A regular stop when we travel to Coffs Harbour for a holiday, is Cassegrain Winery at Port Macquarie. We usually have a quick taste and as our timing usually gets us there at lunch time, we take advantage of the opportunity to break our journey with a leisurely lunch.
The entry to the tasting room is through the barrel hall, rich with the smells of wine maturing.
After a quick taste it was time to have some lunch. Ca Marche overlooks the vines with ample indoor and al fresco dining areas. The menu features produce predominantly from local producers.
A bottle of sparkling Edition Noir Chambourcin was ordered, as we were in the mood for bubbles and you HAVE to start a holiday with bubbles.
We decided to start our lunch with some warm damper served with relish, extra virgin olive oil and artichoke dip. We also decided to share the charcuterie plate. Terrine, pate, smoked salmon, prosciutto, with artichokes, confit garlic, cornichons, sundried tomatoes and crusty bread. Very filling and we still had mains to go.
I chose a chicken breast stuffed and then wrapped in prosciutto, roesti, asparagus and confit cherry tomatoes.
Mr CA4G chose the seafood plate with Balmain bugs local calamari and scallops.
After all that, we decided to have dessert before hitting the road again. We thought we were choosingthe lightest item on the dessert menu by having the chef’s specialty French cinnamon doughnuts served with a warm amaretto chocolate ganache and orange scented mascarpone. We enjoyed them very much and they gave us a good sugar hit for the next leg of our trip. We forgot to take a photo because they looked so good we ate them straight away.
A tasting at Cassegrain and lunch atCa Marche, makes a great stop for anyone travelling north or south on the M1.
Stay tuned for our visit to Aanuka Resort at Coffs Harbour.