Truly dear friends, besides the obligatory cold, I do adore winter.
Drizzly, foggy afternoons.
I crave Chilli and heat to take away the chills.
It’s also this time of year when I delight in Sunday afternoon expeditions to Adelaide Hills vineyards.
With misty green vistas and frost hazing over the vines.
Can you think of a better way to while away a lazy winter weekend, than delicious wine and equally delicious views and food…?
Neither can I.
With all of the aforementioned in mind, it is with great excitement and pleasure that on Sunday, July 31st as part of the Adelaide Hills Wine Region’s Winter Reds, I am teaming up with my good friends at Howard Vineyard to bring you our Play with Fire feast ‘Caliente’.
A perfect wintery afternoon of live music, open fires and a charcoaled lunch cooked by me of comforting, spicy and fiery delights held in Howard’s incredible Adelaide Hill’s cellar door.
But don’t just take my word for it; I invite you to drool over my menu whilst envisaging yourself there with us, glass of wine in hand enjoying it for yourselves…
Starter: Local Olives and Sourdough with local Extra Virgin Olive Oil and house made Italian Dukkah
Entrée: Spanish Tapas Free-range Pork Meatballs braised in a Spicy Tomato sauce with a Mint and Almond Gremolata Serrano Ham and Manchego Croquettes with Chilli Aioli White Anchovy and Green Olive Tapenade Toasts
Main: Italian Mixed Grill - Char grilled medium rare Grass-fed steak and Free range Chicken Thigh marinated in Rosemary and Thyme, Italian Fennel and Spicy Italian Sausages served with a Salsa Rossa Saffron, Roasted Tomato and Herb Orzo Fennel and Endive salad with Grapefruit and White balsamic vinaigrette
Finished with a local cheese table, it will be truly bellissima!
And I implore you, are there many things in this world more delicious than a traditional, Spanish béchamel-ham Croquette?
Please note: This question is rhetorical… We all know the answer is no.
And, what pray tell would you expect to pay for such a muy deliciosa Mediterranean feast of food?
I know, right… We are spoiling you.
Howard’s delectable wines are the perfect partner to my Spanish/Italian extravaganza of deliciousness. Along with smooth live tunes and a rustic open fire, how could you resist such a perfect day trip to the hills?
There are only 100 seats, so get a group together, or come with your favourite fireside sweetheart.
You can have a table of 10, or a table of 2…
Bookings can be made at https://winestore.howardvineyard.com/products/9889-caliente-with-bree-may-
Adiós lovers, and see you all there…
For more information about Howard Vineyard and their incredible cellar door, please go to the following link; http://howardvineyard.com/
For more information about the Adelaide Hill’s Winter Reds, please go to the following link, http://www.winterreds.com.au/