Wine & Words Wednesday here again, and not a moment too soon! Bottle is cracked and raring to go. I suppose now that it is officially summer and all I should move along to white but I’m holding on to my red another week. What red is it this week I hear you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked because it is a great one. Hither & Yon are a small sustainable winery located in McLaren Vale, South Australia. They actually sell off the larger part of the grapes they grow and keep a small select amount to make their wines. Each of their wines are simple, ready to drink table wines. Made to be drunk now in the company of good friends and good food. Their cellar door is located in the picturesque town of Willunga and it is the cellar door dreams are made of. The building was originally a butchers shop and retains the original slate floor. The decor is quirky, comfortable and gorgeous. My favourite part as a book lover had to be the open upper level that is lined with stunning old books. A book lovers dream! Their labels are unique, each with a customised ampersand. Artists are approached to design the ampersand representing each wine and do so after reading the tasting notes and getting a feel for the wine. The wine I am discussing today is their 2014 Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a delectable wine and one I couldn’t resist picking up despite an overflowing wine rack.
I’m going with the flow of their labelling while picking a companion book for this one. The artist develops the design from the tasting notes. This label is a blend of soft pinks, reds and purples, reflecting the attractive deep colour of the wine itself, the hints of summer berries in the palate and the aroma of cherries. The vibe I pick up from this is definitely something girly, something fun, yet vulnerable and soft. Perusing my shelves it leads me straight to one of the (very few) chick lit novels I own, yet a favourite nonetheless. In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner is the story of two sisters, Rose and Maggie. Complete polar opposites: Rose is an uptight lawyer with her life together, Maggie is a free-spirit used to getting by with her looks but lacking any real responsibility. The only thing they seem to have in common is the same size feet (which Maggie takes for granted, stealing Roses shoes every chance she gets). While actions tear their relationship apart, eventually they find their way back to each other and realise they have more in common than they know. This is a feel-good book that sucks you in and leave you feeling warm and fuzzy. A great read, with a not-terrible movie to boot. Although if you have seen the movie their is much more to be gained from the book.
Warm days are coming, so take a drive down south to Willunga, maybe make a day of it? Visit the farmers markets first on a Saturday morning, stock up on some amazing produce. Enjoy the tasting at the cellar door and then once you have made your decision, sneak next door to The 3 Three Monkeys and grab yourself a delicious burger (I do recommend the mushroom burger), sit in their garden with you book in hand and just enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Good food, good wine and a good book. What could be better? Lets be honest, not a lot.