Paul and Lilian's Excellent Adventure, Monday 13 November 2017 (out of order)

Today we explored three new wineries, Thomas Wines, Peter Drayton Wines and Usher Tinkler Wines.

Thomas Wines are known for the Semillon and Shiraz, after a small tasting we selected the Semillon, for dinner, and the Shiraz to take home.





                                           The view from Thomas Wines, stunning.

Peter Drayton is part of the wine family, Drayton. We have purchased Drayton's wines before and like them, so thought we would give Peter's a try. Not disappointed. A liquored Muscat and a liquored Verdelho, were delicious and added to our collection, along with his Moscato.

We had been told to try Usher Tinkler, as we were after some Muscat. Well after two tastings we walked out. We were the only ones there and the person, looking after us, poured the first one, explained it, poured the second one, explained it and then disappeared! There was other staff and they ignored us as well, so we left.

Thought we would have a look at the Hunter Valley Gardens, we had been before but they are lovely to walk through. Didn't happen! The entry fee for us oldies was $27, a family of four $85. Even the locals are complaining about the prices.

We went into the group of shops and had lunch at A Taste of Country. We shared a plate, with bread, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and spices, then Paul had a wrap and I had wedges. Everything was delicious. I had a caramel spon hot chocolate, yum!

From there we went to Kevin Sobels Wines, to do some shopping. Mandy was in the shop and it was good to have a chat and thank her for Saturday's lunch.  Shopping done, we headed to Pokolbin Village and I did some Christmas shopping. From there we went to Two Fat Blokes shop and I added to the Christmas pressies.

Back to the Vintage and we got ourselves organised to go out to Amanda's On The Edge for dinner.  Set on a hill, overlooking vineyards this restaurant gives ARIA a run for its money. Paul and I had three courses and everything was delicious. Paul tried a Martini and I tried a Midorie Splice. Mine was lovely but Paul wasn't keen on the Martini, very dry. The wine went well with both our meals. I didn't drink and drive, we booked a taxi, both ways.

The view from Amanda's

Home and I finished the packing,  tomorrow we leave the Hunter for the coast.

Most of our days have involved walking around the area. We are in a golf resort and we often follow the golf buggy path. We are both getting plenty of exercise.

Bye for now,
Lilian.

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