Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Mornignton Peninsula: Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Tasting

Untitled One dreary Saturday in Melbourne, Andrew headed to the Sandown Racecourse with his brothers and father where one of them races every other weekend. Us girlfriends of the brothers decided that rain, engine fumes and screeching tires were better left for the boys...so we opted to have a girls day on the Mornignton Peninsula! Despite the weather, we packed our day full of antique shopping and food & wine tasting! These are photo's of some of my favourite food stops from the day.
UntitledUntitled Untitled Untitled Untitled UntitledUntitled Untitled After spending the morning antique shopping and strolling around the streets and shops of Mornington, we worked ourselves up an appetite! We meandered further down the peninsula through hills and roads lined with eucalyptus (So typically Aussie!) until we reached the Montalto vineyard and olive grove. We ate alfresco under patio heaters in their Piazza Cafe looking out over the rolling hills. My favourite part of the meal was sharing a platter of Montalto tapenade, olive oil and dukkah with ciabatta! After eating I went for a quick stroll through their beautiful little vegetable garden. I even spied a little vintage car hidden in an old shed behind the beanstalks and cabbage patches! Untitled UntitledUntitled UntitledUntitled Untitled With our bellies full of food, we walked a couple of meters from the cafe to the Montalto wine tasting room. As I am quite a newbie to wine tasting, I was advised to start "light" and work my way up over the next few years to the more "full bodied" wines. My favourites were 2013 Pennon Hill Moscato and the 2011 Montalto Pinot Noir (Which you can check out here). This was the second vineyard I've ever visited and I am still yet to do a full on winery tour...I can see myself becoming quite the wine connoisseur when I am one day no longer bound by a student budget! It was so interesting learning about how the different wines were made, how to "swish" the glass around and describe the flavours. We also had a great time trying all of the delicious infused olive oils from their olive grove. Untitled Untitled Untitled Untitled In heading off from the vineyards, we decided that it really would be wonderful to do some cheese tasting; to our delight, just as we said 'Lets find some cheese!'- we saw a sign saying "Cheese- 50 metres"...how is that for good luck?! We meandered slowly down a long driveway into dense native Australian bush, damp and dewy from the mornings rain, where the Red Hill Cheese shop camouflaged its self between the trees. We ordered a tasting plate with 8 different types of cheeses. The idea was to work our way from the mildest to the strongest cheese, with a bite of water cracker between each cheese to cleanse the pallet. Red Hill Cheese specialise in sheep cheese, which I had never tried before... and it was delicious! Interestingly, sheep cheese has double the protein and fat of cows milk, but contains no saturated fat. I also learnt that people who are lactose intolerant can actually eat sheep cheese and milk. We left with the "Woolamai Mist" sheep cheese, "Granny's Blue" cow blue cheese and "Coolart Soft" cow feta cheese (which you can check out here) My absolute favourite was the Woolamai Mist because it was incredibly creamy and it actually oozed out the sides like melted liquid gold! (which you can see oozing out in the photo!) Untitled Untitled On our way back home with the fullest tummy I think I have ever had in my life, we made one more stop at Mornington Peninsula Chocolates...which I obviously didn't need, but what girl says no to chocolate!? You know the chocolate must be good if the shop is packed! Mornington Peninsula Chocolates specialise in using Belgian, French and Swiss chocolate making techniques. They have so many diverse and exotic flavours of chocolate; some of the more daring include chilli & tequila and strawberry & pink peppercorn. I absolutely loved the chai tea ganache and french earl grey ganache (tea and chocolate in one? yes please!). After getting our chocolate fix we drove home with a car full of antiques, wine, olive oil, cheese, chocolate, and very full tummies!

17 comments:

  1. Ohhh these beautiful photos capture the fun day you had so perfectly! All of that food and wine looks mouth watering and the scenery is so beautiful, looking at it all while you ate must have made everything taste even more amazing :P

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    1. Hello Harlow! It was definitely a day of feasts for the taste buds and eyes! I couldn't indulge like that every day or I'd be the size of a house! haha. But it is so much fun to do things like this for a special treat! xox

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