#9 – Learn something about wine

by Elizabeth on March 10, 2008 · 5 comments

in 101 in 1001, Life, Melbourne

Part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge.

My brother had a conference down at the Mornington Peninsula last week, just outside Melbourne, and extended his stay over the weekend. Tim & I met up with him in Frankston yesterday to see a few wineries and have lunch.

We only had a few hours to work with, which was made worse when we discovered that none of the wineries opened before 11 or 12. It’s almost as if they were telling us that drinking before lunch was frowned upon! Still, we managed to see a few great places including Main Ridge Estate, Tucks Ridge, Red Hill Estate and T’Gallant Winemakers.

I took lots of photos, but I’m really unhappy with most of them. Stupid me for forgetting my UV filter on a sunny day – the contrast and colours are pretty awful.


My brother took us to lunch at T’Gallant, and our meals were incredible


Eldridge Estate (I think?). This winery was closed when we visited, but I still wanted to get a shot


Main Ridge had beautiful gardens surrounding their vineyards. This was probably my favourite photo from the day.


Wine tasting at Tucks Ridge, where I learned that not all Chardonnays are cheap and nasty

I’m really excited about going back to these places when we have more time (and a car!). In particular, Tim really wants to take his parents to the area when they visit at the end of the year, since they love their Australian wine.

I came home yesterday with some really useful tasting notes, and several bottles of booze. Most importantly, I left with some changed opinions about what I thought I did/didn’t like in a wine, and a real appreciation for the winemakers in this region.

These wine tastings taught me a great deal, and were certainly a wonderful start to my goal of learning something about wine. However, I didn’t really feel as though I understood enough about the terminology used to describe them, or the processes involved in making different types of wine. This morning I went hunting for “beginner guides” online, and found Vino! to be a great source of information for an uncultured swines like me.

In particular, I recommend checking out Wine Knowledge 101, Wine Dictionary and The History of Wine.

Do you have a great online resource that would help me continue to learn? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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suz March 11, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Hey,

There are always lots of wine tours going on out in the Yarra Valley (maybe starting to wind down a little at this time of year), but they’re always great fun and you taste a heap of wines.
I’ve been on one or two before and had some great (boozy) days!

Suz

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Relax Max March 13, 2008 at 3:12 am

Dear Scarlet Words:

What a nice blog! I came across you during my daily “entrecruise” and was unable to not stop and smell the flowers and taste the wine. Your photography is gorgeous.

Now that I’ve buttered you up, I wonder if I could enlist your help in combating the Brits over on my own new blog. I am being overwhelmed by them, and could use some insightful cutting Aussie humor (humour? Ok, I gave my American self away there by the spelling) to help me push back the tide.

Then again, just by reading your blog, I see you are perhaps too intelligent to actually get down in the muck over there with us. Just a wistful thought.

I DO like your blog, though!

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Trish March 16, 2008 at 8:08 pm

one more sleep arnie liz, happy st patrick’s day!! πŸ˜‰

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lauren April 25, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Aarrggh! I really want to see ur whole list of things to do, but it’s not opening!!!

Re: Yarra Valley…

I’ve gone on two tours of the Yarra Valley with a tour gide, and I highly reccommend it – yarra valley winery tours is the company I went with both times and for $120 from Melbourne CBD per person including lunch, it’s a great day (plus, you have the opportunity to drink A LOT and don’t have to worry about driving!) If you do go again though – you totally need to check out Boat O’Craigo, Punt Road, Di Bortoli, Sticks, Yeerling Station – they are all fabulous!

πŸ™‚

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Lise June 5, 2008 at 2:41 am

Hi Elizabeth,

What a wonderful concept – to learn 101 things in 1001 days!

This post caught my eye because at the beginning of this year I started a wine knowledge website.

Thought it might prove useful to you and others here.

I’m in the US and haven’t traveled to Australia, but some of next pages will be on wine regions. I’ll be sure to include Australia’s.

Looking forward to more of your 101 things.

Thanks,
Lise

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