Around this time last year, cheese blogger Claire at You're So Blue Vein came back from Orange with a tale of truffles and wine and food. Jealousy reigned. This year? This year it was my turn.
Disclaimer: Detective Chow paid for everything out of his own pocket. But, gosh, he'd be pleased to be invited somewhere on a press junket. So if you own a country town, regional centre, capital city, tropical island etc he's just an email away...
Note: Boogying lady in white dress and cow-pattern is Flick.
Not pictured: long drive home. Don't worry, Molly, I stopped every two hours to recharge.
Borrodell on the Mount vineyard and trufflerie does an annual Black Tie and Gumboot truffle hunt and dinner. Cost in 2012 was $190pp including hunt, wine, food, entertainment and courtesy bus to Orange CBD. (The accommodation at Borrodell was booked out many months in advance, but De Russie Suites in town were a great alternative.)
Ross Hill Wines is worth a visit. Lovely range of reds and whites to choose from, and lovely folks at the cellar door.
The Old Convent is a B&B and cafe, but the cafe is only open on Sundays. Set menu.
One place I didn't get to, but wish I had, is Small Acres Cyder. They apparently brew their cider using similar methods as wine-making. Blogger Littlest Anchovy visited last year.
Overall: a fun weekend and an awesome experience.
Oh, and, Molly. I know this report is late. I have a good excuse, though.
Detective Goldstein ate my homework.