It’s that time again when you’re another year older, wiser and grateful – for me that’s turning Twenty Two! My birthday had fallen on a week day again, but luckily for me work started the following week. Having a birthday in January has always been exciting as it’s in the midst of the other major celebrations – Christmas, New Years, Valentines Day and Chinese New Year. It’s indeed a big win for me as I receive either one major gift for all or several gifts; and of course the fact that it will always be surrounded by my loved ones. I don’t know what it is but I absolutely love spending my birthdays at any sort of winery. Last year it was at Dominique Portet and this year was at the beautiful Levantine Hill Estate, perfect for a sunny day in Melbourne. Although it was during a week day and most were at work, it was a lovely day spent with Mr P and my mother. We are definitely coming back with a group of friends so we can enjoy a lunch in the barrel booths! The food, service and atmosphere indeed added to a great experience. We started off with a glass of the Estates Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2015. For Entrees we selected the Truffled Mac and Cheese Croquettes that would just melt in your mouth and a must at any winery is the Charcuterie Board. Having been a fairly warm day with not a huge appetite, sharing all these dishes was the most ideal. There are indeed many more that must be tried on our next visit. We had also ordered the Foie gras terrinewith traditional brioche and Prawn Linguine. Do not be deceived by the images as each dish was indeed the perfect portion. With there always being room for dessert, we finished the afternoon with a plate of Buttermilk and Honey Panna Cotta with Strawberries and Meringue. Another birthday well spent relaxing with a great view, food and company! Side tracking a bit for those interested, my birthday dinner was at one of my favourite Japanese restaurants – Komeyui. I thought I would mix it up a bit and avoid having my birthday dinners at any restaurant within the Crown complex! Ended the night with an unexpected surprise from a group of friends with a few bouquets (some even from overseas!), birthday gifts, cake and hand written messages; at almost 12 midnight when I was about to call it a night – felt the love indeed! Despite all these memorable moments, it’s a true blessing that God has given me yet another year!
Levantine Hill Estate 882 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3770