Dressed like we just got home from a Friday night out, 15 of us welcomed the hot-pink stretch hummer limo we had for the next seven and a half hours of wine tasting, while I ducked my head and quickly hid behind the tinted windows.
I was displaying signs characteristic of Houdini for two reasons. One, the hummer pulled up to the curb at a sprightly 9 am. This is on a Saturday. As a recent uni graduate I don't get out of bed 'till 11 am on a Monday. Two, hot-pink hummers are not my thing. Truth be told, wine is not my thing. My friends, however, are my thing?
Fast forward one hour, two smoke stops, and two 'included in the package' bottles of champagne, and we arrive at the picturesque cellar door of Shingleback Wines. I tasted two whites, one red, and lounged on the leather sofas while waiting for some of the ladies to pay for their bottles.
We then bundled back into our now beloved hummer, and wiggled in our seats to the popular sounds and music videos of Christina and Britney, while nibbling on the provided fruit, cheese, and crackers. We then had a quick stop off to see some rogue Alpaca's, getting close enough for a photo but staying far enough to eliminate the risk of spit in our hair.
The lovely tastes of Woodstock Wines greeted us next, and three stops later we parked in the grounds of the best beef I've ever eaten. Sadly, for me more than you, I've forgotten the name of the place. But take assurance in the fact that McLaren Vale rules, and regardless of where you visit in the area you will be delighted.
After a quick send off shimmy, we sadly started for home. Stumbling into bed at 8.30 that night and not waking until 12 pm that Sunday, I now understand why you're meant to spit out the wine you taste, or go easier on the champagne and beer you're supplied.
As a now experienced wino, I recommend a bottle of Shingleback 'Haycutters' Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon, and Woodstock Grenache Rose. And I press you to find a better way to celebrate a Saturday than with a McLaren Vale wine tour. While considering your own wine tour, do keep in mind this was the early twenties version, and your day can be as wild or tame as you so desire.