Friday, June 15, 2012

Wendy Hall of the Courier Mail Visits Us Again

One of our favourite journos, Wendy Hall, recently visited us again. In last weekend's edition of the Courier Mail, Wendy told readers about her trip.

"It's a picture-perfect time to turn the phone off, rug up, sip some local wine by a roaring fire and fill the car boot with an assorted dozen or two. For wine lovers, this glorious little ritual is becoming as Queensland as hitting the beach in summer."

During her stay Wendy discovered Tobin Wines, who is knocking back Sydney and Melbourne restaurants because he can't keep pace with the demand for his limited edition wines...Tobin's Isabella semillon has won approval far and wide and been rated above some of the iconic Hunter labels.

With the oldest shiraz and semillon vines in Queensland, planted in the 1960s, and an immaculately managed vineyard, we understand why!

Wendy also suggested you should also add Pyramid Roads, Symphony Hill, Boireann and Summit Estate to your list when you visit. Or enjoy great Granite Belt wine at a wine event including a Symphony Hill wine dinner at Sofitel Brisbane Central on June 14 ($149, phone 3835 3535); a food and wine matching masterclass at the Barrel Room Cafe at Ballandean Estate on June 23 ($70, ph 4684 1326); and on June 26, the last chance to taste Robert Channon's early vintages of verdelho, as well as the first public tasting of the 2012, in a dinner at Brent's the Dining Experience, Toowong ($100, ph 3371 4558).

After a 'hard day' wine tasting Wendy retreated to the Vineyard Cottages and Cafe.

At the Vineyard Cottages and Cafe , you'll be sipping wine by the fire in the lounge bar before sitting down to hearty homestyle fare - think salmon and dill chowder and an earthy mushroom risotto - in the cafe housed in an old church.

The cottages, set in beautiful gardens, are just a short drive from Girraween National Park for those who want to walk up an appetite before hitting the nearby wineries for the afternoon.

Thanks Wendy...join us again soon.

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