For a long time I wanted to write about my wine shopping experience in Healesville, a charming tourist town in the Yarra Valley, about an hour’s drive from Melbourne. One can find a jewel of a wine store in this rural retreat, called Barrique. I took the photo above Christmas last year.
This is the old shop front
When visiting Healesville again in July 2009, I was shocked to not see the above signpost in the old place. I was afraid that the global financial crises and the bush fires might have let to the closure of this little wine shop. Alas, it had only moved a block further along the main street into the city centre. I was so happy when I found it again.
The “new” Barrique, a block further up the main street
I could not resist the temptation. Previously, I had bought German wines from this shop. I dashed in to see what was on offer. The wines are beautifully displayed. There was so much out there. I could not stop browsing through the shelves.
The inside of Barrique
So many bottles
Wines from all over the world
The “German box” with selected Riesling wines from various German wine regions
The box above announces some of the best German Riesling producers from Mosel, and Nahe. I just love Riesling wines. In the end I picked up four bottles, one from the Pfalz, three from the Mosel. I will not tell you what they were today. More about the tastings of these wines later. Stay tuned to the Man from Mosel River.
Delightful looking shop. I buy my wine in the local grocery store where I am forced to choose between a lot of Gallo and a lot of Yellow Tail, and maybe a little Banrock Station and Penfolds. Not that it isn’t “all good” as they say — or at least better than plain old tea, coffee, water …