Thanks to good old Groupon, Scotty and I were able to sample another boutique winery in the Swan Valley that probably wouldn’t have popped up on our radar otherwise. This deal entitled us to a glass of wine and a home-made gourmet pie fresh from the Bindoon Bakehaus for $15 each.
On a perfect sunny winter’s Friday, we arrived at the cellar door to find a green, bucolic vista complete with friendly resident golden retriever. While we indulged in a leisurely 30 minutes of wine tasting, the uber friendly staff popped our pies in the oven to warm up. Wine tasting for the first four tastings is free, and then a charge applies. There are also olives and olive oil tastings on offer for a small fee.
We sampled a range of wines from the rose to the chardonnays to the reds, and decided the rose would be the perfect accompaniment to our meal.
We both selected the chicken, leek and chardonnay pies, although there are also four red meat options to choose from. The pies are all made with wines sourced from the Ugly Duckling. We checked out the other foods on offer which comprise cheese boards, charcuterie platters and Turkish bread with dips. The few other tables occupied also seemed to be taking advantage of the Groupon offer. Who doesn’t love a scrumptious pie when it’s home-made and accompanied by a glass of vino?
Served with a generous side salad drizzled with balsamic, our pies were made from beautiful crisp puff pastry and filled with snowy white chunks of chicken.
The Ugly Duckling has expansive lawns and ample space for your ankle biters to run around. There’s live music on the weekends, and it’s a delightful way to while away a few hours, sipping wine and ruminating on life’s little pleasures. Do as we did, and cruise down the road to Yahava Koffeeworks or Maddison’s in Guildford for a coffee and a sweet treat afterwards. Bliss.