1.10pm, Thursday 7th July, Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston, The Barossa, South Australia
The sun is trying really hard to push in between a couple of big black rain clouds hovering out there over the Barossa, and at least the wind is not whistling straight in from the South Pole as it has been the last couple of days!
It’s always good to be home at the winery for a few days to catch up on the local goings on, to get set up for the next job away, and to spend some time on the bench down at the tasting cellar. I’ll often get called down if someone from one of our jobs away comes through to visit, and that’s what happened yesterday afternoon. Whilst I was looking after a chap who runs the Dan Murphy’s store at Doncaster in Melbourne, there were a couple of lovely older ladies – also from Melbourne – who I more or less ‘joined in’ our tasting group. As karma would have it, they ended up being members of the St Kilda Football Club – as am I! – and had driven over early for this weekend’s game down in Adelaide against Port Power. The gals had been there at the 1966 Grand Final – the last one that St Kilda won … and the only one! That deserves a reward, and so I sent them with a bottle of the Moscato Split Pick sparkling – just in case we win on Sunday. Both teams are doing such a miserable job at the moment – anyone could get up.
There’s actually not a lot going on right now in the Barossa apart from pruning. Mind you, sticking with the footy, Sam Newman will be the guest speaker at the Nuriootpa Tigers’ FC Dinner this Friday night, and he should pull a pretty solid crowd – given the staunch support for the Adelaide Crows up this way and the way most of the blokes all watch the Footy Show religiously.
And of course, I can’t let today go by without recognising the magnificent effort last night from the Maroons as they nailed the Blues in last night’s State of Origin rugby league decider. As an adopted daughter of Queensland – FNQ specifically – I was sat on top of the heater and the telly in the lounge last night, clapping and yelling away on my own as the boys did magic things to confirm once and for all that they are the much better side. In the immortal word of Billy Moore, “Queeeeeeenslander!”
And you know what? There’s every chance that just as the celebration of the State of Origin win dies down, there could be a kick on if the Queensland Reds get over the Christchurch Crusaders this Saturday night again at Suncorp Stadium with the Super Rugby final. This could very well be a bit of a World Cup preview – with the number of Wallaby and All Black options in the teams. I’ll be down at the pub watching, that’s for sure.
What’s coming up travel wise for the forseeable future?
We have the Oxford Landing Boatshed going to the Good Food & Wine Show in Perth next weekend, July 15th & 16th.
We take the Yalumba Rare & Fine wines to New Zealand:
- 25th July in Napier at Advintage
- 26th July in Christchurch at Vino Fino
- 27th July in Auckland at First Glass Wine & Spirits (Takapuna)
- 28th July in Queenstown at the Queenstown Resort College
- 29th July in Taupo at Oreti
- 30th July in Wellington at Regional Wines & Spirits
Thene take the Rare & Fine wines to New South Wales & the ACT:
- 1st August in Sydney at Luna Park
- 2nd August in Sydney at Smiths on Bayswater (Butcher 7 Wine Merchant)
- 3rd August in Wollongong
- 4th August in Sydney at La Grande Bouffe (Rozelle)
- 5th August in Sydney at Sugaroom
- 8th August in Newcastle at The Beach Hotel (Merewether)
- 9th August in Eleebana NSW at ‘Quackers of Duck Crossing‘ (I did not make this up.)
- 11th August in Canberra at Tosolini’s and The Canberra Wine & Food Club
- 12th August in Wagga Wagga at The Riverine Club
See ya out there somewhere!
PS this came through via the iphone this morning – Angela pouring the 2006 Signature cabernet Shiraz by the glass at Watermark, on The Strand, looking at Magnetic Island across the bay, Townsville, FNQ