I've already told you that our friends, N&I and my husband and I are quite partial to lovely drop of wine, preferably red......
Well - whenever we can manage to get to Bright, we try and make an excuse to get to Milawa, the home of the Brown Brothers Winery. Now - don't get me wrong - in Adelaide we live within a 2 hour drive to the Barossa Valley, a 30 minute drive to the McLaren Vale wine region and about a 3 hour drive to the Clare Valley - all very very fine and famous wine regions. But the wine-matched lunches at the Epicurean Centre (that's the restaurant of the Brown Brothers Winery) are too die for. Expensive...... and to die for. Let me show you. Oh - and I apologise for those of you who are on diets or will feel the need to eat something by the end of this post. (wink)
After a 45 minute drive, we turn into the Winery and clasped eyes on the Epicurean Centre (the light flash denotes where we sat for lunch).
First we headed to the Cellar Door and Tasting Sales Rooms...... as you do.
An artistic shot of our table.
The table is all set for our 3 course wine matched lunch. Complimentary bubbly to start while we ponder the menu.
This is the view directly behind my chair - showing part of the centre. This is the first time that there were not many patrons at the tables. Normally it is packed.
The view in front..... well between N&I's shoulders!
We were seated next to a stack of original barrels.
I forgot to photograph the dishes we ordered to share before the entree'. Sorry (I was ravenous).
This is my "confit ocean trout, beetroot,snow pea tendrils and white gazpacho sauce". Our friend "I" had this too. Matched with 2011 Pinot Grigio.
Husband had the "mustard poached quail, black pudding polpette, pumpkin and apple". Matched with 2008 Pinot Grigio Rose.
Our friend, "N" had the "duck sausage, shaved cuttlefish, cabbage and mint, preserved lemon aioli. Matched with 2011 Chardonnay.
Onto the mains:
The wines arrive just before the dishes.
Friend "I" ordered the "king prawns, salt cod boulangere, celeriac remoulade and butter poached leeks". Matched to 2011 Banksdale Chardonnay.
Husband and I couldn't resist the "eye fillet of beef, braised butter beans, caramelised onion and horseradish butter. Heaven on a plate. Matched with 2009 Ltd Edition petite Sirah and Syrah.
"N" enjoyed the "stuffed loin of rabbit, pork belly, mustard fruits, buckwheat polenta and chestnut puree'. Matched to 2010 Tempranillo.
We couldn't fit in dessert, so we opted for coffee.
Sorry if you have the desire for a good steak right now, but rather than go on and on, let me just say - YUM!
After tearing ourselves away, back to Bright we drove. N and I spent the rest of the day and evening with us in our lovely holiday house.
One last random picture of the sound-shell on the banks of the Ovens River in the town.
On our last morning, we had packed the car to begin the venture home.
One of the statues outside "our house". Spookily observant.