Ugly Duckling

Sign

Ugly Duckling is a small winery on West Swan Road, opening up to the public around 2011, with a tasting area at the back of a little California bungalow style cottage. Since then a covered al fresco area has been set up, as well as other ...

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Wines of the Week – 4

Wines

Ironwood 2013 Riesling From Gene and Mary Harma’s lovely little winery on the Porongurup Road, comes this excellent expression of Great Southern Riesling. Pale straw in colour, this wine has an aromatic nose, floral and underpinned by lifted ...

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Plume Estate Vineyard Café

Outlook

Plume Estate is the newest of the wineries in the Bickley/Carmel Valley region of the Perth Hills. They opened to the public on Easter Saturday and I went along to taste the wines and have a look over the place. And I was their first ...

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Clarences

Front

Clarences is one of a growing number of small bars and trendy restaurants on the Highgate/ Mount Lawley strip along Beaufort Street. It has been around for a while now and has become a very popular spot if the crowd last Monday night was anything to ...

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Wines of the Week – 3

myattsfield

As I think I have written before, we have been drinking wines from Carmel Valley winery Myattsfield quite a bit lately and three of those are reviewed here. Josh and Rachel Davenport really are turning out some top quality wines, and they are well ...

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Riverbank Estate

Beef

Riverbank Estate restaurant has a lovely outlook over vines rolling down to the Swan River and across to Woodbridge House on the far side. The veranda, shielded by heavy cafe blinds is the prime place to sit - in winter gas heaters add a touch of ...

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The Garden

hotel

Once upon a time I spent a lot of time on Saturdays at the Leederville Hotel - prior to and after watching the mighty West Perth toy with the opposition at Leederville Oval. When Subiaco and the pseudo-Eagles came to infest the hallowed ground, the ...

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Moss Wood Retrospective Magnum Tasting

Magnums

Moss Wood, my pick as the winery producing the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia has been bottling a limited magnum edition of the flagship wine since 1991. And I have been buying one of each vintage and storing them and admiring them but until ...

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Wines of the Week – 2

Wines

Duke’s Vineyard in the Porongurups is one the best wineries in the Great Southern region; they produce excellent Cabernet and Shiraz and outstanding Riesling. The Magpie Hill Reserve range is particularly noteworthy. Duke has also instigated another ...

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Wines of the week

Wines

2010 Galafrey Mount Barker Dry Land Reserve Riesling While the 2014 vintage of this wine won gold at the last Qantas Wine Show, I had the pleasure of opening a bottle of the 2010 the other night. What a great wine and it shows the cellaring ...

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