Do not you appreciate weeks that finish up getting complete of wonderful meals, outstanding people today and fascinating stories? That is how this week’s panned out.

From a 16th birthday celebration complete of laughs, yarns and excellent donuts to a wine masterclass with globe-class cheeses, business scoops on cutting edge wine industry trends and – of course – an great array of wines to taste, this is our Weekly Edition.

We hope you delight in the journey.

Cheers – Jim & Christina xx

Tonight, we’re round Christina’s sister’s property to celebrate her youngest’s 16th birthday. It does not appear genuine that he’s so grown up. We try to remember when he was a small child so clearly.

Speaking of which, even though we’re right here, we get to play with the family’s black lab Raven. She’s such a sweetheart and has also grown up so rapid.

Click right here or on the photo to see Raven not even two years ago.

A household buddy has also brought their ‘dog’. This small fur-ball is named Misty and is a Japanese spitz. Pretty cute and incredibly funny. And extremely meals motivated – a dog immediately after my personal heart.

Correction – a dog immediately after my personal pizza! Comes in handy for having a photo when he’s/she’s not moving even though.

As often, the meals at Christina’s sister’s is outstanding. And with our brother-in-law functioning for a industrial bakery, the sweets are often on point.

Content birthday to our nephew – thank you for facilitating a feast!

This morning, immediately after the birthday celebration but the actual day of our nephew’s birthday, everyone’s created their way to Pyrmont for brunch at the Fish Markets.

The old tall ship at Pyrmont Bay Wharf  appears fairly cool with all its rigging set. And with the backdrop of the contemporary city behind it tends to make this an even a lot more dramatic sight.

Yum cha at the Sydney Fish Markets

One particular of Sydney Fish Market‘s ideal hidden secrets is the yum cha restaurant upstairs. Most people today come right here for the fresh prawns and seafood or for a wonderful location for fish and chips out on the wharf.

But the Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Restaurant upstairs does a single of the ideal yum cha sittings in the city.

If you haven’t heard of yum cha prior to, it is a Sydney institution. It is generally a Chinese buffet exactly where the meals comes to you. Ladies pushing trolleys of all sorts of meals hand more than what ever they’re carrying and you spend at the finish.

Two words: dumpling heaven!

This evening, Christina and I are heading back to Pyrmont for a incredibly unique occasion. It is an exclusive evening of wine education with McWilliams Wines.

As the ferry pulls in, we wonder what scrumptious titbits we’ll have learnt by the time we’re household again…

McWilliams wine trends masterclass

We meet at the 1877 Cafe, so named since the winery’s founder, Samuel McWilliams, planted his initially vines in Corowa, NSW in 1877. In an exciting coincidence, we’ve been to Corowa not too long ago to celebrate the opening of a new distillery.

But the 1877 Cafe is a wonderful wine and cocktail bar rather close to the Pyrmont Bridge.

Tonight even though, we’ve taken it more than to hear from the pros on what’s to be the subsequent huge issue in vin.

McWilliams wine trends masterclass - Russell Cody

To speak us via the 5 predicted trends for the future of wine in Australia is business genius and Senior Winemaker at McWilliams, Russell Cody.

Russell’s been in the organization of creating wine for pretty much 35 years and has observed it all. His entertaining however knowledgeable manner requires us via a 15-wine tasting as he explains the trajectory of wine in Australia and the wider globe.

McWilliams wine trends masterclass

We’ll be telling you a lot a lot more about the various directions the business is possibly set to go in at a later date, but for now we’ll just say that wine is probably to get lighter, come from larger up and come to be tougher to say.

Cryptic sufficient?

We’ll also have some revelations about the country’s drinking habits like the reality that the rosé trend is set to go even additional now that purchaser demographics are 50/50 male female.

McWilliams wine trends masterclass - Artisan Cheese Room

To go with our marathon wine tasting (the only marathon I’m each prepared and in a position to total!), we have some of the ideal cheese in the globe to nibble on.

Husband-and-wife group Paul and Jo Thompson run the Artisan Cheese Area, a wonderful cheesemongers in Manly. Christina and I have been in the stroll-in fridge at the Artisan Cheese Area lots of occasions just to stand and sniff the scrumptious air, so we’re thrilled to see these guys right here tonight.

Delights like this Marrickville-created Vennella burrata, served with truffle salt and fresh olive oil to match with the McW Vermentino and the two rosés we’re tasting.

McWilliams wine trends masterclass - Artisan Cheese Room

The spread Jo and Paul have place on is rather impressive. Along with the seven distinctive cheeses they’ve served, there are terrines, chutneys, cured sausages, fruit, nuts, sourdough, gluten-absolutely free charcoal crackers… it is pretty much as well substantially to take in. Nearly.

Fortunately, the tastes of the Vacherin – my now-all time favourite soft cheese that comes wrapped in spruce and has a spoon sticking out of it (it is that soft, no knife expected) – retain me focused on my cheese-consuming ambitions.

Also the buffalo milk blue veined cheese – Berry’s Creek Riverine from Gippsland – has my soul in its wealthy, nutty, tangy clutches. As does the Marcel petite comte – a semi-tough cheese from France that has been aged so that crystals have formed in its proteins. It is excellent.

McWilliams wine trends masterclass - Artisan Cheese Room

Also on the table – well known with everybody right here – is the 75% fat L’Artisan Extravagant. This triple cream brie is created for the 4 distinctive sparkling wines we’re attempting, not to mention the two distinctive Chardonnays.

But Paul and Jo also serve a single of my favourites, the Holy Goat skyla created from organic goat milk in Castlemaine, Victoria. It is an unctuous delight of a cheese that I find out tends to make a sensational match with the Elizabeth semillon from Mount Pleasant Winery.

Maybe this is a incredibly superior sign as the Artisan Cheese Area has now joined forces with Mount Pleasant Winery and will be dishing up cheeses from Australia and about the globe in the gorgeous Hunter Valley cellar door from now on.

It is not just been an education in wine and cheese, it is been a feast for the senses. No wonder I’ve got that grin on my chops!

We hope you have enjoyed this Weekly Edition.

Cheers – Jim & Christina xx