Monthly Review: December

Hi everyone,

1. Favourite wine of the month?

With the onset of summer in Perth I have been passing over my usual reds for chilled wines – mainly Sauvignon Blanc Semillon’s and Rose’s.

2. What has been the best value wine of the month?

Olive Farms 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon – $25.

3. What has been added to my to-try wine list?

The rest of the wines at Olive Farm, something I will be able to do in the near future when I redeem my christmas gift of a voucher to a Cheese Barrel’s gourmet cheese making class.

4. What restaurants do I want to return to?

After visiting the Swan Valley and the Riverside Restaurant located in the region I would love to return to the Swan Valley to try more wineries and eateries in the area.

5. What was my favourite meal this month?

The Gnocchi I had at The Blue Duck in Cottesloe was to die for! The gnocchi melted in my mouth and the fresh vegetables made for an exciting summer dish.

Gnocchi.

Gnocchi.

6. Upcoming events for next month?

Twilight Hawkers Markets (cuisine from around the globe) – Forrest Place, Perth City 5pm-9pm every Friday into April.

Boat’s annual Cider Festival – Mindarie Marina, Mindarie January 11th-13th.

Fe”BREW”ary FestivitiesIndi Brewary, Mindarie February 1st-28th.

7. Favourite wine packaging?

Jim Barry’s Sauvignon Blanc Semillon won BF over and for doing that I’d say he win’s for favourite packaging of the month!

Wine Labels.

Wine Labels.

8. Best service?

William at Quarter on Hay – review of my meal there will be up soon.

9. Restaurant I am most keen to try next month?

Heading off to Melbourne for a week so a quaint little restaurant with delicious homemade simple food in a side street is something I would love to find.

10. Wine Century Challenge.

Total: 25 varietals.

Favourite = Müller-Thurgau

Until next time!

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Preece Range

So I thought I would share this little gem that has been hiding at work over the last few weeks. Liquorland is clearing out certain products to make room for newer ones which has led to this range from Preece Winery being reduced from $14 to $4 a bottle! I’ve seen this range and contemplated trying it in the past but it never seemed to move so I always held back, but hey at $4 a bottle (for 2007 and 2009 vintages in my store) it’s worth the gamble!

Last night I opened the 2009 Cab Sav (picture below). The aroma was spicy and rich, the first sip was a little lacking in body for my liking but that soon went away after the wine had breathed in my glass for a little bit. For $14 this would have been an ‘not too bad’ bottle but at $4 it is ‘a bargain’. The Cab Sav was balanced, with a strong emphasis on berries and a hint of spice and oak to give it some depth. Personally it would be a pleasant drink for anyone who enjoys a glass or two of red wine. At $4 I would highly recommend this to anyone!

Preece Cabernet Sauvignon

While at work I decided to grab a few others in the range to try them out also (picture below). Below is my little stash of the Chardonnay (2007), Shiraz (2009) and Dolce Bianco (2010). Also included in this range, which I did not purchase is a Merlot, SSB (low alcohol) and a Dolce Rosso. While I cannot comment on these three wines yet I am definitely excited to try them after having enjoyed the Cab Sav. For anyone looking for some cheap but nice wines I recommend you head to your nearest Liquorland to see what stock they have left (I’m not sure if these wines are still able to be ordered from our warehouse). Best of luck if you decided to try and find some!

Until next time!

Preece Chardonnay, Shiraz and Dolce Bianco.

Welcome

Hello and Welcome!

I have been wanting to dabble into the online medium of blogging and have been wondering what would inspire me to finally jump in and commit to writing on a some-what regular basis. Well inspiration finally arrived over the last week two different people told me that I should share with the world all the thing I eat and drink as I seem to spend half of my meal with someone telling them all about my meal and then proceeding to try/eat half of their meal if they’re foolish enough to allow me the first taste of their meal.

The first entry in this little food adventure will begin at Blend Cafe in Melville on a night out with my boyfriend (BF). A quite busy little restaurant (for a mid-week night) which has an eclectic and alternative decor going on with friendly staff and numerous regular patrons being greeted warmly by the staff and owner throughout our dining experience.

The night began with me running next door to pick out a nice bottle of wine for us to share and as BF only drinks whites (excluding chardonnay) I was restricted to that section of the store. A few minutes later I exited with a nice Sauvignon Blanc Semillon (SBS) ($16.99) from the ‘Jamie & Charlie’ line from the Willoughby Park Winery located in Southwestern Western Australia. I must confess that I picked due to the label design seen in the picture below.

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Wine Bottle’s Label.

Second confession for this post, Sauvinon Blancs (Sav Blanc) and SBS’s are not my favourite. When it comes to wine for me a good Cabernet Sauvignon (Cab Sav) with body, berries and a hint of oak is what I tend to gravitate towards. So due to white wines being a bit of a weakness please forgive me for any faux pas I may make to those who know their whites a little better than I do.

The SBS was a 2011 vintage, as described by me on the night as making me feel that I was “standing between a freshly mowed paddock and an orchard” due to the fresh grassy, citrus and a hint of stone fruit scent that was perfectly complemented by its refreshing taste. I was impressed! My label section had done me well! I will also note the BF was also impressed with my wine selection that suited our pasta’s that we chose off the menu for dinner.

Dinner at Blend consisted of garlic bread for a starter – fresh toasted bread with a nice amount of garlic, enough to taste and savour but not too much to leave you with horrid garlic breath. Our mains for the night was the Pasta Special for BF (homemade pasta with prawns, chorizo, and a chilli tomato sauce), while I had the Triangoli (pumpkin and ricotta triangular pasta parcels in a chilli Neapolitan sauce with spinach and walnuts). BF’s pasta was zingy, delicious and a good serving, while mine was nicely balanced between the flavours but felt that the chilli was non-existent and the servings a little on the small side for being $20+ mains. Due to not feeling full from the mains I then ordered a slice of Apple Pie, which came with a serving of ice-cream to finish my appetite off. The apple pie was a bit disappointing like my meal had been, too much dough and not enough apple flavouring coming through for my liking, however the presentation was cute.

Overall The stars of the night were BFs pasta, the wine and the service at Blend. Also we have decided to return to try the pizza’s on the menu which look and sound to die for! So I will inform you of those when we do. I will try and remember to take a quick snapshot of my meals from now on before I devour them so that I can share those with you also. Let me know you’re experiences if you have tried this wine before or dined at Blend Cafe. Until next time!

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