But first a little visit to the Everleigh Markets
Meetings with some remarkable women
Those formidable women will certainly be instrumental in helping us moving up on the world scene of food, organic farming, locavores and other ventures that this blogger is keen to involve himself with over the coming months...Stay tuned for more information about what we are trying to achieve and how you can come along for the ride.
Prince Wine Store Sydney - Chateauneuf du Pape tasting
As part of their aggressive marketing campaign for the opening of their Sydney store, Prince Wine Store had pout on a great line-up of six Chateauneuf-du-Pape all from 2012 and all quite heavy in alcohol at 15%...not for the faint hearted! I didn't even know my compatriots were engaging in that sort of behaviour... Anyway, I never had a chance before to taste so many of those wines in one go. Chest chose faith maintemant, mercy Jon!
And I love Côtes du Rhône - Chateauneuf du Pape and Gigondas figure very high on my list of preferred wines, so it was a great opportunity to compare and forge myself an opinion of the great diversity of these different wineries. My preference went straight to the Domaine de la Charbonnière, followed by Clos du Mont Olivet and Font de Michelle Cuvee Etienne Gonnet, two wines that were so similar that I don't think i could have pick one out of the two on a blind tasting. I was not too keen on the newer style of Domaine La Barroche, call me old fashioned, but these wines didn't have the right signature for me. One other Chateauneuf not represented here is Domaine de la Janasse, one of my late Dad's (and mine as well...) favourites.
NSW Food and Wine Festival - Sydney Cellar Door
Almost 70 wineries were present at this event held in the beautiful Hyde Park in the centre of Sydney, where old meet new and centenaries trees provide shadow and comfort for the thousands of visitors on this sunny late summer afternoon in our beautiful city. The Hunter Valley, the Riverina, Orange and Mudgee, the Southern Highlands and the wider area around Canberra.
Food was also well represented with Olive Oil, Oysters, Pizza, Honey, Asian food, burgers and the most exotic ingredient of all: saffron! Here some photos highlighting my preferred wineries and food outlets and some shots of the happy crowds, some quite inebriated by the time I got there, but on their best behaviour nevertheless and some very well dressed beautiful people to suit. Enjoy!
Italians do it better...
GARLIC FROM MORGANICS FARM - ORANGE
Another fabulous addition to our collection of organic fresh garlic on top of Gilles in Braidwood and Near River Produce in the hinterland of Port Macquarie, already extensively featured here.
Libby and Ken Morgan started growing garlic for their own needs 20 years ago. Libby and Ken Morgan started commercially about four years ago. It is mainly the purple variety that I personally prefers to the pearl variety as it tends to grow bigger bulbs and just looks better in the pantry! I believe it also tastes stronger, so definitely more for the real garlic (Gallic?...) lover!
SYO - Shuck your OWN - OYSTERS UNPLUGGED
Met Ben Ralston this morning, a young and enthusiastic oyster grower on the Clyde River, a few hundreds miles south of Sydney. Ben and his family have been at it for 140 years! and they produce a mean Sydney Rock Oyster. They have more recently embarked on a new journey to promote freshly shucked oysters in Sydney restaurants, and at your own function, event or party with their "mingling oyster shuckers" - I own the copyright on this one, Ben! - where waiters with a specially designed apron mingles through your guests and offer them to shuck an oyster for each of them under their bewildered eyes, season them - or not - with "embarked" vinaigrette and other condiments - squeeze of lime anyone? What a wonderful idea as an add-on to your regular caterer!
And now, we will be able to buy unopened, untouched oysters from Oysters Unplugged every Saturday from the Everleigh Markets, rather than the tasteless varieties courtesy of the Sydney Fish Markets!
A breath of fresh Melbourne air into the local food scene: enfin! Keep up the good work, Ben & Co!
Born in France, well travelled, relocated to Sydney in 1997.
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