Moon(light)

A couple of years ago we made a day trip up to Mitchelton Winery in Central Victoria. The restaurant there is absolutely first rate (but gets popular, so make sure you book in advance, especially for weekends). One of the wines we thought might improve with some time in the bottle was the 2016 “Crescent”…

What to serve with… Lamb

A while ago, the Walkabout Crew had a lovely night out at an Indian restaurant with the purpose of deciding what wine goes best with vegetarian curry. This time, since we are not out and about as much, we have decided to focus on eating in, on a budget. Our goal was simple: find a…

Thanks a Million

We are back. Well, sort of. Here in Australia, travel is still quite limited at the moment, and restaurants are quite limited in the number of patrons, so many of our events have had to be cancelled. We have made some new bookings to some of the larger wine regioms for later in the year,…

A wine with a right to show off?

With wine businesses in Australia closing their cellar doors during the COVID-19 saga, it has become easier to find businesses that will offer free delivery on their products and some pretty serious discounts as well. As wine enthusiasts, we thought it only right to take advantage of this while working from home, and so bought…

Tasting in these testing times

Here in Australia, like many places in the world, people are being asked to work from home as much as possible. Unfortunately, in the Walkabout Crew we have health-care workers, educators and animal carers for whom such a luxury just isn’t possible. So what do we do about it? Drink of course! Many wineries have…

Summarising the Australian Summer… of wine

As the Summer down under winds to an inevitable end and the Walkabout crew ready their corkscrews to open some big reds and double check the supply of fortified wines for the cold months ahead, it is time to reflect on what was a really bizarre few months here in Oz and what that means…

A rose by any other name?

We love a good sparkling wine here in the Walkabout Crew and whilst we don’t have anything against any particular region, we find ourselves focussing a lot on French and Australian sparkling wines, predominantly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varietals. But we do know people who think Pink makes a party, so we have to, on…

Pondering at the lake

Yabby Lake on the Mornington Peninsula is a popular place for lunch, so book ahead if you are planning to visit. The views towards the ocean are quite wonderful when the weather is agreeable and the architecture takes wonderful advantage of the location to really show off the location. In terms of wine, we found…

Not a Hare out of place

The Rare Hare restaurant is a very modern dining experience with long share tables and plates of food that are very well suited to sharing as a group (the bigger the group, the more of the menu you can sample). Typical Italian staples such as cold meats and rustic bread dipped in quality olive oil…

A bit Riche?

Fans of Australian sparkling wine will no doubt know Chandon Australia (one of around 10 Chandon sites around the world) but what you may not know is that they now make a Sparkling Dessert Wine. It comes in a smaller, 500mL bottle available at the cellar door and online. Labelled Extra Riche, the wine is…