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Although oysters are now harvested year-round
(once upon a time, Europeans used to believe that
oysters were only supposed to be eaten in months
containing the letter "r"), those in the know believe
these down-south delicacies are at their best around
autumn. Why? Rain causes nutrients to be flushed
out of Albany harbour, making summer the oysters'
best chance to grow and develop their intense briny
flavours and creamy texture. While au naturel with a
dash of lemon or Tabasco is still the preferred way to
enjoy fresh oysters, fried in a light tempura batter is
also a fine way to enjoy these mollusc treats.
According to those who work the land, the best
olives grow where the best grapes grow, so don't
be surprised to find more wineries releasing their
own estate-grown olive oils. But be warned, with the
biennial fruit-bearing nature of olive trees working
against us this year -- 2009 was a bumper season, so
growers are expected a smaller crop than last year --
we suggest you act fast when 2010's oils are released
later in the year. For those without access to an
olive oil press, marinating your own green or black
olives is another way to capture the flavours of the
season. Start by curing the olives by splitting them
with a hammer and soaking them in cold water for a
week (changing water daily) before commencing the
Although some of these are another six months
away, now s the time to start making eyes at cellar
door staff as wine fans throughout the region
scramble for tickets to these marquee events.
Numbers are limited and healthy waitlists have
already started forming, so don t dawdle.
HOWARD PARK INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR
TASTING | Saturday October 2
No it s not a misprint: to reflect their work with
pinot both here and abroad, Howard Park proprie-
tors Jeff and Amy Burch have decided to alternate
between riesling and pinot noir for the winery s
annual tasting event. For this year s soiree, expect
debate to rage as pinot-philes sip and think their
way through brackets of terroir-driven expressions
from across the globe. Get the lowdown at howard-
parkwines.com.au and on (08) 9756 5200.
CULLEN CHARDONNAY TASTING |
Saturday October 16
Two important announcements for everyone on
the wait list for tickets to Cullen s annual celebra-
tion for all-things chardonnay. First, expect to get
a phone call around May with ticketing details for
this year s event, and secondly, stop being so smug.
Everyone else, let us pray to our respective deities
that one day we too will be granted access to this
wonderland of Montrachet, Chablis and ultra-
sophisticated Mendoza and Dijon.
To join the back of the queue, email pa@cullenwines.
com.au or call (08) 9755 5277.
CAPE MENTELLE INTERNATIONAL CABERNET
TASTING | Saturday November 13
Cape Mentelle s biennial tasting of world-class
cab sav has been locked in for November and
will again feature Australia s best cabernet (with
a healthy Margaret River representation) lining
up with foreign raiders from America, Italy and
France. This year, the focus will be on 2007, giving
connoisseurs the chance to make some interest-
ing comparisons. Perhaps of most interest: how
the wines from the so-so Bordeaux vintage will
compare with those made in a cracking Margaret
River growing season. More details to be confirmed
closer to the date, Charlotte at Cape Mentelle (08
9757 0888, firstname.lastname@example.org) is
Market day cool
If the prospect of hot, whiny children tagging around
after you puts you off going to farmers markets on
a Saturday morning, consider packing their bath-
ers and towels and heading to Subiaco. The Subi
Primary School pool at the Subi Farmers Market is
open on a Saturday morning and will remain open
until the end of March. So after you have done the
weekly shopping, you and the kids can keep cool as
an (organically grown, perhaps) cucumber.
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