11.41am, Saturday August 7th, Yalumba, Barossa Valley, South Australia
I’ve been back at work for a week folks, but have resisted Tony’s (he’s the editor of this blog remember – puts the pictures in the right place, fixes the spelling and grammar, and does the titles!) nagging about getting back into the saddle with the blog. But here we go!
It’s been seriously cold in the Barossa the last few nights – I’ve been forced into buying the old school hot water bottle! – and most days we haven’t topped 10 degees C. This has been good training for my 10 day job in New Zealand, which starts tomorrow. I fly out to the South Island and start in Dunedin – Little Edinburgh – from Monday. After the dismal showing by the Wallabies last week in Melbourne against the All Blacks, I just hope they get within 7 points tonight in Christchurch – otherwise I will be getting a lot of flak for 10 days in the Land of the Long White Cloud as everybody’s closest Australian! It wouldn’t be so bad, but the barometer of all things in NZ works off how the All Blacks are travelling, and they love nothing more than when they get up over the Wallabies … again! Fear not though, I still hold to my opinion that the Wallabies are on their way and will be in the thick of things come World Cup time. Those young blokes just need to find their feet.
Before I get to leave town though, I have to head to Adelaide this afternoon, as Andy Broad – our head cooper here at the winery – and I are involved in the Gala Dinner for 250 people this evening for the Australian and New Zealand Cardiac Society Congress. I’m doing a bit of a wine chat and mystery wine game, and Broady is putting a barrel together under a spotlight – his first time live on stage away from Yalumba. Guess who is more nervous!
And before that, I have an important milestone from yesterday! Our front desk receptionist – Jo Keogh – celebrated 21 years at Yalumba yesterday. Jo is not only the welcoming voice to the winery, but an excellent cook – and generally wins the best scones at the Tanunda Show each year. Yesterday I made sure she had her favourite treat from Sunrise Bakery – the vanilla square – and after work, a stack of winery folks had some congratulations drinks up in the Scribbler Cafe with a batch of Jo’s homemade sausage rolls. Well done Jo, and thanks for the scones, sausage rolls, Valentine biscuits, etc through the year. We’ll be looking forward to the big presentation at the Christmas Party this year.
See ya tomorrow when it’s off and out of the country.