Going local & staying Home with Bill Bryson

Aug 20th, 2013 Jayne Pearce ,

At our most recent Wines & Spines, the book up for review was non-fiction “Home” by Bill Bryson. Mr Bryson spends a year living and breathing the history of his rectory in Norfolk, England. Using his Georgian pile as a back-drop, he launches into a historical account of domesticity and architecture broken down by each room in the home. The home as a backdrop made for a very approachable and comprehensive history lesson when combined with some equally approachable wine and food.


To emphasis the feeling of convenience, I decided to source something local from one of my favourite suppliers nakedwine.com They ultimately sell and promote smaller, boutique style start-up wineries around the world, particularly in California. The white was a Sin Fronteras Dos Mujeres CA 2012 by Macario Montoya using Spanish known grapes (Albarino and Grenache blanc) sourced from the Sierra Foothills and Paso. It had a wonderful fresh acidity that conveniently matched Stephanie’s yummy lemon pie. $11.99.


The red was a Semilla zinfandel 2012 again from the Sierra foothills. It’s single vineyard with low yield so only small amounts were made but I loved its fresh, ripe but spicy style. $10.99.

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