Monday, June 16, 2008

Bathurst’s best food and wine

There could not have been a better winter’s weekend to wander around Bathurst tasting local wines.

The sun was shining and the sky was blue, providing the perfect backdrop to this year’s much anticipated Winter Winery Wander.

Held over two days due to popular demand, the region’s finest chefs teamed with local vineyards to show participants what Bathurst has to offer.

Vale Creek Wines teamed up with Brett Melhuish of Restaurant 9inety 2wo, McGraths Wines with Scott Taylor of El Dante, White Rock Vineyard with Philippe Legall and Winburndale Wines with Heath Smith of Cobblestone Lane.

The wander was a huge success with over 300 food and wine lovers taking part.

White Rock Vineyard owner Bev Vickers said everyone she spoke to enjoyed themselves.
“It’s been just amazing. We were surprised at the number of people we didn’t know who came from Sydney and Newcastle,” Ms Vickers said. “People have really enjoyed themselves. They’re all saying they had a great day and it has been great value.”

Ms Vickers and her husband Jim started planting pinot in 1997 with merlot and shiraz in 1999.
They make a Burgundy French-style of wine lighter than most Australian wineries. Keeping the tannin and oak at minimum levels to enhance the natural fruit flavours rather than dominate them.

The Vickers’ own 07 pinot noir was featured on the weekend, which Ms Vickers described as a lighter style of wine.
Starting at the Visitors Information Centre on both days, participants travelled from venue to venue by bus.
At each winery, guests were delighted with entertainment, wine tasting and tours of the vineyards, while meeting the vignerons and enjoying one of four courses specially prepared and presented following the slow food philosophy.

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