I have a long-standing connection to Western Australia’s Great Southern region.
As a kid, my family would pack up the car at least twice a year and drive the 4-5 hours to my Aunty and Uncles farm just East of Albany, where we would spend at least a week at a time catching Koonac’s from one of the many dams, fishing and sight-seeing.
Fast forward 15 years or so and the team at CMS Events gave me an amazing reason to reacquaint myself with this wonderful part of the world. To be honest, I don’t know why I don’t visit the region as often as I use to, but I am going to make it a goal for 2019 to make sure I visit far more regularly. Continue reading →
Don’t you hate how it’s all of a sudden Global Cab Sauv or Chardonnay day and you are not prepared? I don’t know about you, but when it comes to this sort of thing I hate not being ready for it. Therefore, I have put together a list of important wine days to mark your calendars or you can print out my Wine Days infographic below.
I have mentioned the source (below infographic), just in case you come back and point the finger at me saying I made it up (it’s only Global Wine Day I can be thanked for).
There are not many wine appreciation days which are actually “official”. The majority of them have been started by die-hard fans or wine companies who’ve used social media to help spread the word.
I’ll add to this post as we go through the year in case any other ‘very important’ days pop up/are created. And hey, if they are celebrating a ‘national day’ in Europe or America, I don’t see why we can’t also celebrate in Australia and New Zealand too! Any excuse right? Continue reading →
It’s great to see Naomi has been heading out to the Swan Valley a lot recently. Since moving over to the east coast, I am living vicariously through her. Recently she headed along to Pinelli Estate Restaurant for what looks to be an amazing night of great wine and food!
Bryce is a fan of degustations, and I couldn’t recall ever attending one, so when we saw that Pinelli was hosting one we thought we would make a booking and make a night of it. Their degustations are held once a month on a Friday, starting at 6pm.
Although we didn’t attend for a special occasion, I would highly recommend if you’re looking to celebrate an anniversary, birthday or any type of special occasion, then a degustation at Pinelli is a must!
Our dinner was such fantastic value at $95 per head. This covered five courses, matched with five glasses of Pinelli Estate Wine, plus on arrival, we were greeted with the choice of a glass of Pinelli Estate Eve Sparkling Brut or Sparkling Juliet.
Guests were asked to arrive for 6pm, however, I knew that I would be running a little late since I don’t finish work until 5:30pm in the Perth CBD, so I emailed ahead to let the restaurant know I wouldn’t arrive until about 6:15pm. They were extremely accommodating and confirmed that the first course wouldn’t come out until closer to 6:30pm, which was perfect timing. We arrived with just enough time to enjoy the beautiful Swan Valley sunset while sipping on a glass of bubbles.
Our menu for the degustation included Pinelli Estate Wines wines matched to each course.
Before each course, owner, Daniel Pinelli, took us through each of the wines, while head chef Caleb Azuka would take us through each of the food courses.
Food And Wine Pairings
Our first course for the night was Insalata, which is an Italian style of salad.
Our Italian style salad consisted of heirloom tomatoes, black olives, thyme and tarter with the chef’s special broth. We were sure that the broth consisted of raspberries. I would never think to include berries with this type of salad, but it worked perfectly.
Our meal was matched with a glass of Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.
The Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Reserve was released on the night, so it was great to be one of the first to try the new vintage.
Our second course for the night was a Risotto con Grano Padano, a 24 month aged Padano Riserva wheel, imported from Emilia Romagna, Italy, especially for the degustation.
We were treated to the chef adding some extra flame in front of all the guests. We watched the gooey goodness of each spoonful being placed into the bowls before served to the group.
The Risotto was matched with a glass of Vermentino 2018 Reserve, which was an elegant match. Bryce and I were talking about the wine so much that we bought a case at the end of the night.
Our third course for the night was a Pesce Spada, which translates to Swordfish. This was such a delicate and flavoursome meal consisting of white wine and Puttanesca sauce drizzled over the Swordfish.
By the time we got to our fourth meal of the night, I was wondering how I was going to be able to fit it all in as I knew we still had dessert coming.
The Anatra D’Arancia, or Orange Duck, was absolutely divine, but I knew I was getting to my limit, so I kindly shared half of my duck with Bryce. Thankfully he was there, as I didn’t want to send back a dish that still had food on it when it tasted so bloody delicious!
The meal was Duck flavoured with Cognac d’orange, kale Toscana, berries and oyster mushrooms.
The side salad was the perfect pairing with the duck.
Our fourth course was matched with a glass of the Grenache 2017 Reserve.
Our fifth and final course for the night was this smashable Crema Bruciata, a creamy custard tart with crumbs and flowers.
Our dessert was matched beautifully with a glass of the Liqueur Verdelho. We loved this tipple that we bought one to savour at home.
Great Value Degustation
The wine and food servings were so generous, I felt like I was bursting at the seams by the time we left. At $95 per head, we enjoyed 5 dishes and 6 glasses of wine.
Pinelli Estate Winery Restaurant will be organising their next degustation to occur at New Years. We will keep you updated once the dates are released, plus they’re looking to continue the degustations into 2019 (dates to be confirmed).
Pinelli Estate Winery Restaurant
Address: 114 Benara Rd, Caversham
Opening Hours: Lunch from Thursday to Sunday 11.30 am to 2.30pm; Dinner from Thursday to Saturday 5.30 pm to late
The Travelling Corkscrew was recently invited to Pandemonium Estate to experience their new Pintxos & Wine Flights – thank you very much for inviting us! As it’s a bit far for me to travel from Victoria, Naomi kindly put her hand up to go on my behalf. It looked like incredibly hard work 😉
It’s that time of the year, and I’m excited! I looooove Christmas time. The wine, the food, the family & friends – it’s just such a great time of the year. Whenever I put together my annual ‘gifts for wine lovers’ post, it’s basically a list of:
a) Products I’ve tried and love
b) My wish list of products I want (hint hint Mr Spittoon)
So let’s get merry and delve into what I think of some of the hottest Christmas gifts for wine lovers this year. Continue reading →