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Barossa Valley Gourmet Festival.

Posted by peggyhora on August 22, 2009

Astrid Birgden, Tx Prison Warden

Astrid Birgden, Tx Prison WardenBarossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour out of Adelaide and it is South Australia’s primary wine region. It looked a lot like Napa with the vines lining the roads. Just like Napa’s mustard fields in March, they were wide swaths of yellow but from growing rape. Just beautiful. We went to three different wineries and sampled the shiraz. We chose the first to have lunch because they had a lovely pork saltimbocca only without the cheese. The prosciutto was cooked right into the pork. Ingrid, Astrid’s sister, had the venison shank, Astrid the vegetarian canneloni. At the second winery Hamish had a Thai shrimp curry as a second course after the pork. We three women abstained. At the last winery, I opted for coffee and a cookie called an ANZAC (Australia New Zealand Army Corps that fought in Gallipoli) biscuit so named because they would hold up while being shipped long distances to the boys over seas. A combo coconut, oatmeal, maple syrup hard cookie. Very tasty. The others had lentil soup and a cheese plate. All in all a wonderful adventure. I’ve been invited to someone’s home later this evening for a risotto dinner. It will be fun to meet new people.

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