1860 to now – history in a bottle.

On a small block within the mammoth operation that is Tahbilk winery, there are some Shiraz vines that were planted in 1860 and are still producing fruit to this day. Finding a bottle of this wine is relatively easy, deciding whether or not to buy a bottle is a much more difficult decision. It is…

A close second

Parola’s Shiraz and Durif wines are made by Warrabilla of Rutherglen in the very best years and Smithy has (in the opinion of the walkabout crew) set a very high bar for these wines, with several non-Parola’s years producing some truly exceptional wines but the Parola’s years are just that bit more special. The grapes,…

Where saucers cannot fly…

The French wine rules are famous the world over, from what can be named Champagne to what grapes are allowed in a Bordeaux blend, there are several historical examples of French law-makers doing much to protect their heritage and identity. What lovers of French wine may not know (unless they have travelled through France and…

Spring is here again!

Hayley Purbrick from Tahbilk (cellar door pictured here) once remarked that you could always tell it was winter when the number of red wine bottles in the recycling bin exceeded the number of white wine bottles. As a wine enthusiast who tracks both purchases and consumption (in order to ensure enough is purchased to meet…

Ladies Lunch

Fowles Wines is located in the Strathbogie shire in central Victoria and produces wines under a number of labels. One of the most well known is Ladies who shoot their lunch. What we liked: The restaurant and outdoor dining area were well designed, the menu was decent and the prices very reasonable. The wine-matching suggestions…

What to serve with… Indian

Wine and Food matching discussion Part 1 It is no secret that members of the Walkabout Crew like to wine and dine, so one of the common questions we get asked by others is, “what wine should I serve with…?” It has become such a common question, that we have decided to share some of…

All that was August

August is an important month in the Walkabout calendar – it represents the time when we need to start thinking less about Red wine stocks and look at our supplies of White and Sparkling wines in preparation for the warmer months. As usual, we’ve been doing a lot of tasting this month, planning some multi-day…