Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - FRONT PAGE - with ANITA

SOME peo­ple re­ally seem to like go­ing clothes shop­ping with friends and mak­ing an oc­ca­sion out it, but for me, it’s some­thing I much pre­fer do­ing on my own. I don’t have the pa­tience to look at things I’m not in­ter­ested in, I don’t like be­ing asked how long I’m go­ing to be, and I cer­tainly don’t need help mak­ing a de­ci­sion. The free­dom to browse, try what­ever I like and take my time is ex­actly what makes the whole ex­pe­ri­ence a plea­sure and it’s an in­dul­gent es­cape from some­one else’s dead­lines. It’s a lit­tle the same with wine tast­ing some­times I’m not in a rush to move on and would rather pick and choose from a range and re­ally stop to en­joy it. So it’s a bonus to sam­ple at Ruther­glen Es­tates where the Abo­rig­i­nal Exhibitions Gallery at the cel­lar door of­fers an amaz­ing col­lec­tion of art to pon­der while you taste. While there are won­der­ful spe­cial oc­ca­sion choices here, it’s also great to get your hands on a good value red like the 2016 Red. It’s a blend of mostly Shi­raz with a lit­tle Du­rif and has an invit­ing aroma of rich berry fruit, warm oak and pep­per spice. It’s full flavoured with gen­er­ous plum and berry fruit but also nicely balanced, mak­ing it rest easy in the mouth with a lit­tle choco­latey smooth­ness. Try it with beef roast, bar­be­cue or pizza. It’s a crowd pleaser which stylishly nails the smart ca­sual brief. Visit the cel­lar door in Ruther­glen or go to www.ruther­glen­es­

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