Our day of luxury and excess..

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Wine tasting

We woke this morning feeling good considering the night of excesses, and after a bacon and egg breakfast we went downstairs at 10am to have a wine-tasting. Suddenly it seemed perhaps we had lacked foresight, getting drunk the night before a day in the Hunter Valley but the wines were delicious and soon it didn't seem to be such a bad idea afterall. We were lucky enough to be given a number of 'not-for-tasting' wines, including those from the 'cricket pitch' and the 'graveyard', fields named because they used to be a cricket pitch and were proposed for a graveyard! My particular favourite was the Rayner, a $70 bottle of red, and the common favourite was the Nebiolo. We bought 4 Nebiolo, 4 Sanghovese, and 4 white Semillon to accompany our lunch and after a second shopping trip for dinner before we couldn't drive anymore, we drove to Blaxlands for a sunny, boozy, 3 hour lunch al fresco.

In the vineyard
The food was fantastic; I had soft-skinned crab with a tomato, labna (very soft goats cheese) and basil salad. Lots of people had kangaroo steak, or Beef 'n' Reef, everyone left satisfied and content. All 12 bottles of wine disappeared.....

On the way back from the restaurant one group stopped off at the cheese factory, while we stopped off at the Vinden vineyard to pick up a particular 'sticky' (dessert wine) that Anna had had before on a trip with her partner. Since we were there it seemed polite to do another tasting and we sat in the flowered gardens over-looking a lake and garden while we chatted with the staff like old friends, as indeed they were to Anna. We ended up buying the wine for the party later, 1 box of white and 1 of red and securing 2 free bottles of the limited reserve sticky we had originally come for.

Brokenwood
This was to remain our little secret!

Back at Broken Wood we got the barbecue going, got the decks up and running, and at times a kareoke-based video game called Sing Star. After a few hours of partying we found a quiet corner of the party and skulled the sticky, in a manner most un-befitting of the lovely wine that it was! Unfortunately that was our undoing, and after 12 hours of being happily inebriated we all fell asleep where we lay. Me in Anna's bed, her in mine, and Neil in someone else's, from where he had to be moved later!

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Wine tasting
Wine tasting
In the vineyard
In the vineyard
Brokenwood
Brokenwood
Itty bitty grapes
Itty bitty grapes
At Blaxlands for lunch
At Blaxlands for lunch
Hunter Valley
photo by: tamara1973