Saturday, February 26, 2011

Southern Vineyards Open Weekend

Join us on Sunday, March 6 for a very special tour of some of the wineries participating in the Vineyards Open Weekend in the Derwent Valley.

First stop will be Laurel Bank where Kerry and Laurel Carland have 3 hectares of 20 year-old vines consistently producing exceptional medal-winning wines made by their internationally renowned daughter Greer.

Next stop is Stefano Lubiana at Granton where we will have a private tasting and talk in the Barrel Room, with morning tea and a C & C Cupcake Factory cherry or gooseberry cupcake or cheese.

The final winery will be  Kinvara Estate, Sue and David Bevan’s 10 hectare vineyard at Plenty producing what Graeme Phillips says are “some simply wonderful old rieslings”.

After all that work it's time for lunch and a cleansing ale at the Two Metre Tall Company at Hayes, where Ashley (the height behind the name) and Jane Huntington grow everything they need on their farm based brewery, including the slow cooked brisket, salads and cider we will have for lunch. We will also have a tour of the operation.

The bus will leave Campbell St, next to the Grand Chancellor, at 9.15am and return between 3.30pm and 4pm.

The cost of $70 for Slow Food members and $85 for non-members includes bus travel, morning tea at Lubiana, all wine tastings and lunch with a glass of beer or cider at Two Metre Tall.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

At the recent Taste Festival, Jo Cook and Jenny Dudgeon gave a presentation on the Slow Food movement.  The audience was given a taste of the leatherwood honey from Miellerie,  as it represents the focus of Slow Foods Ark of Taste and then provided tastings of seasonal berries and cherries including tayberries, sylvan berries and stella cherries.