Sitella Winery and Cafe

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Sipping wine and gazing over vineyards whilst waiting for a gourmet lunch is a tough gig, but I’m always up for a challenge. With my three pals and I taking full advantage of another brilliant Groupon offer, we sallied out to the Swan Valley on a Wednesday afternoon to check out Sitella’s winery and restaurant.

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Sitting out on the rear deck overlooking the vines, we perused the menu and marvelled at this mellow winter escape only a 30 minute drive from home.  Presented with a basket of warm bread, we buttered and ate, relaxed and happy.

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My glass of new vintage Berns and Walsh Rose was the perfect accompaniment for an entree of oysters dressed with red wine vinegar and shallots.

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Just look at these succulent ocean fresh babies.  Bliss is often found in the simplest things.

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Duck gets me excited. I sometimes have an inner conflict where my love for the feathered live versions competes with my love for the cooked versions.  My stomach invariably triumphs. I’ve had stints at being completely vegetarian but I love food too much to embrace this on a lifelong basis. I limit my meat consumption at home but when dining out I treat myself to dishes I wouldn’t cook for myself; duck being one of those things.

The crispy roasted breast with gateau of confit leg, orange marmalade and red onion choucroute was a simple but beautifully presented dish. Cooked to tender pink perfection, the duck breast was perfectly paired with the seasoned confit and the slightly acidic choucroute.

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JS and The Prof feasted on free range pork cheeks with honey-glazed belly, colcannon, black pudding and apple dressing. They loved this rich dish with its splash of jus and accompaniments. It takes a brave woman to eat black pudding, and I’m not one of them.

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Frau K ordered the entree of house made gnocchi with basil tomato sugo and roasted Mediterranean vegetables as a main course size, declaring the dish to be buonissimo.  Featuring downy soft gnocchi and bursting with flavour, the dish looked striking with its red and green colours topped with with parmesan shavings.

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Sitella’s was another superlative Swan Valley experience. The service was top notch, the surroundings tranquil, the wine first rate and the food delectable. Nominate a skipper, take a drive, enjoy a relaxing lunch and savour some first class wines.

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