5.23pm, Tuesday, 25th May, Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
More Catch up: Did I mention that the water theme is back here in Melbourne? Rain, rain and more rain these past couple of days. Even last night on our way back from the trade dinner, we ran into the bedraggled crowds of Socceroos supporters who had been drenched at the MCG watching the farewell game against the New Zealand ‘All Whites’ – a wobbly old 2-0 win before heading off to the World Cup in South Africa.
Saturday, 22nd May – Armidale, New England highlands, country New South Wales
This was our second trip to Armidale, and we did our dinner at the Moore Park Inn again. Chris and Tony and the team delivered another memorable wine night – warm and toasty inside – chilly as anything out! The boys tried some new things in the kitchen and came up with an orange & thyme marinated spatchcock sitting on a bed of polenta with a sauce made with pan juices and the Patchwork Shiraz, topped with crisp pancetta! Definitely winter food that loved the reds. Along for the evening were the folks from the Wicklow Hotel in ‘downtown’ Armidale – another of our solid supporters – and it looks like there’s going to be a ‘road trip’ of folks from this part of the world coming down to visit in the Barossa around about Easter next year. Oh, this just happens to be Barossa Vintage Festival time! Good O – looks like it will be a full house at Harvest Market at Yalumba for two days straight after the Easter weekend, and I’ll be playing tour guide. Lovely. Thanks again Armidale for all your support, and I’ll see you when it’s Easter 2011.