Monday, November 30, 2009

Inducted into SA Great Hall of Fame

The team at Rich & Lingering have been at it again. We recently received accolades from both the regional and state tourism awards. Rich & Lingering received a silver medal at the South Australian tourism awards in the Tour Operator category.

For the third year in a row Rich & Lingering was also judged the winner at the SA Great Regional Awards for Tourism Services. The award is recognition of Rich & Lingering’s creativity, professionalism and innovation in the industry. It acknowledges our focus on providing high levels of wine and food knowledge, together with outstanding customer service.

Furthermore to this great honour, Rich & Lingering was also inducted into the SA Great Hall of Fame in recognition of our continued success in the region.

These industry honours and the fantastic feedback we receive from guests, from Australia and all around the world, continue to be great rewards for all the South Australian wine we have to drink… I mean, research carefully.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

After Hours at Murray Street Vineyards

Join Murray Street Vineyards 'After Hours', where you can sit down and enjoy a wine tasting, Barossa tasting platter or a cheese plate. Whilst experiencing the ambience of the tasting room in the evening. This will commence on Friday evenings starting on November the 27th. 5pm till 7pm.

Experience Murray Street Vineyards and understand why the world's most influential wine critics are turning their attention to Greenock, the Barossa, South Australia. For more information please contact Sally or Ph: 08 8562 8373

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hentley Farm Cellar Door Now Open

Set among the rolling hills on the banks of Greenock Creek at Seppeltsfield, Hentley Farm is a boutique single estate vineyard that produces distinctive wines reflective of its exceptional site, in Barossa Valley wine region. After months of hard work the renovations and refurbishments at their cellar door are now complete! Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November will see special celebration.

To celebrate tastings and sales will be available of their entire current collection including old favorites such as The Beauty and The Beast. New releases and a limited number of back vintages will also be available.

A la carte food pairings will be available all weekend, prepared by their cuisine partner Cole Thomas from Culinary Solutions and his exceptional team. The food Cole Thomas has matched with Hentley Farm wines for the weekend are;

- Venison, cocoa, beetroot, ruby chard
- Duck breast, pumpkin, 'olive liquorice'
- Asparagus, parmesan custard, mushrooms, onion powder
- Seared scallops, cauliflower puree, beetroot jus, petite herbs

Throughout the day Andrew their winemaker will be hosting a structured tasting of Hentley Farm wines with food and wine pairing by Cole and his team. There will be three sessions on both days, beginning at 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm at a cost of $40, with the option of chewing the fat amongst the vines with their vineyard manager Greg Mader, starting forty-five minutes beforehand.

Bookings for these tastings and vineyard tours are essential; to reserve a place please call the cellar door on (08) 8562 8427, by Tuesday 27 October 2009.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Appellation Restaurant Reopens

Appellation restaurant in the Barossa has recently reopened it’s substantially expanded and upgraded facilities following its annual July closure. While maintaining an intimate, romantic feel, Appellation’s nightly capacity for guests has increased from 28 to 48 seats with the addition of a new dining room adjoining the existing venue. Investment in this expanded space has been guided by continuing demand for bookings which could not be met in the original restaurant.

Appellation’s cellar, housing South Australia’s top wine list, has doubled in size and features a glass walled wine display. Likewise, the lounge has tripled in size and features an upbeat contemporary décor, allowing for additional seating for pre- and post-dinner drinks in luxe surrounds. And, in the coming warmer months, Appellation will open a new outdoor terrace for sunset drinks with one of the most appealing vineyard vistas in the Barossa.

The restaurant, co-located with The Louise luxury vineyard retreat on Seppeltsfield Road in the north-western Barossa, is open daily from 5pm for drinks and from 7pm for dinner. Both the signature Wine Flight Tasting Menu and À La Carte Menu are available every night, each demonstrating Appellation’s ongoing commitment to seasonal evolution of ingredients and regionally sourced, wine-friendly food.

Reservations are essential on (08) 8562 4144

Barossa Slow 2009

Barossa Slow, 1-4 October 2009

The Barossa has long been known as a food haven, a place where the evolution of the ‘waste not want not’ principle has simmered into an industry in its own right.

Welcome to 2009 Barossa Slow which proudly highlights the traditions and transitions of the region's rich food culture. Participants in this event have a rare opportunity to immerse themselves in the very heart of these customs, to meet the makers and savour the exciting elements contributed by insightful newcomers.

