From TASMANIA to COONAWARRA

Is it just coincidence or do fine knitwear and fine wine go together?  Everywhere we go there seem to be vineyards and lovely cellar doors to visit.  At Goaty Hill, in Tasmania's Tamar Valley, a glass of their stunning chardonnay and a cheese platter made for a perfect light lunch.  Bay of Fires riesling is up there with the best and at Pipers Brooke it's a toss-up between their bubbles and the Chocolate Brownie.  We'll hit the gym when we go home!

There was a dusting of snow on Mt Wellington as we set up in the Henry Jones Art Hotel on Friday morning.  What an interesting hotel, the old jam factory has been preserved (pun intended) and restored to perfection while keeping the character and history of the buildings.

On Saturday morning at the Salamanca Market I bought picture books, from the author and illustrator, for my younger grandchildren. Penguin, written by Anthony Dekker and illustrated by Marion and Steve Isham is a delightful tale. The illustrations in The Great Apple Chase, by C A McIntyre, are amazing.

We are off to Coonawarra for the long weekend and look forward to setting up once again in Patrick's Cellar Door, a couple of kilometres north of Penola.  More great wine, this time Coonawarra's signature reds. We hope to see you there, check out our end of season special prices at Patrick's or online and taste some of Patrick's beautiful wines.