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).