Yarra Valley!

If you have some international wine knowledge, you may know that Yarra Valley produces some of the best wine from around the world.

Not only does it have delicious wine, however, it's also renowned for some of its incredible breweries.

The morning Em & I set out for our Yarra Valley adventure, it was torrentially down-pouring like a mid-August hurricane on the Gulf Coast.  
Our responsible and intelligent selves decided to go anyways.

Not only did we go out to the vineyards & breweries, we also decided that biking would be the best form of transportation for us.

We managed to find pockets of time where the rain let up, allowing us to scurry from one place to another.

At one point, it was raining so hard we just posted up at Coldstream Brewery, tried all the beers they brew, had some kick-ass pizza, and chatted with the bartender for a solid two hours.

Finally the storm drifted off and we could move on [literally] to greener pastures. 

One of our stops was at the Yarra Valley Dairy, which technically is not a vineyard or brewery.  What they do do is show & sell wines from vineyards in the region allowing visitors to taste multiple wines & varietals from a wide range of producers.

{Ashed Goat Cheese Pyramid}

They also have an amazing assortment of cheeses that they produce and do free tastings of their selection as well.  Whoever invented the wine + cheese combo deserves a Nobel Peace Prize.

After a few samples, we set off to our next and final stop...

...but that didn't come without some epic tumbles off of our bikes.

I don't recommend taking photos & biking at the same time...no matter how good of a one-handed steerer you think you may be.

A cliché tour bus of Asians (no offense to anyone, but they're everywhere) happened to be driving by at the exact moment of my fall and stopped to see if I was okay and YES, THEY TOOK PHOTOS.   


For those of you who don't know, I work at a boutique wine shop in Melbourne (for three more days).  I've had so much fun learning about the many incredible wines from Australia and around the world.

Coombe Farms has proven to make one of the best Chardonnays I've ever tasted and we got to go right to the producers paradise.

Our ride back to the bike shop was probably one of the more dangerous things we've done, which may be hard to believe.  We were actually struggling so much (it got freakin' dark!) that a guy from the bike shop who drove by stopped to pick us up whilst laughing at our sorry asses.  Embarrassing.

Whatever!  We lived to tell the tale.

We barely skimmed the surface of what the Yarra Valley has to offer, but it was a hilarious day filled with education, exercise, and delicious dranks.

Wine lover out,