"How about a weekend at Rutherglen doing a ‘‘famil’’ (what’s known in the trade as a ‘‘familiarity visit’’)?’’ asked the feature editor. There was only one answer.

Rutherglen had been on my list of things to do for some time. If someone says ‘‘wine tourism’’, I usually volunteer straight away, be it under my own steam or at someone else’s expense. So the good winemakers of Rutherglen were shouting The Canberra Times a weekend at their place, so long as they could bend my ear about Tastes of Rutherglen, on again this year over this and next weekend."