Jul 092010

Just home from a quick escape to South Australia. After hiring a car in Adelaide we spent a few days in two of the best wine regions, Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. Good food was also on the agenda and we ate our fair share at 1918, Maggie Beer’s, the Barossa Farmers Markets and Magill’s Restaurant. Our B&B in Tanunda, Blickinstal, was excellent.

Our best cellar door experience was at Smallfry where Wayne sat down with us for about an hour and ran through the wines as well as his experiences as a winemaker. We also visited, but did not taste at, Jacob’s Creek (just to check out the massive visitor’s centre), Hugh Hamilton (quite busy) and Alpha Box & Dice (closed for renovations).

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Two Hands cellar door – brand new and very up-market with wine prices to match. Definately some great Shiraz but better value can be found elsewhere.

Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop stocks her full range of foodstuffs. We grabbed a picnic lunch by the dam before watching a quick cooking demonstration featuring (yes, you guessed it) verjuice. The demonstration was in the kitchen used in filming the television show, The Cook and The Chef.

Some sheep.