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Go Travel Windsor: Deck The Halls and Party, Party!
THE HOME STORE (IN WINDSOR, NEAR THE TOWN CLOCK ON GEORGE & FITZGERALD)
Parties, parties, parties: It is the month of festivities, of over-eating and of Dickens' Scrooge. The Home Store wants you to be prepared for all your entertaining: decorations, candles and of course, stocking-stuffers and party hats. Open daily for your convenience!
Address: 189-197 George Street
02 4577 7747
Hours: Open daily
We lack shopping skills so The Home Store at the corner of Fitzgerald and George streets takes the pressure off. Here we find 'everything' - it is the ultimate variety store, an 'Emporium of Riches'! We have wandered for hours in room after room chock-a-block from floor to ceiling with…well, everything!
Think kitchen, think home accessories, furniture and mirrors. A wedding or anniversary coming up? At The Home Store, you'll find invitations, stationery and table decorations. . .
Need sewing items or hardware for a DIY project? Need arts and crafts items to keep kids entertained during school holidays? Or, dress-up costumes for a party. If you can't find an item, call on the staff. They seem to know every nook and cranny and the location of those everyday items.
Proprietor Tass Karozis tells us that many locals still refer to the store by its name from many years ago, The Base. Typical of country towns - the former name and its reputation is fused in local memory.
Go Travel Windsor: Country Victoria on exhibit at Purple Noon
Purple Noon Gallery, 606 Terrace Road, Freemans Reach 02 4579 6579
Esteemed Victorian artists Vida Pearson (printmaker) and Lucy McEachern (sculptor) are on exhibition with 'Cut and Formed on the Plains' at Purple Noon Gallery. We took a peek through the Purple Noon catalogue... such interesting work in this exhibition which closes January 2019. Take a look at the works of these two artists
Purple Noon owner and curator, Robyn Williams brings to the Hawkesbury art scene a dizzying array of art, works by a diverse group of artists. This exhibition is stunning and worth a trip to the rural countryside of Freemans Reach.
We suggest you make a day of art & wine travelling from the Gallery to the Sydney Wine Trail in Ebenezer and East Kurrajong.
The beautiful rural Hawkesbury region is now home to a surprising number of vineyards and three cellar doors. The Hawkesbury wines lay claim to a unique 'terroir' - a French classification, which defines the environmental conditions - the soil and weather in which the grapes are grown.
These boutique Hawkesbury cellar doors share a larger area once known in 1803 as Portland Head. It is here that Dr. Thomas Fiaschi, an Italian immigrant and surgeon, imported and planted the first vine cuttings from Italy and France in 1882.
In the Hawkesbury, every vintage is unique, affected by any unusual seasonal changes and the rich river soil, producing the tannin compounds in the grape. But large wine producers across Australia have dozens of vineyards and blend grapes from among these locations to maintain a product that is similar year after year.
Bull Ridge Estate produces Verdelho, a dry white with a citrus, pineapple flavour and a hint of pear. Our vintner suggests this wine when serving chicken or fish. Among the four varieties in the 2014/15 crop, Bull Ridge produced two reds, Shiraz and Durif (Petite Sirah). The Shiraz is a lighter dry, perfect with summer lunches while the Durif is full bodied with more tannin - beautiful with a serving of lamb or beef.
The long-established Tizzana Winery in an historic and beautiful cellar produces a medium bodied dry red, 2015 Petit Verdot and a lighter Aleatico Rose from grapes grown at Tizzana Vineyard. A favourite in our household is the 2013 Clarissa, a dry red blend made from Shiraz, Tannat and grapes. The dominant aroma characteristics, berry and spice, are complemented by liquorice and coconut characters and aged with oak to make this medium bodied red the perfect accompaniment with red meats. Tizzana's production also includes Ambrose Rosé - made from Aleatico grapes which when slightly chilled ideally accompanies cheeses and nuts.
The vintners of The Sydney Wine Trail (Hawkesbury) are opened for tastings on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from noon to 6pm. Weekday tastings are by appointment.
Address: 518 Tizzana Road, Ebenezer
Hours: Open Sat, Sun and Public Holidays 12noon - 6pm
Phone: Please call for groups or weekday tastings: 02 4579 1150
Address: 519 Tizzana Road, Ebenezer
Hours: Open Sat, Sun 12noon - 5pm Open hours vary so best to book