Happy 2020 everyone! I hope you’re planning on have a wine-filled year!
Naturally we had to see the new year in with a fantastic bottle of bubbles and this Whicher Ridge Wines 2016 Whitetail Sparkling Chardonnay from WA’s Margaret River definitely hit the mark. Start the year as you’re meant to go on, as they say!
I haven’t yet made it to visit Faber Vineyard but I know I need too!! I did meet owner and winemaker John Griffiths at Viva Verdelho 2013 and he is a great laugh (see picture at the bottom of this post). Faber is known through the Valley for their fabulous wines and their amazing long-table lunches, sundowners and wine tastings. Continue reading →
There are not many organic wines in the Swan Valley and I have a feeling Harris Organic may be the only one doing organic sparkling. This sparkling wine is made of 100% organically grown Chardonnay grapes which are handpicked. Natural yeast is used for fermentation and the wine is stored for 3 months in an underground cellar prior to bottling. Once bottled, the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle over a minimum of a 36 month period. The bottles are hand riddled and hand disgorged before being finished with a crown cap closure. Continue reading →
Ugly Duckling is such a fabulous spot in the Swan Valley. It is a small cellar door which is just off West Swan Road and it faces out to the vineyard. It is open-air with live music on the weekends and they make some of the best pies in Australia I think! I am sorry Aussie’s but you guys have nothing on Kiwi Pies, yet these Ugly Duckling pies I am completely hooked on. I wonder if that is because they have wine in? Hmm… Continue reading →