Friday, April 22, 2016

I'll have a fabulous view with my wine s'il vous plaît!



Yesterday after a walk in Kings Park, a coffee in Chapels on Whatley in Maylands we set off with visiting Melbourne blogger Andrew and partner to have lunch at Sittella, recommended by SIL, merci beaucoup Haze, one of the many wineries in the Swan Valley. P was hoping to spot one of the small Australasian birds that the winery is named after, but alas not a Sittella in sight. After a few days of rain everything is so green. I'm guessing the grapes have just been picked as I read harvesting is January to March in this region...  


I've often wondered why there are always roses planted at the head of each row of vines.. I now know it's because roses are susceptible to many of the same fungal diseases as the vines and therefore an early warning of problems that could occur during the growing period.. very pretty alarm system :)


Those of you who are regular readers know that for moi the best part of any meal is the dessert :) My main meal of grilled Schnapper was good but the warm apple crumble with cream and caramel sauce topped with a jaunty little biscotti was bliss! Weather perfect, excellent company, a few bottles of Sittella wines brought home for future enjoyment.. it was all good! Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...


26 comments:

  1. I like the Swan valley area. I'm with you on the dessert, great choice!

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  2. Tasty visit! Aloha from Calif wine country where I see vines like these!

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  3. Hmm, interesting fact with the roses, Grace!
    I haven´t seen this practice in Italy - maybe Italy can learn from "Straya" here, huh? So much for good ole tradition, non?
    I still have the unopened bottle of wine from "nonno Duilio".
    Oh. What a language-mix, pardonne moi ;-)

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  4. A gorgeous place all around and I'd love to visit but I'm really jealous over that dessert! Yummy!

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  5. That is one big bowl of dessert, Grace! They harvest frozen grapes for ice wine here in January and February! ;-)

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  6. Wineries dominate my hinterland world on the Mornington Peninsula. I love watching the changing colours on the vines in autumn. Great views at this one and so wonderful to have great food when you wander there.

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  7. Your apple crumble dessert looks fabulous. Hope the wine you bought is good. Bet you got a taste before your purchase. Our local wineries are not great. Their wine is on the sweet side.

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  8. My gods! That dessert looks quite tasty. Wine and dessert. Sounds like a day of perfection. Hopefully it's getting cooler over there and you are enjoying the outdoors more!

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  9. That view is fabulous and that dessert even better. What more could anyone want....oh, yes....a nice glass of wine. Now we have it.

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  10. Looks like a nice place, and the dessert & wine looks like the perfect thing to enjoy before heading back home. HAPPY WEEKEND, GRACE! :-)

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  11. Well, yeah! What could possibly compete with apple crumb. :-)

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  12. We thank you for your beautiful review Grace! Have a great weekend, take care!

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  13. That looks great, Grace. The apple crumble makes my mouth water. For me, that is an autumn dessert, and, guess what!, it is autumn for you.

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  14. Lovely images. We enjoy Aussie wine but they don't send the finest stuff to our supermarkets.

    I do remember being taught the proper way to pronounce shiraz on our one visit to your country years ago.

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  15. That dessert does look sensational Grace. I have always maintained that the only reason one eats entree and main is to get to dessert :-)

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  16. The apple crumble dessert looks delicious and it would be the best part of the meal for me too :)

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  17. You really know how to have a good day, a wine, a nice meal with dessert and a wonderful view. Life is good!

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  18. Interesting post, and the photos too :-)

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  19. You certainly do, and your dessert looks scrumptious!

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