Having just arrived off the plane from San Francisco to Sydney to Perth and driven south in search of chardonnay in Margaret River, Lulu McAllister, Gretchen Buck and Chelsea Coleman report in from the first day of the 2015 Sommelier Scavenger Hunt. —Ed.
What a 36 hours it has been for us!
Right now we are enjoying a quiet moment fireside (remember: winter) here at Cullen’s farmstead ranch. We just reheated a dinner provided for us by the chef at Cullen (we think the fish might have been tai red snapper). Earlier today we ate barramundi for lunch at Swing’s in downtown Margaret River. They also had a wood-fired pizza and some “Chardy” on tap. Despite having a pretty uncompelling name, the restaurant was a lovely respite for us weary travelers.
And we ran into winemaker Will from Cloudburst! He gave us a map out of his car with directions to various wineries (including his own) and places to purchase some rugged, locally made farm boots that Lulu has it out for. He also pointed us to the most amazing little beach not far from Cullen, where we watched the sun set and dipped our tootsies into the Indian Ocean for the first time. We also took plenty of glamour photos!
We weren’t able to arrange a one-off appointment with Si Vintners this afternoon, but have scheduled a tasting at their place tomorrow during our free time. We are very much looking forward to the Grand Tasting tomorrow. An arrival tasting of the “Kevin John” Chardonnay at Cullen this afternoon provided an excellent introduction to world of Chardonnay we will dive into in the morning.
—Lulu, Gretchen, and Chelsea
This story appears in the print issue of jan 2019.
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