We headed over the hill today, to the local wine region that feels as if it should be much further away. In little more than an hour, if I don’t count the stop we made to have a coffee on the way, we were in a winery trying some delicious wines. It has some time since I did a tasting, and I enjoyed the fact that we didn’t rush it, we savoured the wine and chatted and took our time. After two wineries, it was time for lunch. We found a place I’d heard about but never visited. What a treat it was! A delicious, specialist platter for three, with pork belly and a pineapple chutney, an artichoke with chorizo, brie, hummus, olives, tapenade, edamame, fresh bread, crackers, rare venison with a salsa verde, a tiny triangle of frittata, roast kumara and a fresh tomato sauce, marinated mushrooms, and beetroot cured salmon, and I’m sure to have forgotten something! All with a yummy dry riesling. And after another tasting, we headed back over the hill.