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 …]

Beechworth, Victoria Australia

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Beechworth is an 1850-era gold mining town (and 21st century wine and tourist town) that was our last stop in Victoria before crossing into the country’s capital of Canberra and the southeaster coastal state of New South Wales. The town, overlooks a gorge and a riverbed with an eight-foot deep, 450 yard “trailrace” (a ditch [Read more …]

Yarra Valley Wineries

Not far out of Melbourne is the Yarra Valley Wine region. We explored a handful of recommended wineries to get a flavor for this cool region’s wines. Yearing Station Winery. We didn’t have the palate to appreciate many of their very light-bodied entry-level “Village” wines, but did enjoy a number of their more premium wines. [Read more …]

Melbourne Art, Restaurants and Hotel

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Melbourne Art Melbourne is loaded with art. The city has many galleries and local art fairs (such as the below-discussed Rose Street Art Fair and St. Kilda Esplanade Market). It also has a large collection of museums in the city’s Cultural Precinct, each of which hosts different exhibitions. Although we would have loved to visit [Read more …]

Melbourne Australia

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It had been a number of years since we last visited Melbourne. On this trip to Australia, we especially wanted to make a repeat visit. We remembered it as a very kind city (truth be known, most Australian are kind. But when Joyce had a delayed reaction to the sun right after we had ordered [Read more …]

Mornington Peninsula Wine Region

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Our primary reason for staying in Queenscliff Australia was to catch a ferry the next morning to go into the Mornington Peninsula Wine Region. This cool climate region, just off the Tasman Sea, specializes in pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris and lesser amounts of even some Syrah. Our ferry let us off in the peninsula [Read more …]

The Great Ocean Road in Australia

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The Great Ocean Road is a famous route that takes you through breath-taking beauty along the south-eastern coast of Australia. Although the Great Ocean Road generally runs from Port Fairy on the west, to Queenscliff on the east, the most scenic stretch covers less than half this distance, generally that between Port Campbell and Apollo [Read more …]

Port Fairy Australia

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We were ready to go to our next Australian state: Victoria. To get there, we drove south from Adelaide for two hours and hit the coast of the Tasman Sea at the lovely seaside town of Portland. Beaches to the west of the city turned to cliffs overlooking the sea in the town, then to [Read more …]

Melbourne Neighborhoods and Suburbs


Although we spent most of our limited Melbourne time in and around the CBD (city center), we did venture out to some of the more interesting outer districts. We found two, in particular to be especially interesting. Fitzroy, which is technically beyond the CBT, was a near-in working-class neighborhood that supposedly began gentrifying in the [Read more …]