Category Archives: Wine

Barossa Valley visit: the wines

Virtually all of the alcohol that Maggie and I imbibe comes from wine; the occasional exceptions are our homemade limoncello and, for Maggie, a gin & tonic in summer. We like wine, both as a companion to food and, depending on … Continue reading

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Barossa Valley visit: heart of the region

Although the morning wind was chilly, the forecast for our last full day in the Barossa Valley promised the mildest weather of our visit. On the first two days, we had explored all the outer districts of the region; on … Continue reading

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Barossa Valley visit: Williamstown and Magill Estate

After a pleasant evening and a comfortable night’s sleep, we woke to the prospect of a warmer day, with less wind-chill factor. We took our breakfast in the resort’s restaurant, seated by the window with a grand view across the … Continue reading

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Barossa Valley visit: from Henschke to Seppeltsfield

This is the first in a short series of posts about our recent visit to the Barossa Valley, Australia’s most famous wine region. We had identified the Barossa as somewhere we would like to explore together one day. Maggie had … Continue reading

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NE Victoria: food & wine

A leading commentator on televised matches of Australian Rules football is renowned for his quick-witted quips and puns as much as for his football knowledge. Possibly the best known of the terms he has coined is “centimetre-perfect”, which is used … Continue reading

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Long-distance travel plans

Don’t you enjoy that feeling of the uplifted spirit that you experience when you have booked and confirmed the last of your flights and tours for an overseas trip? You know, the one that is closely followed by “Thank God … Continue reading

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Best meals in Côte d’Or: Chez Jeannette

The day of our move from Beaune to Dijon was May the 1st, May Day, also Labour Day  and therefore a public holiday in France. After breakfast, we headed north, leaving the main highway at Clos de Vougeot to rejoin the … Continue reading

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Best meals in Côte d’Or: La Grilladine encore!

Frau Grounds has just pointed out that my account of how we spent Tuesday afternoon comprised activities which actually occurred the next day, except for the bit about tasting white wines. Not that one should let the facts get in … Continue reading

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Best meals in Côte d’Or: La Grilladine

We returned to Beaune after our lunch at Meursault, parked the car at our hotel, freshened up and headed off to stroll around the old town centre. Exploring Beaune on foot is a pleasant and interesting activity. There several pedestrian-only … Continue reading

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Burgundy travel miscellany

Here are some miscellaneous experiences and observations about visiting the Côte d’Or region. Grand Cru, Premier Cru and all that jargon A meaningful part of our experience was to drive through the wine districts on secondary roads that traversed the … Continue reading

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