Share meals with local artisans, take tours with primary producers, get into the minds of those who exemplify small-scale production, meet the locals and make new friends with like-minded food lovers. Share exquisite wine and discuss the intricacies of long held beliefs and time-honoured rituals.

This is how we do things here - slowly but surely, lovingly and carefully. It's about mixing tradition with the now, progressing but withholding, being commercially viable but maintaining integrity. Bringing it back, moving it forward. Keeping it real. Slowing us down.

Highlights include:
• The Long Table Dinner – everyone will gather for a warm Barossa welcome with great food, wine and conversation
• The Producers Table – a behind the scenes look at the food artisans of the Barossa
• Torbreck Terroir – Take a walk in Torbreck Winemaker Dave Powell’s world of terroir
• The Cellar Table - Intimate dinners around the Barossa with a chef or a winemaker

Full details of the event are available here.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Australia's Most Collectible Wine

One of Australia's largest wine cellaring companies Wine Ark has reviewed more than 3 million bottles stored by its members and come up with a list of the top 50 wines Australians love to keep.

Once again most of the top 50 wines came from South Australia (60 per cent). Shiraz was the most collected variety making up 46 per cent of the top 50. With Penfolds being the most popular producer with eight of the top 50 wines.

The full details are;

Most Collected Shiraz - Penfolds Bin 95 Grange

Most Collected Cabernet - Lakes Folly Cabernets

Most Collected Pinot Noir - Mount Mary Pinot Noir

Most Collected Chardonnay - Leeuwin Estate Art Series

Most Collected Riesling - Grosset Polish Hill

Most Collected Semillon - Tyrrell's Vat 1

Top 50 collected wines

  • 1. Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz
  • 2. Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz Blend
  • 3. Lake's Folly Cabernets Cabernet Blend
  • 4. Penfolds St Henri Shiraz
  • 5. Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 6. Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 7. Cullen Diana Madeline Cabernet Merlot
  • 8. Rockford Basket Press Shiraz
  • 9. Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 10. Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz
  • 11. Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay
  • 12. Petaluma Coonawarra Cabernet Merlot
  • 13. Grosset Polish Hill Riesling
  • 14. Mount Mary Quintet Cabernet Blend
  • 15. d'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz
  • 16. Wynns John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 17. Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 18. Penfolds RWT Shiraz
  • 19. Petaluma Hanlin Hill Riesling
  • 20. Jasper Hill Georgia's Paddock Shiraz
  • 21. Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz
  • 22. Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
  • 23. Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz
  • 24. Wynns Coonawarra Estate Michael Shiraz
  • 25. Jacobs Creek St Hugo Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 26. Tyrrell's Wines Vat 1 Hunter Semillon
  • 27. Howard Park Cabernet Merlot
  • 28. Penfolds Bin 128 Shiraz
  • 29. Mount Langi Ghiran Langi Shiraz
  • 30. Brokenwood Graveyard Shiraz
  • 31. Grosset Springvale Watervale Riesling
  • 32. Seppelt Chalambar Shiraz
  • 33. Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz
  • 34. Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 35. Turkey Flat Shiraz
  • 36. Voyager Estate Cabernet Merlot
  • 37. Lindemans Limestone Ridge Shiraz Cabernet Blend
  • 38. Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz
  • 39. AP Birks Wendouree Shiraz
  • 40. De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon
  • 41. Seppelt St Peters Shiraz
  • 42. Parker Terra Rossa First Growth Cabernet
  • 43. Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 44. Giaconda Chardonnay
  • 45. Dalwhinnie Moonambel Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 46. Torbreck Runrig Shiraz Viognier
  • 47. Hardy's Eileen Hardy Shiraz
  • 48. Tyrrell's Wines Vat 9 Shiraz
  • 49. Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 50. Yarra Yering Dry Red No 1Cabernet Blend (althought why you would I dont know)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Barossa Gourmet Weekend 2009

Warming, hearty winter food with world famous wines - the NAB Barossa Gourmet weekend is on again Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd August in the beautiful Barossa Valley. With a winter harvest as the culinary theme, participating wineries will be selecting the best local produce to match with their delicious wines, highlighting the best the Barossa has to offer.

With 22 participating wineries, picturesque views, cosy cellar doors, and great toe-tapping music, there is something for every taste and every age. Exploring new Barossa wineries or visit old favourites, this weekend has something for everyone and incorporates special winemaker breakfasts and dinners along with the well-loved concept of food and wine matching.

