Things really do seem to be getting busy at Willow Creek.  Their function and wedding business is just going gang-busters.  This time of year they are doing up to three weddings a weekend.  But you can already see that work has started on their new 39 bed “hotel”.  Trees have been cleared in preparation for a build starting sometime in the new year.  There is talk of closing the cellar door for a year while the work goes on – and I imagine that the whole nature of the Salix operation is going to have to change too.  If you’ve got people staying in the hotel, they are going to need breakfast, lunch and dinner – unless there is a new dining facility going in.  So all change there.  It is definitely the case that if you want dinner – or lunch – at Willow Creek ring first.

Over in Red Hill, Port Phillip/Kooyong has established itself as a true Peninsula icon, and quite rightly so.  It is a magnificent building.  Emma, super cellar door person, has moved on.  She has popped up in another interesting venture with Kate McIntyre MW (no less) to offer the WSET level 2 wine course at Moorooduc Estate.  Now if you ever thought about doing a wine course, this is a good one to look at.  It is part of the journey you need to go on to get to MW (Master of Wine).  Ironically out of the UK (not exactly known for its fine wine production) it is supposed to be a very good.

Anyway, back to Port Phillip.  The thing I found a bit alarming is that the cellar door is still pushing the 2011 Pinot Noirs.  I asked when the 2012s would come out and was told there was still a lot of the 2011 left.  Now there is probably a reason for that, given that particular year.  I would suggest that they need to move on a bit there.  Hopefully they have a plan …

At the other end of the Peninsula, Jones Road continues to do good business with its English themed lunches on Sunday.  They too are picking up good wedding business.  Jones Road is always good value – no “three scallops and weird foam” there.