Saturday, November 17, 2012

Bottle of wine, Fruit of the Vine...

At our recent Labour Weekend, we headed off to Blenheim to visit family and friends...and of course the fabulous vineyards on offer up that way. You would go a long way to beat a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc!

We started off at hte local Farmers Market...a heady mix of local cheese, fruits, pickles...and this rather unusual treat??

The it was off to the vineyards. I liked these two - first off Wither Hills. Very pretty setting and I am told the wines were great. Yep - how unfair but I drew the straw for sober driver, someone e;ses's turn to be the Duty Drunk then!!



You could climb 3 flights of stairs and get wonderful views from the top of that wooden building you can see - all in the time it took my passengers to try the Pinot Noir! 

About 10 minutes down the road, Villa Maria Wines. Now I have tried their offerings before and have never been disappointed. Again, pretty setting


and under the picnic table out front a couple of ducks had settled down for a sleep in the shade!
 

After spedning quite some time chatting to the Australian working the counter, the sample of the day was declared to be this one...


and we headed off to Picton to have lunch with family.

9 comments:

VioletSky said...

I understand the no drinking for you, but you must tell us - were the kiddies with sauce tasty??

Owen said...

I didn't realize that cannibalism was common in NZ... kiddies ???

Well, anyway, if you are the designated driver, I will be very happy to drink up your share of the wines to be tasted !

The Sagittarian said...

Violet - I wasn't brave enough to try!!

Owen - you would be surprised what passes for fun down here!!

Steve said...

Hope they fattened the little blighters up first...

Robert Geiss said...

Peacefulness inside.

Please have you all a good Tuesday.

Keith said...

Looks like great day. And look, blue skies. Haven't seen one of those for a while this way.

Marginalia said...

You lucky bastard!

louciao said...

This looks a lovely day out, in spite of your unfortunate state of soberness. I trust you made up for lost time once the car was safely parked back home?


A Write Blog said...

I get the impression that you made up for lost time once you got home and typed you post out. Don't you have a 'spelkchecker'?

Reminds me of our summer visits to the equivalent here in the UK. Must try the 'Kiddy Crackling'.

Enjoyed the imagery it created.