Amani Bar


Amani Bar in Leederville is in Oxford Street, near Vincent Street, but a little away from the main Leederville “strip”, across the road from the Luna cinema. It is small and cosy– a long room with seating down one side and a bar along the other; ...

Read More »

Jane Brook Estate


On Toodyay Road, a little off the beaten track of Swan Valley wineries, Jane Brook Estate has been producing excellent wines for many years - certainly from the time David and Bev Atkinson bought the Vignacourt winery back in the early 1970s. Some ...

Read More »

Brygon Reserve Wines


Brygon Reserve Wines On my recent trip down South I dropped by Brygon Estate’s new cellar door on the Osmington Road, just along from Colonial Brewery. It is a picturesque place set amongst lawns and vines, and offering a wide range of wines to ...

Read More »

Champagne and Oysters with Jerry and Justin


In Sonnets from the Portuguese Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways”; Friday night at Lot20 it was more a matter of “how to prepare an oyster? Let me count the ways”…and in the hands of Jerry Fraser and Lot20 ...

Read More »

Firetail Wines


Firetail has a charming little cellar door in Rosa Glen, a place I know well – my grandfather farmed just a few hundred metres away from the winery – with a cosy tasting room, a deck out front to sit and enjoy the vista across the vines, a welcoming ...

Read More »

Simply Paella at Pinelli Estate


Pinelli Wines in the Swan Valley celebrated end of harvest with a function at their Caversham winery – sitting out under the vine covered patio on a warm autumn evening, Lady FWO and I, along with our daughter and son in law, and a good crowd of ...

Read More »

Riverbank Estate Winery and Restaurant


We have long regarded the restaurant at Riverbank Estate as one of the best in the Swan Valley – and our visit on Friday evening confirmed that opinion. We went along to sample some dishes from the new menu which is moving away from standard entrée, ...

Read More »

Houghtons Winery Café


The café at Houghtons, one of the most historic of WA vineyards with impressive grounds – rolling lawns, tall shady trees, rimmed by the vines – is basically an open air arrangement – sheltered by pergolas and shade cloth, with café blinds for rainy ...

Read More »

Fairbrossen Wines


On our recent trip to Fairbrossen (see review of their restaurant elsewhere in the blog) I also took the opportunity to buy a few bottles – both of their Fairbrossen label and of the Side Projects series – the latter of these are an experimental ...

Read More »

Fairbrossen winery and café


Fairbrossen winery in Carmel Road produce some very good wines, with grapes sourced from their Perth Hills site as well as another vineyard in Margaret River. They also have a café with pleasant views out across the vines and the valley below; on ...

Read More »