Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Land Down Under: Wine Tour and Koala Sighting

 Balnarring Vineyard
Winemaker telling us a
Hilarious Story about
Wine and Vegetarianism
About an 1.5 hours from Melbourne is the Mornington Peninsula, one of Australia's famous wine-producing regions. The peninsula is known for its Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Chardonnay. Most wineries offer cellar-door tastings and some have excellent restaurants as well. Having lived near a wine region (California's El Dorado/Amador counties), I'm a bit choosy about my wine. Don't get me wrong. I like a good cheap wine like the next guy, but don't sell inferior wine at exorbitant prices.

The day I visited the Peninsula, it was beautiful. For the most part, the wineries are beautifully situated with vineyards overlooking Port Phillip Bay. As for the wine, it was okay, but nothing special. I've been told that Australia's more famous and perhaps better wineries are in the Yarra Valley also near Melbourne.

The "high point" of my trip was seeing a wild Koala in a tree. It turned out to be less exciting than I expected. It looked like an unmoving grey furry ball. It turns out that Koala's sleep a lot (16-18 hours), and spend the rest of the time eating eucalyptus leaves. The one I saw was clearly in his sleeping phase. 

Toasting with Sparkling Wine

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