I am so lucky to have so many passionate wine makers and wine experts on my show. Sarah Crowe Senior Winemaker from Bimbadgen is no exception. In fact she is rather special. A woman in a very male dominated world, who was the recipient of the Hunter Valley Wine Industry Association’s Hunter Legends “Rising Star of the Year” Award in 2009.
For a girl from the coastal town of Wollongong, New South Wales, who went to the Hunter Valley to explore horticulture she has done amazingly well. Sarah works on a range of wine varietals across the Bimbadgen range. Bimbadgen is going through a brand extension and part of this is taking a strong stance on environmental sustainability; a new bottle is being used that is 28 percent lighter than previous bottles for its wine range, saving 140g per bottle. Across a yearly production, this equates to an approximate 42,000 kilograms of glass saved per annum. I am passionate about sustainable living and recycling so this is good news.
With a fresh look and feel, come sensational additions to the Bimbadgen wine range including the Bimbadgen Sparkling range, consisting of the popular Sparkling Semillon and new release Sparkling Rose, is a fun and lively twist on classic varieties. I was lucky enough to get to try some of the great Bimbadgen classics on the show.
when I am next in the Hunter I will be visiting Esca their restaurant that has just released its highly anticipated winter menu. This features gastronomic delights inspired by fresh local Hunter Valley produce. Signature dishes within Esca are the Tasting Plates, available in red and white wine options. These tasting plates offer three ‘tastes’ from the Esca Menu, presented with a taste of the matching Bimbadgen wine – an introduction to the food and wine matching process which is always so much fun.
Also put a note in the diary about the ‘Day on the Green’ concert series. These are held at the property’s outdoor amphitheatre overlooking the magical vineyards and they have just announced American rock legend Meatloaf to feature on October 8, 2011 and jazz-rock legends Steely Dan and Steve Winwood on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Wine, food and music can’t go wrong there.
Bimbadgen can be located at 790 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW
Tel 02 4998 4600. www.bimbadgen.com.au