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

IT was great to catch up with friends at a Chi­nese restau­rant in the city which was an old favourite, but it might not have hap­pened if I’d been taken in by on­line re­views.

So of­ten pun­ters give a venue a past­ing be­cause of a mis­un­der­stand­ing with their book­ing, they have un­re­al­is­tic expectations or had a run in with a staff mem­ber, with­out even men­tion­ing the food.

Truth is we like to vent when we’re an­gry and the minute I see a re­view that runs too long or is verg­ing on nasty, I take it with the grain of salt it de­serves.

I knew the restau­rant was go­ing to be crazy busy and the ser­vice hap­haz­ard at best, but the roast duck is out of this world which is why I brought along the Ruther­glen Es­tates Shi­raz.

The red drinkers at the ta­ble loved its deep, dark colour and the heady nose of black­berry and pep­per.

It’s also has a lovely weight and smooth tex­ture which en­hances the in­ten­sity of the berry and plum fruit.

The toasty oak also helps em­pha­sise the spicy, savoury char­ac­ter­is­tics and sat­is­fy­ing length of flavour.

While it’s great with beef, the fruity savoury combo also worked well with the rich duck flesh and its wrap­per of crisp, salty skin, which oozed lots of fatty juices.

It’s im­por­tant to give credit when it’s due and it turns out some peo­ple just know their knit­ting.

Try the range at the cel­lar door in Ruther­glen or find out more at www.ruther­glen­es­

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