Wine & Words Wednesday 14/12/16

Wine Wednesday has come around again all too quickly (0r not quick enough?). Christmas is getting closer and lets all celebrate with another week of wine and words. I have something different and unusual for you this week too. Considering it is now officially summer I decided it was high time I featured a South Australian white for you. This weeks white is from local Adelaide Hills winery Deviation Road. Deviation Road is situated only five minutes from Stirling (a great little town with a well-stocked independent and cute secondhand bookstore only metres from each other). A beautiful property owned by a husband wife winemaker team, their wines aim to preserve the purity of the fruit with minimal intervention. The wine I have for you today is their Pinot Gris which has a delicious silky taste that is definitely worth the foray into the hills. Their cellar door is picturesque and perfect for attending one of their regular Sunday sessions with their delectable wines served with pizzas or paella depending on the season.


I’m pairing this wine with a classic young adult novel from an absolute favourite of mine, Melina Marchetta. On The Jellicoe Road is a haunting novel slowly telling the story of Taylor, whose mother abandoned her on the Jellicoe Road, while she tries to understand how she came to be here, where her mother is all the while trying to make it through the territory wars unscathed. Taylor’s story is interspersed by memories of five kids living along the Jellicoe Road in the 80’s told by Hannah, who took her in after being abandoned. Why did I pair these two beauties? Well, most obviously they both refer to roads in the title. Both taking you on a journey, one with a beautiful story of love and friendship, another a delicious bouquet of bottled flavours. Deviation Road relating to Taylor on several levels including her journey to deviate from what is expected of her as leader of the territory wars, choosing to abandon the dramatised seriousness of the wars, choosing to take herself off the predictable path of schooling in Jellicoe to answer the burning questions of her childhood. What happened to her mother? Who is the boy in the tree? How do a bunch of kids in the 80’s relate to Hannah? If you are in the mood for something sentimental then this is the book for you.


Wait for a beautiful, sunny summer’s day, grab your favourite picnic blanket and set your self up in the sun. A bottle of Deviation Road and some delicious snacks (cheese and crackers anyone?) and this beauty of a book. Settle in and let yourself be absorbed into the story while your tastebuds are satisfied with this light summery wine. In the area? Even better, take your picnic blanket along to the winery and bask in the beauty of the Adelaide hills while enjoying the wine at the cellar door. Check out their wine flight and discover their tantalising sparking wines that are also on offer.


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