2017-02 to 03
Mac spent some more
quality time in "The Land DownUnder" - a good
time of the Ottawa year to do so - and Mac's observations on
wine country and other interesting facts are provided below...
Groundhog Day Report - 2017
but no groundhogs!
For wine trivia buffs, Wines and Vines
Magazine reports in their 2017 Directory and
Buyers Guide that the province with the most wineries in
Canada is British Columbia with
309 followed by Ontario
with 236 and Quebec with
The closest state to us, New York, with
385 wineries, falls well
behind California with 4,202!!
of California, that state has recently received much
needed rainfall and snowfall allowing some restoration of ground
water and reservoirs after a five-year drought.
(Photo crtsy of Wine Spectator)
Australia has experienced a cooler and
wetter winter and spring in many wine regions which has resulted
in vines that are in good shape for the ripening period.
Watson, head of security
for PrestonWine in Australia,
eyes a wallaby during his
In consideration of the topic at hand,
groundhog sightings in Australia have achieved the
same results as in previous years.
Dingoes tell Mac that they have never seen a
I will be posting more news from Australia and
will, of course, alert you immediately if we discover the
In the meantime, "Cheers" from below the
MILDURA... in the Heat!
Landmark tower in Mildura
in Victoria, sits on the Murray River and centres a vast
agricultural area supported by irrigated water from Australia's
largest river system. The irrigation scheme was started by the
Chaffey Brothers from Brockville, ON, in 1887.
Today the area produces 98% of Australia's dried
fruit, 75% of table grapes, 60% of almonds, 24% of citrus and
20% of wine grapes. The vast
Lindeman's Wine complex is just outside of town.
Vineyards along the Murray at
On February 09, 2017, I experienced my hottest
day ever at 46.3ºC.
Businesses closed early and people were advised to stay indoors.
It was hard to move at any pace under these conditions.
More to follow...
...and now for Something Completely
Noosa Festival of Surfing
Noosa Heads, Queensland,
is located at the northern extremity of the Sunshine Coast about
a two-hour drive north of Brisbane. Up here, you only get
development up to tree top level - in contrast to the
Gold Coast, south of
that boasts high rises of 77 stories or 1331 stairs.
(far too many to enjoy, in my humble opinion).
This hinterland of the
Sunshine Coast is
interesting… with attractions such as the late
Australian Zoo, the
Mountains, the world’s largest operating
various mountain towns and even the
wine growing area.
For the last 26 years Noosa has hosted the
Surfing which draws about 850 competitors and 15,000
Pick your winning surfing puppy-dude
Some of the competitors over the past few years are of the
variety who clearly enjoy their special surfing event with their
owners. The dogs drew over 2000 spectators for the 2017
Vet Shop Australian Surfing Dogs Spectacular.
Chris de Aboitiz is an Australian dog whisperer and
former world champion tandem surfer; he developed
Kitesurfing and Stand Up Paddleboard
surfing in Australia. In 2016, he founded
SuperDogOz - a brand
combining his love of Australian oceans, dogs and teaching.
Here's some of his best students
C. de Aboitiz)...
And... as winter slowly gives way, we're watching the
vineyard news in California and
season has ended... so can Harvest
2017 be far
from Noosa and Wagga Wagga
in vino veritas,
(scene from a cottage in the Snowy Mountains)
from Australia, late-March, 2017