Our final day in adelaide we slept in a bit. The weather is dreary - cool and rainy. I am not feeling all that well. I have some sort of mild upper respitory infection that is causing a sore throat. I am pumping fluids and I bought a bunch of oranges from a fruit vendor to boost my immune system.
We finally found motivation around 11 after booking our Whitsunday Islands travel and set off for the National Wine Center. Lonely Planet mentions the center is controversial in design and location (built on parklands). The architecture could easily be called many things - eye sore or monstrosity come to mind, although some might find it "unique". I thought the entrance evoked a wine cask, Ryan thought it had more of a slave trading ship hull feel. The design is moden, mixing wood and galvanized steel with varying degrees of effectiveness. The building features huge ramps, which make it very accessible, but also serve to force every visitor to take in a good long view of the building. For example, entering the second level exhibit entrance requires traversing the 100 meter length of the lobby twice in a slow ramp ascent. Perhaps the use of ramps minimizes falling for those who indulge too much at the tasting bar.
The exhibits were well done. Informative, expensive and in the great modern tradition, corporately sponsored. Unfortunately, being winter, none of the member vineyards were in attendance and the wine tasting bar was closed. The liquor store in the lobby was, of course, all too happy to sell you wine by the glass, bottle, or case. A sign cheerfully informed us that international shipping was easily arranged by the case. The price of entry for the US? A mere $247. We took a brief stroll outside where they had a miniature vineyard. That was nice, but would have been nicer still if there had been leaves and/or grapes present.