Big blue Barossa sky here – snowcaps in Queenstown there

2.53pm, Thursday 28th July, Yalumba Clocktower, Angaston, Eden Valley, South Australia
It’s a lovely, clear-but-still-a-bit-crisp afternoon out there in the Barossa folks, and the pruning teams are loving it – working in their shirtsleeves for the first time in weeks. The Barossa looks so jolly neat and tidy this time of the year as the freshly pruned canes are wrapped down on to the wires, row after row after row of them.

And meanwhile, our travelling winemaker Andy La Nauze is currently over there in New Zealand on the Yalumba bandwagon. Last night he did a top job at First Glass Wine & Spirits in Auckland; today he’s off to the snowcapped jewel in the South Island – Queenstown. He’s working with our bloke who babysits the southern half of the South Island, AJ Humphreys, and they will be a formidable double act this evening at the Queenstown Resort College – presenting a solid lineup of 10 wines.

And me? I’ve just finished the wine list details for our first event in Sydney next week. That would be the Yalumba dinner at Sea Level, the family-owned and -run seafood restaurant right on The Esplanade at Cronulla – one of Sydney’s southern beachside suburbs. It’s going to be a gangbuster week next week in Sydney folks, and I shall make sure I get lots of photos for the blog – especially if the weather cooperates.

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