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Margaret River’s new toasty fireside experience

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Dianne Bortoletto, ARR.News
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Dianne Bortoletto is a freelance writer based in Western Australia. She wishes she could surf, pretends to keep fit, an ex-chocoholic, a people watcher, a traveller and shamelessly addicted to proper Italian coffee.

You’ve heard of toasting marshmallows over the fire, but have you tried nougat? Bettenay’s in Margaret River has launched a new winter experience, Toasty Tastings by the Fire that includes a guided tasting of four estate wines, a nougat-inspired liqueur and toasting French-style nougat over an open fire.

Toasted nougat at Bettenay’s Margaret River

After tasting Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sweet Dreams Red and Bettenay’s speciality Nougaretto liqueur, huddle around the custom-made fire pit and get ready for a new taste sensation.

Product Development Manager Danica Bettenay said toasting nougat is similar to toasting marshmallows in that both go golden brown and form a crust and go gooey inside, but that’s where the similarities stop. 

“Guests love the experience, it’s so wintery and warming, and toasting nougat is not something many people have done before” Danica said.

“As soon as guests arrive, they comment on how beautiful and tranquil it is here with the lake and the tall-timber eucalyptus trees and when they see our custom-made fire pit, it immediately draws them to it.”

Accompanying the toasted nougat is a hand-warming cup of hot chocolate infused with Nougaretto, and also available is a non-alcoholic hot chocolate. 

Toasty Tastings by the Fire experience is available at Bettenay’s Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 11am and 1.30pm and costs $25 per adult and $12 per child. 

Toasting nougat over the fire pit at Bettenay’s Margaret River

Located in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region, family-owned winery Bettenay’s was established in 1989 and has 25 acres under vines. The small batch producer has won over 40 medals for its wines in the last decade including Gold at the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge for 2008 Bettenay’s Shiraz, and the 2008 Bettenay’s Chardonnay was awarded Gold at the Margaret River Wine Show.

Bettenay’s began making French-style soft nougat in 2012 with locally sourced south west honey and offers 39 flavours that includes classics like French Vanilla Bean, Cranberry and Pistachio, and Honey and Toasted Almond, to more modern combinations such as Limoncello Crème, Coffee and Almond, Ginger and Almond, Rum and Raisin, Cookies and Cream, Choc Chilli, and Lamington.

For more information, visit www.bettenaysmargaretriver.com.au.

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