Professional Tastebud Development

How has it taken me almost 30 years to visit Adelaide? That’s what I kept asking myself during a long weekend spent interstate. After missing the registration to a burns management course in Brisbane, Alyce and I decided to travel again and tie some holidaying in with professional development. We had a choice of Adelaide or Darwin for our specific dates, and being the wine lover that I am, I jumped at the chance of heading to Adelaide and explore some of the surrounding wine regions.

Adelaide is a small town, really. You can stay in the city and walk everywhere. We booked close to the hospital we were supposed to do the course at… then found out the course was actually somewhere further out of town. Regardless, we walked a good stretch of the river, explored the market and trekked the high street. Yes, the high street. There is only one. We found some great places to enjoy a Friday knock-off and indulged in Adelaide’s fantastic restaurants.

Our course was okay. Compared to some of the other courses we’ve done recently, it was underwhelming and a bit slow, but the content was useful. With that out of the way, we filled the rest of our 4 days of fun in the greater Adelaide area. We hired a car and headed out to Glenelg and then explored Hahndorf. We finished the evening with the Waterfall Gully trek and watched the sun set over the hills.

The view from the top of Mount Lofty back towards Adelaide was stunning. It was quite overcast with some dense cloud on the horizon, so I decided to twist Alyce’s arm and get up early for sunrise the next day and race back up the mountain for better photos. Unfortunately, these plans don’t always work out.

While the start to the day was mildly disastrous, we well and truly made up for it by driving out to the Barossa for a night. We dumped our stuff at the beautiful Novotel before jumping on some electric bikes I had pre-hired from Barossa Bikes. I’d organised to get them delivered to Novotel around 9.30 and they were right on time. After a quick instruction, we were ready to go. I’d mapped out a course through the Barossa that allowed us to visit about 8 of my favourite wineries for tastings and lunch. We easily cruised around at ~20kmph with minimal effort and covered the 50km round-trip while barely breaking a sweat. We even beat some people who were driving between wineries then had a good laugh about it while tasting sticky fortified’s. The Barossa exceeded expectations; I loved it all.

After a long day of wine tasting, we indulged in a degustation at the wonderful Appellation restaurant. We watched the sun set over the rolling hills before retiring inside to a 4 course dinner with paired wines. The chef even surprised us with an additional dessert as we were celebrating our anniversary. Was it indulgent and excessive; yes. Would I do it again; absolutely. So worth it.

After a big day of eating and drinking, Alyce got me up early for one last sunrise. If anything should motivate you to get out of bed early, it’s light like this…

What a weekend. And the best part… coming home and receiving the cases of wine that we had ordered a few days later… Thanks for the long weekend Adelaide.

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