Monday, April 4, 2011

McLaren Vale, Visit 2

Merkel and Mytle returned to McLaren Vale after their visit more than 12 months ago. The weather was much more amenable to drinking hot chocolates and they stayed overnight at the Serafino winery resort.

Woodstock Wine Estate

Woodstock is a winery is located on Douglas Gully Road, McLaren Flat. It provides cellar door tasting and lunch seven days a week. The restaurant is the Coterie which is nestled amongst large gum trees and has comfortable seating indoors and outdoors. It provides friendly table service and reasonably exotic menu featuring local produce.

The hot chocolate came in a tall ceramic mug on a saucer. It was topped with a white forth and a sprinkle of chocolate powder. The drink had a dark chocolate flavour was not too sweet. The mug of hot chocolate cost four dollars.
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Serafino is a resort, cellar door sales and winery on Kangarilla Road, McLaren Vale. It is just opposite the Oxenberry Cellar Door Sales which feature the McLaren Vale Bracegirdles outlet. The Serafino Restauranut provides and excellent view over gum trees and the lake which features ducks, geese and a fountain. The table service is excellent and the food is delicious.

The hot chocolate was unfortunately not up to the standard of the rest of the meal. The drink came in a coffee cup and was topped by a thin froth. The flavour was sweet and milky. It costs $3.50. Hot chocolate fans should save their tastebuds for the Belgian hot chocolate at Bracegirdles over the road.

Koffee'n Snax

This is an unpretentious snack bar on the main road of McLaren Vale. There is seating in the main shop as well as an outside verandah area to the side.

The hot chocolate came in a large LaVazza coffee cup and saucer. There was a heap of froth on top and a dusting of chocolate powder. A marshmallow was provided in the saucer. The drink had a milk chocolate flavour and cost was $3.50.

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