The event is child friendly with activities across many wineries to keep the whole family engaged. And don't forget the Barossa's fantastic accommodation to suit all budgets for those who would like to immerse themselves in the whole Barossa experience.

So, shed off the winter blues and warm your senses with great wine, food, music and that famous Barossa hospitality.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

South Australia sweeps International Wine Challenge

South Australian winemakers have blitzed the 2009 International Wine Challenge (IWC), picking up 27 gold medals. The Challenge brings together the very best judges with the arduous task of tasting every single bottle of wine. Boasting more than 9,500 entries, the International Wine Challenge has cemented its place as the best and biggest blind tasting in the world. It is held every year at the Barbican Centre in London.

Out of an overall worldwide total of 304 gold, Australia scored 43, second only to France. Multiple gold winning SA wine producers were Yalumba, Peter Lehmann and Tim Adams. Barossa wines featured most prominently.

Some of Rich & Lingering’s key partners were successful at the Challenge. Those winning gold medals and trophies included; Fox Creek (2006 Reserve Shiraz), Shaw & Smith (2007 Shiraz), Peter Lehmann (2004 Mentor, and the 2003 & 2004 Margaret Semillon), Primo Estate (2007 Joseph Angel Gully Shiraz), and Wirra Wirra (2007 Dead Ringer Cabernet Sauvignon).

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Producers' Long Lunch at the Sea and Vines Festival

Celebrate Sea & Vines at Producers’ Table, on Sunday 7 June. Resident chef Nigel Rich (co-head chef of d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant and devoted fisherman) creates a taste of the sea with views to Willunga Hills.

Maverick winemaker Joch Bosworth serves a selection of Battle of Bosworth’s organically grown single vineyard wines over a deliciously long lunch, including; Snapper broth with saffron foam Oysters BBQ baby squid stuffed with Willunga almonds, spinach and buffalo mozarella Chargrilled octopus in sake Beetroot tarte tatin with goat curd Thai prawn salad with citrus dressing, garden peas and fresh mint Flathead saltimbocca on green rice with anchovy butter & blistered tomatoes Orange, fennel & rocket salad with olives and verjuice Potato & tilsit gratin Roasted vegetables from the farm Producers’ verjuice custard with pickled quince in shiraz syrup Petit fours quinces & candied citrus served with coffee.

Set menu shared table $90 per person. Please book early as seating is limited: by phone (08) 8323 0060 or visit

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rigoni's Long Lunch At Lloyd Brother's

The Sunday Long Lunches are back at Lloyd Brothers in McLaren Vale. Take a tour through their new Olive Oil Press house with General Manager Sam Temme, as he describes the process of making Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Kalamata Table Olives and handpicked, Single Vineyard wines.

Chef Tony Bailey from Rigoni's warms things up as he draws on the rich flavours of Italy to prepare one of his trademark lunches. Each course will be matched with a flight of Lloyd Brothers wines, with the rare opportunity to sample and compare some of their past vintages.

Seated in their private dining area next to a log fire, you are invited to take the time, slow down and enjoy the beautiful food and wine of our region.

The first Long Lunch starts on the weekend of Sea & Vines Festival (Sunday 7th June & Monday 8th June), then each Sunday for the rest of the month. $80 per person (all inclusive).

For reservations contact at Lloyd Brothers Wine and Olive Company.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Come up to the cool climate of Adelaide Hills (1 to 3 May 2009) in its most exquisite season - Autumn. Drive through the region in all its glorious colour. Discover the new Chardonnays; fine, elegant golden wines and the delicacy of sparkling wines in many beautiful locations around the region. There will be separate events, from regional wine tastings with the winemakers, wine masterclasses, and some great food and music.

Other sessions will focus on sparkling wine, with demonstrations on disgorging, or dinners at The Lane Vineyard based around sparkling wine and Chardonnay wines.

On Sunday 3rd May, at Mt Lofty House there is a special event based on a vertical tasting of the ‘White Grange’, Penfolds Yattarna, with winemaker Kym Schroeter. This will include the two vintages that were made entirely from Adelaide Hills’ Chardonnay grapes, the 2003 and 2005.

Other great producers from the region who will be concentrating on Chardonnay include; Ashton Hills, Barratt Wines, Petaluma, Shaw + Smith, to name but a few.

For more details contact Rich & Lingering or download a flyer to discover more about this exception variety of the region.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Adelaide Hills Crush

Crush 09 will continue to build on the success of this key Adelaide Hills Festival. In addition to providing a wonderful showcase for the very best the Region has to offer on the Australia Day weekend, Crush 09 is taking an innovative direction in offering complimentary tutored tastings through the day on three of our key varieties, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Shiraz.

