A is for Arras

There is something truly wonderful about a good bottle of sparkling wine. Not so long ago, a few of the walkabout crew decided to put our cars on the boat and head to Tasmania for a couple of weeks to sample what we had been told by others in the know was the best sparkling…

March musings

March is an interesting month for wine. There are lots of specials available at cellar doors (which we like a lot…) and the balance of warmer and cooler days mean the consumption of reds starts to pick up a bit as the relative consumption of whites likewise subsides. From a tasting perspective, March and September…

Wine and Cheese

One of the best things about wine tasting in the Yarra Valley is the fact that the area also makes great cheese. Not surprisingly, the Yarra Valley Dairy has a selection of Yarra Valley wines available by the glass. What did surprise us though (and was totally unplanned) is that Alkimi Wines (which doesn’t have…

Long, luxurious lunches

One of the best places to spend a summer afternoon is at a winery. In winter it is still nice, but there is something truly beautiful seeing the rows of vines with grapes just harvested (in the case of many white varieties) or just about to be (in the case of most red varieties) which…

Rochford Rocks

Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley is a busy place. From the concerts to the hot air balloon rides and Segway tours, there is also some magnificent dining to be found and a lovely selection of wines to sample. It is this last feature which made us decide to visit, although the hot air balloon…

From Bendigo via the Yarra Valley

Balgownie Estate has cellar doors in both Bendigo and the Yarra Valley. Wines from both sites are available to taste at both venues, which is lovely as there are lots of wines to like here, at very good prices. There is a wine club which offers discounts of 25% on wine when purchasing 2 dozen…

Pondering the puzzle that is Pinot Noir

There was a time not so long ago when the walkabout crew was busy in South Australia, walking about (driving actually) “the other Red Centre” and sampling some truly brilliant wines. We would almost always skip over any Pinot Noir offerings because we knew from experience that we had yet to find one that we…