After a morning coffee and a quick blog, I set about ensuring internet access for the trip. Roaming is just too expensive, even with bundles, so I bought a cheap android phone and 3 gigs of data, and made sure it supported tethering (thank you Telstra for allowing this: a lot of pre-paid data sims won’t allow it these days). So armed with google maps, I set about exploring Sydney on foot.
It’s a lovely city. I wandered and wandered, and then stopped for some beer and people watching. Fortunately, temperatures had dipped from Thursday’s high 30s to the mild early 20s. And after a cloudy start, the sun came out. [We Brits like to talk about the weather.]
At 5pm I made my way down to Carriageworks, where Rootstock is being held this weekend. It was a change to meet some of the winegrowers who are here. Many of the great and the good of the natural/authentic wine scene are in attendance. Some of them are very natural indeed.
After this I went to drink some more beer with Mark Davidson and Laura Jewell. We hit the Hero of Waterloo in the Rocks, and then moved on to The Lord Nelson brew pub, a short distance away. Both lovely boozers, and the beer was great. A feed followed, and then we ended the night with a negroni. Isn’t Sydney a great place?
And wine? Really enjoyed this – the Frederick Stevenson Vine Vale Grenache 2014. Supple, elegant, slightly leafy, with real delicacy to the texture. It was perfect slightly chilled. Aussie Grenache is happening, at last.