7.12pm, Sunday 7th August, Corner of Bathurst & Kent Streets, Sydney City, New South Wales
Right. I’ve just come in from buzzing around Sydney for the day, and coming back towards the city from the inner western suburbs, it looked spectacularly scary at around 5.30pm. The sky was all shades of pink, purple, blue and laced with lightning! A storm is definitely brewing, but we can’t complain as we’ve had such a magic week in the Harbour City so far. So now I’m going to catch up the bulk of what we did last week.
Firstly though, we headed down the coast from Sydney, to see the engineering marvel of the road through to Wollongong that kind of ‘hangs out’ over the sea. This gives you a bit of an idea of the lay of the land – looking south to Wollongong city from the Bald Hill Lookout.
(1) WOLLONGONG : LUNCH at LORENZO’s DINER We had a massive dinner set for last Wednesday night with consumer customers from the Kollaras retail stores, but there were a few die hard big red wine fans who couldn’t make it, so we organised a lunch at Lorenzo’s with Simon Hurford (ex Oxford Tavern – used to be Wollongong’s best wine cellar) who looks after the high end wines for Taz and Michael Kollaras. We put the 2009 Yalumba Virgilius Viognier and 2008 FDW 7C with one of Lorenzo’s signature dishes – his chicken and spinach canneloni – and they were all just made for each other!Yum is the easy descriptor there. Then it was eye fillet with the three 2006 Yalumba Single Site Shiraz wines – the Eden Valley, Light Pass & Lyndoch vineyards – and the 2006 Signature Cabernet Shiraz. This really got the conversation going!! It was easy to see the distinct differences between the 3 shiraz vineyards, so it was inevitable that ‘favourites’ would be chosen, but the bottom line was the variation in expression due to the particular spot in the Barossa where that shiraz is cultivated = ‘terroir’!! Then it was the merits of the blend versus the single varietal, and I’m pleased to report that the current 2006 Signature more than held it’s own in extremely muscular company! End result?? We won several more Wollongong boys’ hearts and palates for Barossa Shiraz and the great Australian Cab Shiraz combination. We also had a lovely man from the local WIN Channel 9 TV station, showing off the charity cookbook that they put together, and here’s our mate Simon Hurford with a copy. Why?? because he’s the last recipe in the book – with his lamb shank curry!!He’s not on Masterchef, but apparently the shank curry is legendary around Wollongong!!