It's been exactly one year, 12 weeks and two days since my last blog post, according to my calculations (which by the way should be taken with a grain of salt).
The past year has zoomed by, but here's a quick cut and paste of what's happened:
- I got a job at Bethany Wines and moved to the Barossa
- I took up watching the ABC's quiz show Eggheads while simultaneously eating eggs on toast
- I started my Masters of Wine Business at Adelaide Uni
- I accidentally drove to work with my dress on inside out
- I went one month without drinking wine (only slightly)
- I accumulated more speeding fines in the Barossa than I have over the past five years
- Ditto, I drank a lot of wine.
On a serious and frankly shitful note, I can't go without mentioning the loss of someone very close to me. I don't think this is the right platform to go into the details, so I will redirect you to my Aunt Donna's blog, Those Blasted Cells, where she documents a journey no one should ever have to bear.
I also decided I will travel across Europe from next month for five months to explore the winescape, and drink and eat myself silly. The itinerary is rough but goes: Berlin, Sicily, Amalfi Coast, Naples, Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Paris, Bordeaux, Loire Valley and UK, if cash allows. As part of my travels, I plan to share my food and wine experiences with ya'll over here. So stay tuned.
Did I mention today is my last day at Bethany?
In about 32 minutes I will leave this beautiful place but with a very heavy heart. The Schrapel family is as lovely, thoughtful, funny and caring as they come. These traits don't make leaving an easy decision. But alas, there's always the wines.
With that, excuse me while I take off my PR/marketing hat.
There is a lot to be said for the wines from the Bethany Estate. I can sit here for hours talking about the terroir and minimal intervention jibber jabber that everyone goes on about (not that that's not important, it's completely valid). But if there's one thing that sets Bethany Wines apart, it's the way the wines are a true reflection of the people: honest, approachable, warming and sophisticated.
I have a few favourites, including but not limited to the '08 and '12 LE Reserve Shiraz, the GR6 and GR9 Shiraz, and the 2013 Eden Valley Riesling.
Bethany 2012 LE Reserve Shiraz
A medium bodied Shiraz that boasts powerful, vibrant red fruit and blackcurrant flavours, soft tannins and great length. Awesome acidity. Soft as silk. And, like all of Bethany wines, great with food. Especially something hearty. Enjoy with ugg boots and John Lennon. Drink to 2032. RRP $48. Buy online here.