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TDN Weekend January 2018

TDN Weekend December 2016 Issue 9

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from the region will be good, but its pinot noir is justly famous. Pithy shelf notes help the process of choosing a bottle from the Arrowtown Wine Store, but if all else fails, the expert staff will happily chat about the respective merits of pinots from Gibbston Valley, Bannockburn, Lowburn and Alexan- dra. An hour's drive over the Crown Range takes you to Wanaka for a half-day guided tour with Paddle Wanaka on the pristine waters of the lake, and re-fuelling at Big Fig, Federal Diner or Francesca's Italian Kitchen. If that sounds too much like hard work, designate a sober driver and reserve a ta- ble for lunch on the outdoor terrace at the Mt Difficulty Cellar Door & Winery Restau- rant. Trust me, the hardest part of your af- ternoon will be leaving! Make a brief stop on the way home – and you will be feeling right at home by then – at Mt Rosa Wines where your genial host may be wearing gumboots and will serve up a tasting of 7 or 8 smashing wines with local cheeses in the old woolshed. Not a bad (=an exceptionally good) way to sign off on a sojourn in Central Otago, but one visit is never enough. Fortunately, the Karaka Sales are held every year!

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