A WISE MOVE
FOR somebody who has nearly tried it all when it comes to cuisine in the Derwent Valley, Sally Wise is relishing the opportunity to try her hand at something new.
The acclaimed cook and author recently acquired a winepress from some family friends and was looking forward to trying her hand at winemaking for the first time.
“It’s so much fun in the trying and learning,” she said. “We’re very much novices at the moment.”
The press had been sitting with her friends in South Oakleigh in Melbourne for more than 45 years, where it was previously used by the family and several of the area’s Italian immigrants to make large volumes of wine over the Easter period.
“My friends came over and asked if I knew anybody who wanted a winepress and I said as a matter of fact I do,” she said. “We were on to it immediately and particularly the fact it has historical meaning to it. It’s been in their family for generations and they’ve used it and loved it and here it was sitting idly in a garage and we had the opportunity to do something with it. It was just one of the best gifts ever.”
Mrs Wise hoped to experiment and potentially hold winemaking classes through her popular cooking school in the future.
“We’ve researched till we’re blue in the face and we’ve sifted through it and now we have a definite process and we know what to do and we’re going to make wonderful wine.”
Mrs Wise will launch her latest cookbook next week before turning attention to next month’s Derwent Valley Autumn Festival.