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…

Diagonal Debate #3: Pinot Noir

As 2019 draws to a close, the Walkabout Crew decided it was time to revisit Pinot Noir as a variety and decide which was our favourite. We went back through our notes (and our cellars) and brought three finalists to a final tasting: Lucky Duck 2018 from Puddleduck vineyards in Tasmania, Black Spur 2016 from…

December Diary

December is typically the month members of the Walkabout Crew spend doing a stocktake on the year that was and finalise plans for January which here downunder is our favourite month to get out and amongst the vines. Our wine of the year and also our favourite sparkling wine of 2019 is House of Arras…

November Notes

With apologies to our regular readers, November’s column has been delayed (we’ve been doing so much tasting we didn’t get around to writing up our notes before the month ended!) Here it is though, and we will make sure the December Diary is published before 2019 has come to a close. With the changing of…

Christmas? Cheers!

It is around this time each year that the Walkabout Crew start getting inquiries about what to serve at staff Christmas parties, end of year BBQs and summer picnics where bubbles are considered a nice addition to the finger-food. We have quite a bit of experience tasting, reviewing and re-tasting Australian bubbles from all over…

Wine Clubs – Are they worth it?

As a group of wine enthusiasts, it will come as no surprise to anyone that the Walkabout Crew belong to a number of wine clubs. And by wine clubs we mean subscriptions managed by wineries that provide discounts and/or special offers to members. Most require a minimum annual purchase and quite often the level of…

October Offerings

The Walkabout crew has had a relatively quiet October for once, largely due to the business of September and our extended walkabout through Tasmania. Here are a few of the discussion points the crew have mulled over during the last month as we prepare for a few more walkabouts throughout Victoria in the coming weeks:…