ANOTHER AUSSIE WINE AND DINE REPORT
The tour was out to Palm Valley, in Central Australia.
The operator was the very well known and highly regarded Alice
Springs Holidays,- a full day tour which takes in a trip along
the Finke River, the oldest river bed in the world, and after
the bitumen, it's a slow 20 kilometre trip over some rather rugged
In fact, it tales 2 hours just to cover the last 20 k's, but
a lot fun.
A visit to Hermannsburg Lutheran Mission is also included,
on the way home, checking out the historic precinct.
But to the food and the wine.
Morning tea with home made carrot cake and cookies, and after
a good old walk up beautiful Palm Valley, Alice Springs Holidays
calls into an excellent picnic spot.
Tables and seating, - all under cover, with each picnic area
having its own gas BBQ.
The Park Rangers certainly do things well.
The picnic area we visited is just one of several in the area,-
up at the camping grounds there are further facilities.
A salad lunch was the order of the day,- way out in the middle
of the Central Australia desert, there we were eight of us, sitting
around enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch or chicken salad, pasta
salad and a Greek salad, fresh home baked bread and that accompanied
by a wine.
My choice was a Logan 04 Apple Tree Flat Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.
Not a bad choice either, and it's priced at just under $10, making
it one of the better valued wines.
It's very much Aussie, with the semillon grapes out of Mudgee
and the Sauvignon Blanc fruit from Orange.
I was impressed with its flavour, nice and lively, and a perfect
drop to sample in the warmer summer months.
Obviously out at Palm Springs, most times it's warm to hot, so
a crisp salad or two, home baked bread, and a refreshing glass
of the Logan 04 Apple Tree Flat Semilion Sauvignoin Blanc,- is
such a pleasant way to go.
Now, the one-day touring package from Alice Springs Holidays
is priced at $159 per adult, and that does include lunch with
wine or beer or soft drinks included in the price.
It's not a byo, as refreshments are inclusive.
The tour departs Alice Springs each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
For bookings check the website www.alicespringsholidays.com.au
A MORNINGTON PENINSULA WINE AND INDIAN AT TAMWORTH
It was a total accident, - having booked into a decent motel
in Tamworth at around 7-00pm, the next thing to do was to locate
a decent restaurant.
Whilst the motel had its own restaurant, I wanted to stretch
the legs and walk to a dining location.
It just so happens that one block back along the New England
Highway was an Indian restaurant.
A quick check inside,- the aromas were out of this world, so
look no further,
We have struck pay-dirt.
Welcome to the Priya Mahal, located along Goonoo Goonoo Road,
Choice for the evening was Kashmiri Malai Kofta,- or vegetables
and cottage cheese dumplings cooked in wonderfully rich gravy.
This would make a meal in itself, flavours coming out of every
Second fish was Chicken Pudina,- boneless chicken cooked with
onion curry based with mint and coriander garnished with capsicum.
A wine to accompany, and there was no better choice than a wine
from Arthur's Seat in Victoria, featuring a wine from of the
Miceli childrens' collection.
From the Mornington Peninsula winery, I selected the Miceli Olivia's
Hand picked grapes with whole bunch pressed thus maintaining
supreme fruit flavour.
This wine, by the way, took out a gold and trophy at Royal Melbourne
2004, as the best Victorian white wine.
I sure did choose well.
Now the dumplings at Priya Mahal were priced at $14.90, and
the Chicken Pudina, at $17.90.
And the Miceli Olivia's Chardonnay 2004, recommended retail price
For details of distributors contact Anthony Miceli,- his work
number is 03 5979 1801.
And, to check on the kitchen sat Priya Mahal, telephone (02)
6765 2511. Reservations are a must.