Every reason to enjoy Veraison

A couple of evenings ago, we drove as the setting sun cast warm glows on the bushland and vines, to Bluestone Lane Winery, the home of Veraison Restaurant. We had been invited by our friends Jan and Len to an event held by the Mornington Peninsula Wine and Food Society, of which they are members.

The prearranged menu with accompanying wines had been carefully selected by these foodies to complement each other and delight the senses. The owner filled us in with background details about the wines and what we were eating – which very much added to the total experience.

Upon arrival, we were welcomed with the winery’s sparkling white made by the methode champagnoise accompanied by canap├ęs including a delicate salmon on miniature blini.

Then we sat down to tables set with white cloths and lillies to nibble on rolls with the most divine olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

The entree was a mystery and we were invited to identify the ingredients. It turned out to be Canadian giant scallops on Spanish black pudding – I kid you not! Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo.

This was the main, which was also a mystery and turned out to be Flinders Island milk-fed wallaby with crunchy dried mushroom topping and a beetroot jus.
The sweet was their signature

20131020-073925.jpg dish – violet gelato with white chocolate ice cream and honeycomb – a sweet indulgence to finish with. By the time I drove home it was almost midnight and I was glad that I had resisted the lure of the carefully selected wines. Thanks, Jan and Len, for the invitation to an evening of good company and sensory treats.