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Sunday, January 23, 2000
Bellbird (Cessnock), Hunter Valley, NSW to Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia:
Latitude: 33° 53' 7" South
Longitude: 151° 14' 2" East
Altitude: 236 feet
From Seattle: 8714 miles
Lodging: Friend / Family - Sofie and Chris

Today's Travel:
Country: Australia
Region: New South Wales
Start: Bellbird (Cessnock), Hunter Valley, NSW
Stop 1. Peterson House, Hunter Valley, NSW
Stop 2. Calais Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW
Stop 3. Petersons, Hunter Valley, NSW
Stop 4. Briar Ridge Vineyard, Hunter Valley, NSW
Stop 5. Saddler's Creek, Hunter Valley, NSW
Stop 6. Capercaillie, Hunter Valley, NSW
Stop 7. Brokenwood Wines, Hunter Valley, NSW
End:Sydney, Australia
Linear:119 miles
Weather: Sunny / Mostly Sunny / Rain

Available Photos:

Vineyard Petersons, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

Susie Petersons, Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1018
Linear Dist: 199402
Countries Visited: 67
Regions Visited: 251
More stats...
Hotels: 326
Friends / Family: 272
Camping: 120
Hostels: 221
Transit: 65
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 3622

Journal Entry:
The plan was to go back to Calais to pick up a couple bottles of the Chambourcin that I enjoyed so much yesterday. On the way stopped and tried just one more winery - Peterson House. After Calais decided there was time for one more that was recommended, Petersons. Petersons was so fantastic that I decided to send a case home - which meant that I had to go buy a selection of wines from other wineries. So there were 23 more wines from five new wineries tasted, way to much money spent on wine and shipping, and got home six hours later than planed. Final counts for yesterday and today - 69 wines from fourteen wineries.

Today's wineries and my favorite wines:

  1. Peterson House
  2. Calais Estate - Chambourcin
  3. Petersons - Back Block Shiraz
  4. Briar Ridge - Old Vines Shiraz
  5. Saddlers Creek - Equus Hunter Shiraz
  6. Capercaillie - Orange Highlands Merlot
  7. Brookenwood - Cricket Pitch Cabernet Sauvignon / Cabernet Franc / Shiraz / Merlot, Mistress Block Shiraz

Back in Sydney I spent some time in an internet cafe updating my journal, selecting photos to print out before leaving, and just surfing around. Stopped at a bookstore to look at travel guides (this is turning out to be one of my favorite pastime). Sof and Chris are away at Killcare for a few days so I finished off the night on my own with Indian takeout and a video (Blues Brothers 2000 - should have skipped it). Walking back to Sof and Chris' it suddenly started to rain - and me with only a $100 bill - no taxi's going to break that. Scrounged enough change to get me most of the way back then got soaked walking the last few blocks - I have no idea where the rain came from.

Related Sites:
Australia's Wine Planet
CNN: Current Weather in Sydney
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Australia
CIA World Fact Book: Australia

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