Monday, June 09, 2008

Adelaide quick-trip

The Queen's birthday seemed like the perfect opportunity to take-off for Adelaide to visit our Regent College buddies, Matt & Leanne, and to enjoy some of South Australia's delights with them!

Adelaide is blessed by being surrounded by world-class wine regions that include the Barossa, Clare Valley, the Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. We were able to enjoy being with Matt & Leanne as we taste-tested our way across the country-side from winery to olive grove to winery to boutique beer-house and again to more wineries... it was a taste sensation!

The pick of the weekend for us was Coriole's Fortified Shiraz, which went down really well with some 70% Cocoa Lindt chocolate for dessert. For beer lovers, the Porter and American Pale Ale from the Lobethal Bierhaus were really good. The Olive Grove was a great spot for lunch, with locally sourced food platters, their 2005 McLaren Vale Shiraz exploded with flavour, and the Shiraz Jam was brilliant, but perhaps a little too indulgent for the humble piece of toast on a daily basis.

On Sunday, we were able to visit Glen Osmond Baptist Church where Matt works part-time, and later have lunch at a missional cafe, Soul Food Espresso, connected to Matt & Leanne's church network that is seeking to build relationships with the local community over good food and great coffee.

Thanks Matt & Leanne for a wonderful weekend away with you guys!


Matt Gray said...

Thanks for coming out! We so loved having you two out here. It was great to catch up, and besides, Jess's croissant creations certainly added to the culinary delights of the weekend!

We'll continue to pray for you into the future, and look forward to seeing you again. And when we open that mulled wine, we'll think of you two!

Anonymous said...

Hey Guys! Great photos.. how did the sunset and the kangaroos come out? Thanks so much for helping out with cooking and other stuff too, I really appreciated it. MMmmm, mulled wine....Love, Leanne

Emma said...

i keep checking your blog for sydney things, but so far am disappointed... i've finally updated mine though. it's been a very bloggy week!

Anonymous said...

Hi Andy and Jess, we enjoyed Adelaide on the long weekend too! We didn't make it to Teal Flat this time, just enjoyed the hills and family time,
Ruth and Wayman