This weekend Winter was felt in the Yarra Valley. It called for warm winter scarves, coats and boots. The sun came out for a brief glimpse but it was cold. On the shortest day of the year the Valley holds the Shortest Lunch. For the past 8 or so years we have made the trek to some of the smaller boutique wineries in the Yarra Valley for a progressive lunch and some wine tasting and this year was no exception. In previous years we have taken extended family, friends and our little Miss Two but this year it was a couples wine Sunday adventure with two of my besties and their partners. I am sure Sim and her family were there in spirit but alas family illness got in the way. You were very much missed. Poppy got looked after at our house and spoilt rotten by her grandmother and it was a blessing to have the day to ourselves. It doesn't happen very often our last date was a visit to Tucks Ridge where we were married (another great vineyard) and the Peninsula Hot Springs back in March for our 5th wedding anniversary.
The night before the Shortest Lunch Poppy came down with Croup so we had no sleep, a very asthmatic and miserable Miss Two and a short visit to the GP clinic sunday morning at 8am for Poppy before we had even hit the road. Poppy's sick but happy and the seal bark she gets when she gets croup is settling down but it's going to take time. I don't think we will be venturing out of the house much this week. It's cold, she's unwell and it's often the best thing to slow down and rest.
So l thought it might be fun to list the wineries we visited, share what we ate and hopefully inspire you to head to the Valley for your own winter wine adventure or attend the Shortest Lunch next year. It never disappoints. We met Sophie, Jimmy, Tristen and Amber at Brumfield Winery in Seville for a much needed coffee as we hadn't had one yet and both Adam and I felt a little tired. I even bumped into a good friend and her family which was a great surprise. She and Lindsay were being very adventurous to attempt wine tastings and entertaining their son Hamish. We all enjoyed sharing hot Yarra Valley Beef Burgers on turkish bread with Tomato + red capsicum chutney, baby spinach and basil pesto + yoghurt sauce and a wine tasting. Adam really liked their 2008 Cabernet if anyone is interested doing a tasting of their own.
Then we went onto Five Oaks Vineyard for Wally's famous Canadian pancakes and a 14 wine tasting that l was impressed Adam got through. My favourite was the 2008 Chardonnay. I drove and allowed Ads to let his hair down a bit with the boys. We then hit Seville Estate for some Slow cooked Duck Confit and another great wine tasting. The view in the restaurant was amazing and it's such a great place to have a chat, relax and watch the mountains in the embrace of winter and stay warm. I made Adam take photos of Sophie, Amber + I because there aren't many opportunities to be together with how busy our lives get. We made the journey down the mountain and up to Yering Farm for their amazing hot apple pies just like Nanny use to make. They grow the apples in their orchards side by side with their vines. I picked up a bag for home and l'm going to bake a pie during the week + stew some to have with custard. We ended the adventure with pie, did a wine tasting and then enjoyed the most perfect sunset of all time. It was such a suberb day, simple, relaxing, yummy and with the best company. You know you are spoilt when it takes you 20 minutes to get to the Yarra Valley, your friends and hubby spend the day with you and you don't have to do a thing except eat, drink and be merry. What a great lazy Sunday.
Check out the wineries in the Yarra Valley it's right at your backdoor. Imagine cozy fires, warming locally grown produce and slow cooked food, red wine and the misty mountains reaching up to the sky.
Tell me what did you get up to this past weekend?