Boozy in Blenheim

Small town is usually synonymous with “not a lot to do”. And when there’s not a lot to do…what do you do? The answer is drink.

That’s probably why the same people show up at the bar I work at night after night and get pissed (that’s Kiwi for drunk), but that’s a different story. This right here is my drinking story. Now I’m not drinking in Blenheim because there’s nothing else to do. After all, I’ve only lived here a few weeks. There is still plenty of untouched territory that needs to be explored. I drink because, well, I like it, and because if I’m living in a town with 60+ wineries, I feel it is my duty to visit each winery and do a proper wine tasting.

So here is a perfect, boozy  day in Blenheim:

9:00am

Wake up and head to Ritual for brekkie. Preferably Sticky Muesli or Huevos Rancheros. Wash it down with a Flat White.

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10:30am

Hop on bikes and cruise the country roads. (Don’t forget sunscreen & H2O)

11:30am

Make a pit stop at the chocolate factory for a chocolate tasting. Since it’s a boozy day, opt for the champagne truffles.

Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.

12:00pm

Arrive at Saint Clair Winery. Enjoy lunch in the garden, complete with vine surroundings and mountain backdrops. Order the Inspiration from the Garden, fresh and delicious. Pay $7 to do a wine tasting outside while you wait for the food to arrive, and learn how to use a GoPro.

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1:30pm

Continue the biking adventure toward the river. Explore the little pathways and ignore the high schoolers smoking pot. FYI the paths aren’t exactly paved. Hence the adventure part.

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2:00pm

On to another winery. Stop for water breaks and frolicking in vineyards along the way.

3:00pm

Arrive at Wither Hills. Sip on at least 10 different wines and pretend you know what you’re doing. Swirl. Sniff. Taste. Nod. Repeat.

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What do you smell? Wine. What do you taste? Wine. For the sauvignon blanc, passion fruit is a safe bet. NZ’s Sauvignon Blanc is some of the best in the world, so I guess that would make passion fruit their secret ingredient.

4:00pm

Grab a full glass of sunshine and savor it on a bean bag in the afternoon wine. Tipsy much?
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5:00pm

Bike home safely.

5:30pm

Open up a newly bought bottle of wine (preferably from Wither Hills/Saint Clair) or crack open a beer if you’ve had your fill of fermented grape juice, and grill out. Burgers? Corn on the cob? Lamb maybe? Sober up with dinner on the deck.

7:00pm

Top off the evening with a sunset stroll through the park. It’s good to walk off dinner and drinks.

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8:30pm

Fall into bed – after drinking lots of water and maybe applying aloe.

Next day? Wake up. Repeat. After all, there’s about 58 more wineries to go.

Cheers!

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