posted his link below.
Easy entertaining. Pickerel Cheeks - This is really such a delighfully simple dish to make. Great local ingredients that shine. Pickerel cheeks (yes, Walleye, to my non-local language puris...