3.28pm, Wednesday 27th July, Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston, Eden Valley, South Australia
OK folks – today we start on a bit of a medical tangent! What is roxithromycin? It is a ‘semi synthetic macrolide antibiotic’ that stops bacteria from doing nasty things to your body – specifically it treats respiratory tract infections. And I’ve been pumped full of those antibiotics for the past five days – flat on my back, felled by the vicious flu-like infection that is whizzing around the Barossa at present. So sorry for dropping off the air, and Air NZ Flight 792 went to Auckland without me last Friday for our Yalumba week in New Zealand.
We were in luck though, as young gun winemaker Andy La Nauze was home at the winery, and he has stepped in to the freezing conditions over there in the Land of the Long White Snow Cloud. Today he’s working in Auckland and has been at our office for lunch with the troops. Ali our engineroom over there organised a selection of cupcakes for dessert, knowing that the quest is always on to find the best fluffy sponge and buttercream creation in the world – and was good enough to send this photo of them through to me … so I didn’t completely miss out. I do like the look of the lemon meringue whip thing cupcake in the foreground!
Tonight will see Andy at First Glass Wine & Spirits at Takapuna for the annual Yalumba wine lovefest catchup with the seriously staunch customers of that store – and their NZ Wine Options Team lynchpin / store owner Kingsley “I know you like me, Ferrari” Wood! It is always a huge night over on the Auckland northside, and this year will be no different. There are 12 wines on for tasting – degustation style – and I have no doubt that they will have a blast with Andy. So I will keep up to date with how they’re travelling over there, and meanwhile at home I’ll be getting set to go to Sydney next Monday for two weeks of events through the city, the suburbs, out to Wollongong, Newcastle, Lake Maquarie – finishing in Canberra and Wagga Wagga.
Good luck with it all, Andy, and don’t get roped in to too many bets on the World Cup outcome! My early tip? Australia v England in the final. Call me nuts but I like those two backlines!