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Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Front Page - WITH ANITA McPHERSON

IT’S re­ally hard to be­lieve the Ruther­glen Win­ery Walk­a­bout has been go­ing since 1974.

I’m re­lieved to say it was be­fore my time, but I’m sure my par­ents and their friends were among those who caught the red rat­tler or cruised up in the Kingswood to spend a boozy week­end in wine coun­try.

And while I thought it might have started mod­estly, even in 1974 the pop­u­lar fes­ti­val at­tracted 10,000 peo­ple who prob­a­bly vis­ited many of the winer­ies still op­er­at­ing there to­day.

It just goes to show hav­ing fun never goes out of fash­ion, and with record-break­ing crowds ex­ceed­ing 15,000 this year, this is a party to end all par­ties keep­ing gen­er­a­tions en­ter­tained.

The range of wine va­ri­eties on of­fer is one thing that cer­tainly has changed and it’s nice to en­joy a slick San­giovese among the more fa­mil­iar Ruther­glen reds.

Ruther­glen Es­tates ver­sion of the pop­u­lar Ital­ian va­ri­etal has a vi­brant cherry aroma bounc­ing up from the deep ruby drop, en­hanced by a back­ground of savoury oak.

It has a juicy and gen­er­ous mouth­feel filled with red cherry and berry fruits and some re­ally nice, earthy cedar on the way to the dry fin­ish.

The food-friendly va­ri­ety con­tin­ues to be an ideal choice for red lovers with a hearty ap­petite, this one pair­ing well with ev­ery­thing from an­tipasto and pizza, to roast lamb and a mixed grill.

Now that’s what I call a wine for ev­ery taste and gen­er­a­tion.

Try it at the cel­lar door in Ruther­glen or go to www. ruther­glen­es­

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