Apologies that I missed a post yesterday…
If I would have written one, it would have likely been riddled with wine-infused typos.Anthony and I spent the day sipping, nibbling, and learning. We even did some winemaking, thanks to a lovely engagement present from our generous friends and hosts!McLaren Vale is full of wineries whose staff is ready to pour visitors a drink (or seven) all day long. We had so much fun at D’Arenberg, where experts helped us make a shiraz blend from three different types of wine. It was really interesting (and helpful!) to taste the mineral-y flavors of wine closer to the sea and the floral notes of grapes grown a bit higher in altitude.
We mixed, sampled, and created our own bottles of signature shiraz!The other hugely exciting news is that we met our model winemaker. We have loved Inkwell wine since we first tried it two years ago. When we found out the Inkwell cellar door was just around the corner, I got in touch with the owner, Dudley, who was more than happy to share a drink with us.Dudley is actually from a small town in Ohio, right near where my parents grew up, and had read my blog before. I think the stars aligned to bring us all together for an American/Australian celebration. Thanks, Dudley!
After Inkwell we still found the strength to keep sampling at a handful of other vineyards.Lots of shiraz, lots of cheese, lots of toasts… you get the idea.We even sampled a honey-based mead! It was sweet and hit the spot after tons of tannin.After a day of tasting, I think it’s safe to say that the only thing that rivals the fantastic wines of this region are the fantastic views.
Which is why I’ve got to get outside and go for a final wine country run!
- Do you live close to a wine-producing area?
- Have you ever tried mead, port, or those other really sweet drinks?
- Have you ever made wine or beer?