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Less than thirty minutes outside of Adelaide is quaint little McLaren Vale.  The wife of one of Ryan’s co-workers graciously offered to take me around and show me what the valley had to offer.

We made our first stop at the visitor centre.  As far as visitors centres go, this one was pretty nice.  The volunteers were very friendly and gave us a ton of helpful suggestions.

We sipped on wine at d’Arenberg…

We sipped some more at Coriole and I bought the Chenin Blanc to bring home with us to Melbourne.  Coriole had a wonderful garden and an al fresco dining area.  I loved the feel of cellar door/tasting room – doesn’t it just look like Jane Austen could come strolling out at any minute?

We did a bit of browsing at Serafino and Woodstock and made our last stop at the Almond Train to sample some candied nuts, chocolates, and extra virgin olive oils.  I purchased a yummy garlic dukkah.  I’m a sucka’ for dukkah.  🙂

It was a lovely day: gorgeous weather, great wines, and fabulous company with which to take it all in.  All this and only 30 minutes outside of Adelaide.  It reminded me a lot of the Yarra Valley, right outside of Melbourne, and I made a mental note that we need to make more time to get up there more often.  Sometimes it takes “getting away” to see where you live more clearly.

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