Tickets are now on sale for the 2010 Bank SA    “Sea and Vines Festival” – McLaren Vale. 

This is truly a highlight on the annual social calender and a fantastic day out with friends …

This year ticket prices are $20 per person which gets you entry to 4 wineries, a wine glass and a glass of wine at the first winery. 

For bookings go to www.mclarenvale.info

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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

Wine Tour Down Under 2010

The excitement is brewing in Adelaide as the city begins to set up for the 2010 Tour Down Under …

http://www.tourdownunder.com.au/

I’ll be hosting two tours:

Tuesday 19 January (Stage 1) – Barossa Valley

Thursday 21 January (Stage 3) – McLaren Vale

For more details, check out my Events page or download the pdf flyer.