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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Pandemonium Wines


The newest kid on the Swan Valley block opened for business on Sunday 29 November, and I was along to check it all out. A large shed on the Great Northern Highway in Baskerville has been nicely fitted out, with a very impressive stainless ...

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Raising Riesling 2015


The annual celebration of the Great Southern Wine Producers Association promoting their wonderful Riesling was held on Sunday 6 December at the Royal Perth Yacht Club. Lady FWO and I were kindly invited by the Association to attend – thanks to ...

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Rosé at Myattsfield


Last year it was chardonnay as the three wine makers went to head to head in competition, this year we see the results of Tête-à-Tête à Trois Rosé challenge – and three excellent wines have been produced by Josh, Rachel and Josh. A recent ...

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