My Wines of 2020

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Well hasn’t this been a strangely disconcerting year? I hope we never have to experience anything like 2020 again. But there have been some good things experienced through the year and one of them is the excellent wine that I have enjoyed in the past ...

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Albany and all of its charms

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Spending a few days in Albany a couple of weeks ago allowed us to experience the charms of one of Western Australia’s most attractive cities – the quite stunning harbour, wonderful old pre-Federation buildings lining Stirling Terrace, conspicuous ...

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Lamonts – a Swan Valley Oasis

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Heading up to the Valley had been a no-go over the lockdown so once things got moving again it seemed the perfect excuse to get in the car and drive out to a couple of wineries, finishing up at Lamonts for lunch. Lamonts is one of our favourite spots ...

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Chows Table

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Chows Table is a revelation – I had heard many compliments about this Asian influenced restaurant in the same complex as House of Cards winery but was not expecting to find just how good it is! The Malay/Chinese cuisine is superb. The room is ...

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RIVERBANK ESTATE – BACK TO THE VALLEY

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A wonderful day to return to the Swan Valley as restaurants and wineries are re-opening now the State government eases restrictions – and it was a no-brainer to book at one of the best of the winery restaurants in the Valley, Riverbank Estate. ...

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Nikola Estate Winery Restaurant

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The old Houghton’s winery has been reinvigorated under new owners and rebranded Nikola Estate. Part of that new look is the recently opened Nikola Estate winery restaurant. Sitting under vines, or shady pergolas, looking out over the extensive lawns ...

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An Italian favourite – Pinelli’s

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Pinelli – the Italian restaurant attached to the Caversham winery of the same name, and a salute to the heritage of the family - has recently both changed the chef – with Chef Caleb moving on to his own spot in Subiaco and Chef Daniel taking up the ...

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Riverbank in the Valley

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Well what a glorious autumn Sunday we just experienced in the Swan Valley; sunny, warm, blue skies – and just calling for a winery lunch! With Riverbank – one of the Valley’s best – a couple of kilometres away – we just couldn’t resist. We scored ...

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