These ‘Discover more…’ sessions will give both new and more experienced wine lover the opportunity to learn some of the secrets of these wonderful wines from our gifted young winemakers and take those secrets home with them. Darryl Catlin of Shaw & Smith will be comparing Adelaide Hills and New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, Peter Dredge of Petaluma will be inviting people to rediscover the elegance of Chardonnay and Erinn Klein and Phillippe Morin will be comparing cool and warm climate and French Shiraz.

There will also be lots of fun with 17 different venues offering everything from an Amy Winehouse tribute at Hahndorf Hill Winery to an opportunity experience the thrill of black cockatoos flying in at dusk at Sinclairs Gully.

Crush 09 will also be the start of a journey leading through three further, seasonal events during the year which will celebrate Chardonnay and Sparkling Wines in Autumn, Adelaide Hills Reds in Winter and the season’s new Sauvignon Blancs in Spring.

Through encouraging a deeper knowledge of these wonderful varieties producers continue their commitment to encourage both greater appreciation and safe drinking of Adelaide Hills Wine, which can be tasted in the vineyard only 20 minutes from Adelaide city. For more information see

Friday, January 9, 2009

Sticky Rice Cooking School

Sticky Rice Cooking School in Stirling (in the Adelaide Hills) is an exciting new culinary experience offering hands on cooking classes with adventurous and talented chefs in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine.

You can learn how to create restaurant quality dishes in hands-on cooking classes with Australia's masters of Asian cuisine, then wine and dine on the recipes.

Sticky Rice Cooking School was named as one of the Top 20 Hotspots for 2009 by the Adelaide Annual 2009 as published by the Advertiser and are one of only 3 places listed in SA.

Regional Tourism Award Success

The 2008 SA Great Regional Tourism Services Award was recently awarded to Rich & Lingering by Catriona Rowntree, presenter of Channel 9’s travel program “Getaway”.

Catriona presented the award to Jason Miller of Rich & Lingering at the official awards ceremony at Auchendarroch House in the Adelaide Hills.

The award recognises and celebrates those individuals and businesses that have made a significant contribution to the Adelaide Hills region of South Australia. This award is open to specialised tourism services or facilities that enhance the visitor experience and integrate with other tourism products.

2008 is the second year Rich & Lingering have been recipients of the SA Great award.

"It is gratifying to receive recognition from the industry of our commitment to excellence, and caps off another very successful year for us” said Jason Miller of Rich & Lingering.

Rich & Lingering were the proud winners in the 2008 SA Tourism Awards. It is recognition of their creativity, professionalism and innovation in the industry. The award highlights Rich & Lingering’s focus on providing both high levels of wine and food knowledge and excellent customer service to their guests.

Rich & Lingering provides 5 star food and wine tours for guests, focussing on Barossa Valley, Adelaide Hills, and McLaren Vale wine regions of South Australia.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Monty Python's Australian Wine Review

A lot of people pooh-pooh Australian table wines. This is a pity as many fine Australian wines appeal not only to the Australian palate but also to the cognoscenti.

Black Stump Bordeaux is rightly praised as a peppermint flavored Burgundy, whilst a good Sydney Syrup can rank with any of the world's best sugary wines.

Château Blue, too, has won many prizes; not least for its taste, and its lingering afterburn.
Old Smokey 1968 has been compared favorably to a Welsh claret, whilst the Australian Wino Society thoroughly recommends a 1970 Coq du Rod Laver, which, believe me, has a kick on it like a mule: eight bottles of this and you're really finished. At the opening of the Sydney Bridge Club, they were fishing them out of the main sewers every half an hour.

Of the sparkling wines, the most famous is Perth Pink. This is a bottle with a message in it, and the message is 'beware'. This is not a wine for drinking, this is a wine for laying down and avoiding.

Another good fighting wine is Melbourne Old-and-Yellow, which is particularly heavy and should be used only for hand-to-hand combat.

Quite the reverse is true of Château Chunder, which is an appellation contrôlée, specially grown for those keen on regurgitation; a fine wine which really opens up the sluices at both ends.

Real emetic fans will also go for a Hobart Muddy, and a prize winning Cuvee Reserve Château Bottled Nuit San Wogga Wogga, which has a bouquet like an aborigine's armpit.