Entries from September 2010 ↓

Dame Mint Pattie endures a long time between drinks

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Forgive the above title, it’s colloquial and catchy but aside from that complete bullshit. Our self-assigned mission to visit all the cellar doors in the Canberra region has meant that casa notional has been awash with local vino for more than 12 months.

What it has been a long time between, is fresh posts – something I’m aiming to rectify very soon. In the meantime, I’ve noticed Bryan Martin, winemaker at Ravensworth and Clonakilla, is now blogging a selection of his Canberra Times food columns and it’s well worth a look. Finally, if you’re after thoughtful wine reviews and reports* then Chris Shanahan’s site is the one to bookmark.

Meanwhile, if you’re browsing some of the cellar door lists for Canberra, you might come across England’s Creek and Four Winds Vineyard. Both grow grapes and Four Winds does produce wine under its Alinga label, but neither are open to the public.

England’s Creek grows contract grapes for the local wine market so chances are you’ve already gargled some of their produce.

Four Winds has deal with the Arc Cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive but I haven’t been tempted by their screenings lately, so I haven’t had a chance to try any (although Our MIC tells me he’s spotted them on sale at the Kingston IGA). You can order their wines online and you can also follow them on twitter.

*On the other hand, if you enjoy too many footnotes and weak jokes, then head straight to our notional archives.

Cross-posted from Our Notional Capital, where Dame Mint Pattie blogs with Our Man in Canberra; the rest of the series is here.

Emica gets new digs

ProgDins contributor Emica and her partner have left London, and are coming home the long way. The REALLY long way – via Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgrade, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel and finally back to their home in WA via NZ and the east coast.

Yeah, the list makes me cranky too, but in very happy news, she’s set up a blog to chronicle her culinary adventures as she travels. It’s called A Shared Table, and you should bookmark it.

She’s in Spain now, and has perfected gazpacho with help from a Sevillian friendship which began on the plane on the way there. Imma gonna make me some as soon as it gets over about ten degrees in Canberra!

Bon voyage Emica, to you and A Shared Table.


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