14 Jun

I am converted!

I have lived in this sleepy city  (Canberrrra) for nearly 12 months now, and embarassedly I admit that I have never partaken of the liquid that this pretty state boasts……ITS VINO!!!  So today I took my parents (visiting from the distant, sunny QLD) on a tour of our local wineries, particularly those in the Murrumbateman reigon and WOW-ZERS I am shocked that I didn’t think of this sooner!  I am a twit!  I have been sitting on a veritable GOLDMINE of the alcoholic nature and hadn’t a CLUE! *slaps forehead at own stupidity*

My father is a hobbyist winemaker and we do enjoy the spoils when we visit the far, lovelylovely north for a few holidays a year…but other than that, we get by (disgruntledly) BUYING it from the local….the ghastly stuff, filled with enough sulphates to preserve your pancreas for the next 2 decades…oh and the HEADACHES we endure, pheck!

By far, my favourite winery of the day was Helm Wines, just a few minutes drive east of Murrumbateman.  Ken (owner) regaled us with hysterical history and politics tales as he poured us a drop (or 6) of his widely acclaimed cool reigon wines, that knocked our woolly merino socks off!!!!  Sorry folks, but unless you buy them online, you’ll have to dine in some of Australias top restaurants to be able to buy a glass of the genius brew for yourself!  I will get writers cramp listing all the awards Helm’s have won, so here is a snatch from the website (where you can also go and order yourself a case or 6):

Helm Wines have attracted an impressive 30 years of wine show awards from every major show and wine critic in Australia. To date they have won 15 trophies, 17 gold, 46 silver and 120 + bronze awards with hundreds of newspaper columns both in Australia and overseas devoted to praising Helm Wines and the friendly reception at the winery.” (

Impressive, yes?  I am feeling much warmer with a few Helms in me (gah, it’s FREEZING here today, ok?) and it’s off to the movies for me and Mama…..ahhh, I miss my Mama!!!


4 Responses to “LIQUID GEOGRAPHY……”

  1. Clare June 16, 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    Oh no!! No comments…what is this world comming to.

    Well anyway thanks PYT, I for one, always love readying your blog…gives me something to make the day a little less dreary…maybe I should give the vino a go….that would definitely make things a little less dreary! There are heaps of good wineries around Canberra..sounds like you have only touched the tip of the iceberg!! Sounds like a winery trip is on the cards..yes?

  2. Clare June 17, 2008 at 4:29 pm #

    PYT…3 days and no post!! What am I meant to do for a recharge break at work….PLLLEEEAAAASSSSEEEEEE come back!! I need you!!

  3. Clare June 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm #

    4 days!!……..

  4. frusciante September 9, 2008 at 12:14 pm #

    Hello 🙂
    I’ve added you to my favourite blogs list on my blog. Keep up the good work, I love reading your posts!

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