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I spent a bit of time in Europe recently and one of the most remarkable phenomena I came across was Madrid’s fascination with the Gin & Tonic.

A quick search on the web reveals that this is not a new thing – its been going on for a few years now, but it’s quite something to witness first hand.  For a start they serve these drinks in huge wine glasses with loads of ice, juniper berries, assorted fruits and lots and lots of gin – at as much as 17 Euros a pop!

Madrid style Gin & Tonic

Madrid style Gin & Tonic

The range of gins available is also pretty impressive.  There seems to be a movement to create speciality and craft gins around the world.  It’s a far cry from the stuffy old G&T gents would quaff down at the 19th hole.  It will be interesting to see if this craze makes it to Melbourne.  If it does remember that the Mornington Peninsula has its own Gin Wizards in the form of Bass & Flinders.

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Proverb on the blackboard at Darling Park

Proverb on the blackboard at Darling Park

I recently had a very pleasant lunch time at Darling Park, tasting the wines and sampling the pizza and a salmon quiche.  The menu is quite simple, but every time we’ve eaten there it has been a good experience, and good value with their lunch plates typically under $20 each.  I particularly enjoyed the pizza. I think I was in that kind of mood.

The wine list at Darling Park

The wine list at Darling Park

As for the wines, I have to say the whites were ahead of the reds.  The stand out for me was the Olivarni Pinot Gris – rich, with a very subtle oily texture and flavours of pear and fig, just like their own tasting notes say.  The reds – well they didn’t do much for me at all, especially the 2011 reserve Pinot Noir at $48.  Like The Cups, I think they might be pushing their luck a little. The wines are definitely in the Sound category, but I couldn’t stretch them to the Fine on that showing.

Darling Park is well worth a visit.  The staff know their wines and are enthusiastic about them which is always a sign of an excellent cellar door. And you get the added bonus of the Bass & Flinders distillery (excellent gin).