Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting


Australian Wines The annual Australian Wine Winter Trade Tasting recently came to San Francisco. It took place at the pretty, The Pearl in the Dogpatch area. The event provided a wonderful opportunity for us to learn about and sample a wide range of Australian wines from most of the country’s dozens of wine regions—many of [Read more …]

Cradle Mountain National Park

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The last stop of our initial exploration of Northern Tassie was what is generally considered to be the jewel of the Tasmanian national parks—Cradle Mountain National Park. On the way, we discovered a jewel of a very different kind: A town that bills itself as the “Town of Topiaries”. Railton, Tasmania While driving in Tasmania, [Read more …]

Northern Tasmania

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In addition to visiting Southern Tasmania and Eastern Tasmania, we also explored parts of northern Tasmania. Launceton Launceton is the largest town in the region. It is lovely, with a number of beautifully restored 19th-century buildings, include its signature Post Office and clock tower. The riverfront is fronted by a large park and can be [Read more …]

East Tasmania

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We left the southern part of Tasmania and drove to Tassie’s east coast primarily to explore the rugged coastline. But it just so happens that Tassie’s east coast is a premier source of many of the island’s oysters and much of its other seafood—and it also happens to have some very credible wineries. What more [Read more …]

Tasmania Southern Wine Region Towns

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During our travels through Tasmania’s Southern Wine Region, we also came across several interesting towns. Richmond Tasmania Richmand Tasmania is located in Tasmania’s southern wine region. It is an 1820-era town with a large number of colonial-era Georgian buildings and structures. Among the most notable are St. Luke’s Church, the Richmond Arms hotel and the [Read more …]

Southern Tasmania Wine Region

Not too far out of Hobart Tasmania is the southern Tasmania Wine region. Nature in this area has its salubrious effects. Take, for example, the impact that the winter rains, the cool climate, the bright sun and the ocean breezes have on grapes: The slow ripening of grapes over many months results in clusters of [Read more …]

Hobart: The Southern Tasmanian Metropolis

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From Port Arthur Tasmania, we drove to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. Our first stop was Salamanca Place, a complex of rehabilitated limestone warehouses. Artist initially reclaimed and rehabilitated the area. Today it houses the Salamanca Art Centre and dozens of galleries, restaurants, cafes, and crafts stores filled with locally produced goods (wood-carved items, jewelry, [Read more …]

Tasmania Australia: Port Arthur


Tasmania, or “Tassie” as the Aussies call it, is an island the size of Switzerland. It lies about 120 miles off the south coast of Australia—the last stop before Antarctica. Although discovered by Europeans as early as 1642, it was first settled as a harsh British penal colony. Today, life in Tassie is much less [Read more …]