“On the road again, with our wines and corkscrews …”

10.33am, Adelaide Airport, South Australia
Sorry folks, got completely consumed the last couple of days andforgot to write the blog. I had my tour guide hat on for our man at Regional Wines in windy Wellington, NZ – Dave Hughes – and seeing as it was his first trip to the Barossa, we slid straight into the Single Site tour of the Barossa.

This is currently a 170 km round trip until I can find a cart track between Eden Valley township and Lyndoch, but an excellent way to introduce folks to the Barossa region.

Usually I can squeeze in a morning tea stop at Apex Bakery – don’t forget that on Monday, Wednesday and Friday they make the pastry twists filled with local bacon and cheese, they come out of the wood fired oven at around 10.45am – and we generally do a bit of a later lunch off the specials board up at Blond Cafe in Angaston.

***New chef at Blond! Chicken, bacon and mushroom pot pie is a star, as is the new prawn and chorizo salad.

Regional Wines have been a staunch fortress for Yalumba for over 15 years, and now that our favourite just-about-adopted-son – Raymond Chan – has retired, the torch passes to Dave. It looks like we’ll be over in New Zealand in July to show our new release Rare & Fine wines, so the pressure will be on us to maintain the amazingly high standard of those legendary masterclasses up in the mezzanine – set up by the passionate wine man Mr Chan – that we’ve had so much fun with over the years. Don’t worry – we will not let the man down!

And speaking of Rare & Fine, I head to Melbourne shortly, and we start our roadtrip east of the city in Warragul – right in the middle of the Gippsland district – and it’s my first time to this rich dairy country. My only problem with getting set for this trip is packing the suitcase with the right gear for 11 – 13 degrees in Melbourne probably with sleet involved – and 28 degrees up in Cairns with nothing but sunshine.

The one thing we shouldn’t run out of over the next few weeks are stories. So I promise something every day – and if that doesn’t happen – it means that technology has got the better of me.

Willie Nelson got it right though – nothing better than packing a bag:

“On the road again
With our wine and corkscrews we get down the highway
We make bags of friends
At Yalumba we like doing wine stuff our way
And our way
Is on the road again …”

Sorry Willie – it all just fits in too easily.

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