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Wine and nature at Contentious Character, Wamboin

IN THE MIDDLE of Wamboin, tucked behind an extended driveway lined with green and yellow flora, is Contentious Character — a vineyard, winery, cellar door and kitchen — specialising in working their wines into their kitchen menu. A place where the wines and the food, have a delicious twist. https://districtbulletin.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/CC05-Wamboin-v1-copy.mp4 The menu

Unexpected edibles

nettles

A journey through the more unusual foods to grace an Australian plate An occasional series on the foods less travelled-with … the Australian native foods, the weeds, the very old and the very new. Hello, I’m Fiona, and I’m a foodie neophile. Unexpected pleasures of nettles, warrigal greens. Nettle The story Honestly, I actually have

Unexpected edibles

Olive Herb, Santolina rosmarinifolia

A journey through the more unusual foods to grace an Australian plate An occasional series on the foods less travelled-with … the Australian native foods, the weeds, the very old and the very new. Hello, I’m Fiona, and I’m a foodie neophile. Today: olive herb, finger limes. Olive herb The story I had this plant

Cabsav – A happily blended family

Wine chat with Corrina Baird Cabernet sauvignon is a happy blended family of grapes – but it happened all by itself. Back in the 1600s, the cabernet Franc and sauvignon blanc had a dangerous liaison in Bordeaux and produced a child. If someone had not thoughtfully taken a cutting, this would

Pinot Gris – grey is the new white

Wine chat with Corrina Baird (a Contentious Character) Sometimes it seems as though a trend finds its way into many different aspects of everyday life. A case in point is grey. We seem to be surrounded by grey: new grey houses, sleek grey cars, blank grey walls, silver grey technologies. Now

Riesling – Let the grapes do the talking

Riesling is a white variety of grape sadly misunderstood in Australia. Many would remember Riesling in cheap casks at kitchen parties, that sweet stuff known as ‘hock’ or what we had to drink before chardonnay and sauvignon blanc came along. In fact, Riesling is one of the oldest grape varieties around

Bruschetta on toasted rolls

Note: this can only be made when the tomatoes are at their richest, ripest peak. This is not a midwinter or even early spring dish! Bruschetta This recipe adapted from Jill Dupleix’s “I Hate To Cook”, 1991, Mandarin Books 2 cloves of garlic 3 ripe eating tomatoes ½ cup fresh basil leaves (you can substitute

Pinot noir – pining for a glass?

Hereby introducing a new column for our region’s many fine-wine lovers and discussers. We’re lucky to have met Corinna Baird, associated with Wamboin’s newly re-opened winery/cafe Contentious Character (nee Lambert Vineyards). She will bring us more wine news and discussion in the coming months. We start with that international favourite

The art of making cheese

Farmhouse cheddar   I had never considered making cheese, until I met Graham Redhead at a Fair Food dinner in Bungendore last year. He was running a cheese-making course that weekend and happened to sit at the same table. I was so fascinated by what he said and the way he said

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