Saturday, May 29, 2010

Just to keep this blog alive...

I would like to let you know here as well, that we are NOW OPEN for coffee and cakes and you can order MULLED WINE to warm you up while out-and-about in our increasingly chilly Tasmanian days....

Thanks for visiting the other blog also.

Let me know if you liked this one better or the new one?

cheers... from a very sick (flu)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

We have moved!... here: St Imre Vineyard Blog
All content was transferred and I hope you will have a better visual experience :-)
See you there...
Our infantile website is HERE.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Tasting plates

I've prepared some plates as samples for the tasting menu.
Costed them at $ 15.00/plate. Tell me what you think....
The coffee machine is working beautifully but I still have to juggle with the frothing wand to get exactly what I want.
Sylvain, the current helpxer, is putting together our professional website. Fingers crossed it will come alive soon... so you don't have to read all my ramblings if you don't want to :-)
I've been playing with Youtube also. See if I can show you Rozsika and Peter impersonating the Sound of Silence at St. Imre :-)
I've passed my medication management exams...pwhhhhh
Paul is plastering the bedroom walls upstairs....Eszter you should visit more often to hasten the finishing of the house! :-))))

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Menu board and topping the vines

The topping is done I like the vineyard when it looks so neat. (That pile of mulch in the foreground is from the Cypresses. They were cut under the power line and now the mulch is good for the flower garden.)
Paul made the menu board, it turned out MUCH better then I've asked for :-) It looks like another piece of furniture. Eszter will draw a few bunches of grapes in the corner to decorate it...
The Herd came over from the neighbor's paddock
they are fat and healthy, the calves growing fast. Peter is sooo fat, he has rolls around his tail :-)
he's a beautiful, calm beast :-)
We've blended the Possum Piss, so not much longer to wait for...It needs a bit of settling in and we'll bottle it. Not many bottles...please put your name down to the waiting list (send me an email) if you don't want to miss out. You don't have to order it right now but reserving your bottles ensures that you'll get it when you're ready to order. They will cost $ 25.00/ bottle.
And a pretty picture of the newly planted fuchsias

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Cafe essential...

We are one step further to open the cafe side :-) My new baby arrived yesterday and makes a potent brew. Ohhh...and you'll love the purple cups :-) It'll be exciting to experiment with all the different coffee brands until I'll find the exact right one/ones. Now we start with a lovely bland for milk-based coffees (my barista experience at Tahune Airwalk tells me that that IS the most popular) but behind the kitchen door -rest assured- there will be much experimental coffee drinking to chose the brands for aficionados. Let me know, when you visit, if you are one of those :-)
The basic menu is also taking shape. It will be influenced by the response you'll give me...
We will be mentioned in another wine guide (I'll tell you about it when it comes out) and one of the question was: what makes you different from the competitors? We ARE different in most ways but I'd like to think that our customer service is, what really differentiates us from the rest.
Jan cleaned the windows last week It is a big job :-) we have soooo many of them...
The swallows hatched their chicks the parents are very busy feeding the brood
And last for this week...a bunch of Baco Noir Even the stem is red for this very rare variety :-)

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Good fruit set

The grapes are growing nicely this year. The fruit set was successful thanks to the warm and unusually calm (meaning no howling gales) weather.
It is time shortly to cut the tops off, they are being put under the 3-rd foliage wire right now.
Paul is finalizing the tranches above the septic pipes. This place will be the future berry garden with blackberries, blueberries and raspberries planned.
The kitchen is a dream! :-) even though the cupboard doors are not done yet and the range hood is not fixed. (Who knows how many more days I'll have to wait for the serviceman to bring those parts down?! They suppose to come from Melbourne... you think they would've arrived by now from Europe!)
The Red Hot Pokers are flowering and the honeyeaters are visiting in numbers.

No other news for this week...have a nice relaxing break with family and friends on Australia Day.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Life at the new place

The kitchen is nearing completion..first the overhead shelves were done. They are blackheart Sassafras. Here you still can see my temporary camp cooker :-) The cooking books found their places and then the new cooker was installed. No doors on the cupboards yet but that's not so urgent...
The fire on the green velvet hill over the road is finally extinguished by the welcomed rain. Luckily it was a low intensity fire, only the under-scrub burnt out but it was going on for quiet some days.
We were bottling some 08 Pinot today and I've been promised the palinka labels are coming soon ?! :-)

My professional coffee machine is on it's way down to Tassie (yes, as you know EVERYTHING is coming from the mainland and it takes 2-3 WEEKS to get it) and I have beaut, new tasting glasses.

We had some lovely, young customers this week. I find it always a pleasure to meet those who are just starting to learn about wine appreciation and they are not afraid to ask how to drink it responsibly and what is the difference between how you drink beer, alcopops and wine.

Life is getting now into the normal routine in the new place and we absolutely enjoy sitting out on the back veranda with glasses of wine in our hands :-)
And finally the new additions to the chookyard :-)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Finally online!

Sorry for the looooong absence but Bigpond took its TIME to switch us over to the new house. Nearly a MONTH!!!!! NO COMMENT ! We had fires over the road, the helicopter hovering above us and the incompetent operators instead of trying to find out what's wrong, wanted to sell me a different option EVERY time I've called....
New posts will be coming soon...

Happy New Year !