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New South Burnett Face On State Wine Industry Association
Maryanne Pidcock29th January 2003: Maryanne Pidcock from Captain's Paddock Vineyard, Cafe and B&B near Kingaroy has become the South Burnett's newest face on the Queensland Wine Industry Association. The QWIA is the state body that was formed in 2001 to help co-ordinate the development of the State's wine industry and raise awareness that the quality of Queensland wines is now amongst the best in the nation. Maryanne's appointment in place of fellow Kingaroy winemaker Bernard Ziebarth (who recently retired after long and distinguished service) means she'll be joining Gerald Keatinge from Moffatdale's Clovely Estates as one of the QWIA's seven directors. Maryanne will also be chairing the QWIA's Education Committee which is actively looking at ways to develop winemakers' skills in every area from grape-growing to marketing. The QWIA itself will be holding a meeting in Kingaroy on May 21st this year as part of a programme of regional meetings it began in 2002 - an initiative that's met with a lot of success. Maryanne says that she's looking forward to her new role, even if it does entail a lot of travelling. Photo above: Maryanne takes a quick breather after gathering in this year's harvest at the Paddock: 18 tonnes of high quality Chardonnay and Merlot grapes.
New Cellar Door Opening In Nanango
26th January 2003: Tourist organisations recognise that sustaining the South Burnett's growing reputation as Queensland's top wine region means that more wineries, cellar doors, restaurants and accommodation need to be established in our area. So I'm very pleased to report that when Whistle Stop Wines open their doors in Nanango a little later this year it looks likely that tourists will have another very worthwhile destination to add to their itineraries. The project had its genesis when Margaret Mangan-Walsh and Terry Walsh planted 4500 vines at their Noonameena property near Nanango several years ago to help feed a growing demand for quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. "Although we grew grapes for other wine producers, we always had intentions of starting our own label" Mrs. Mangan-Walsh said. Result? Their 2002 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon is expected to be available in September this year (out of the 6000 bottles produced, 1200 will be a Premium Dry and the remainder a sweeter blend). Supplementary white styles are expected to follow soon afterwards. But in addition to their own wines - and as a unique new attraction on the South Burnett wine trail - the Walsh Family will also be developing their Whistle Stop Wines cellar door right alongside the old Kingaroy-Nanango railway line. "We'll be providing wine tastings and light meals in a casual dining area", Mrs. Mangan-Walsh said. Whistle Stop Wines will also incorporate an old time railway theme to embellish the historic location and capture the interest of passing highway travellers. Watch out for more news on this later in the year!
Barambah Ridge Release 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Barambah Ridge Winery23rd January 2003: Barambah Ridge Winery have just released their 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - and if you enjoy really good red wines this one is well worth inspecting. The grapes that made it were hand-picked at Barambah Ridge's Redgate vineyard almost 18 months ago. The fruit was in very sound condition and after crushing the mix was cold macerated for three days to maximise fruit flavour, colour and the natural tannins from the skins. The wine was then stored in French oak for 16 months. The finished product has a solid fruit/tannin/acid backbone that will soften and integrate in the bottle over time with patient cellaring. It also has a very deep colour with an opaque core and a fine red rim. This new release also has all the hallmarks of a classic Cabernet, rich in blackcurrant fruit layered with dark chocolate and cigar box flavours for added complexity. It's available right now from Barambah Ridge and from the winery's cellar doors (The Big Barrell in Maleny, Montville, Noosa, Maryborough and Schmieders cooperage at Bundaberg).

South Burnett Wine Summary


2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon


Barambah Ridge Winery
79 Goshnick's Road, Redgate via Murgon

Contact details:  

Phone: (07) 4168-4766


100% South Burnett


750ml (8.5 standard drinks)


100% Cabernet Sauvignon

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$24.95 single bottle (discounts per case)                              

New Chef For Bell Tower Restaurant
Steve Gudzinski20th January 2003: The Booie Range Distillery's Bell Tower Restaurant has a new Executive Chef from today onwards: Steve Gudzinski, who'll be taking over the role pioneered by Michael Collins. Steve came to the South Burnett 12 months ago in the capacity of Second Chef when the premises first opened and says that he's "extremely excited" about the challenge of building on the Bell Tower's already high reputation. Steve has had many years of epicurean experience and previously worked in establishments such as the prestigious boutique Hotel Carindale, Brisbane's trendy Pineapple Hotel and Perisher's Snowgum Restaurant. Over the last year The Bell Tower Restaurant has demonstrated a commitment to high quality cuisine and service which has won it a loyal following amongst tourists and locals alike. It also carries a wide range of top quality South Burnett wines on its wine list. The restaurant area is capable of seating 150 guests and its spectacular views have also made it a popular venue for weddings and other large functions. Meanwhile, the Bell Tower's stylish modern bar offers Booie Range Distillery spirit and liqueur tasting and sales - all made right here in the South Burnett! Photo: Steve relaxes with a glass of Crane's 2000 Merlot at the Bell Tower

South Burnett Restaurant Fast Facts


Bell Tower Restaurant


Booie Range Distillery, cnr Schellbachs Rd & Haydens Rd, Booie via Kingaroy

Contact details:  

Phone: (07) 4162-7000  


Cafe from 9:00am daily
A la carte: from 6:00pm Thursdays to Saturdays
Functions by arrangement

Average entree:  

Cafe - $8.00
A la carte: $10.50

Average main:  

Cafe - $13.00
A la carte: $21.50

Average dessert:  

Cafe - $5.50
A la carte: $7.50


Type of Cuisine:

Modern Australian fusion cuisine in a variety of dining styles. The restaurant's emphasis is on using quality South Burnett regional produce.

Knife Co. Knives A Cut Above The Rest
Some of The Knife Co's knives17th January 2003: A team of South Burnett chefs who'll be competing in the 2003 LifeStyle Australian Regional Culinary Competition in Adelaide are sharpening their knives to do battle against Australia's great food and wine regions. And in support of their quest to put the South Burnett on the national culinary map, The Knife Co. from Murgon has very kindly donated a knife set to each member of the team, along with a set of knives to raffle off to the public for fundraising. The Knife Co Pty Ltd owners - Derek and Robyn Stanley - have been carefully designed and crafting a wide range of knives for the commercial, domestic and hunting market ever since 1997 as well as professional kitchen knives. And it surprises a lot of people to find that The Knife Co is the only manufacturer of completely Australian-made chef's knives. To add a unique twist to their menu, Team South Burnett will not only be producing South Burnett regional cuisine at the competition - they'll also be the only team preparing food with precision knives from their own region! If anyone would like a chance of winning their own Knife Co chef and butchers knife, please feel free to contact me. Photo above: Some of The Knife Co's great kitchen knives - an exclusive South Burnett product.
Back - And Even Bigger - For 2003!
14th January 2003: Hello everyone! South Burnett Cuisine is returning to life today after our Festive Season vacation. And from now on we'll be bringing you a new story about developments in South Burnett wines and foods every three days. Regular visitors to our site will also notice a few improvements that we added to the site during the summer break - such as our new databases of South Burnett wineries, cellar doors, restaurants, cafes and winery/adventure tours. All of these databases come from South Burnett Tourism Online. And you can expect the volume of information they offer will grow substantially this year as the SBTO project moves into Phase 3 of its development. We've also added a News Archive to hold the stories that roll off our front page. And later on (when we have enough material) we'll be adding a search engine to this so you can research particular stories of interest. Work has also begun on our new Cuisine Suppliers database, and we have plans for several others as well. 2003 promises to be a very exciting year for the South Burnett - drought or no drought - and we hope you'll enjoy it with us.

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