Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend 2010

The food and wine festival season continues … 15th and 16th of May.

The  Clare Valley Gourmet Weekend program looks great and unique by   comparison to the other more frequented festivals such as Sea & Vines  and Barossa Gourmet Weekend.    For accommodation enquiries contact the Clare Valley Visitor Centre on 08 8842 2131.

2009 wine favourites … announced

I have short listed my favourite wines that I discovered in 2009 , these wines stood out as highlights from the many cellar doors I was fortunate to visit last year.  It has been noted that the list has a strong McLaren Vale presence, this is mainly due to the fact that most of my wine trips were to this region in 2009. In 2010 I would like to pay some more attantion to the boutique wineries in the Barossa.

Favourite Cellar Doors


Best Cellar Door experience & staff
Wirra Wirra

Favourite Red Wine
2007 Tempranillo (sold out) – Samuels Gorge

Favourite White Wine


Favourite Sparkling Wine

Favourite Sparkling Red
JOSEPH NV Sparkling Red Primo Estate

Favourite food/atmosphere at a winery
Coriole

Favourite Overall Winery

Note worthy mentions


Mitchells – 2001 McNicol Shiraz
Kilikanoon2006 Oracle Shiraz, 2006 Blocks Road Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006 Prodigal Grenache
Coriole -2009 Fiano, 2007 Sangiovese
Hentley Farm2007 “The Beast” Shiraz
Two HandsSophie’s Garden Padthaway Shiraz

Charles Melton2006 Richelieu