Monthly Archives: May 2013

Six One Night Stands… a row!

4.45pm, Sunday 26th May, Gate 22, Adelaide Airport, South Australia

Evening folks, and I apologise to regular readers – I haven’t been on strike, sick with the flu, or on holiday! I’ve just been off the blog air…..but now I’m back!

Now it’s pretty unusual to be able to predict a ‘one night stand’ at any time…….but I know for a fact that I’ve got six of them….in a row…this week! In about 40 minutes I’ll be hitching a ride with Qantas up to Queensland, and will have 6 one night ‘Rare & Fine wine event ‘ stands in the following order, starting tomorrow with Toowoomba – right up there at the top of The Great Dividing Range. So we’ve got Toowoomba, then Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, then Brisbane, then The Gold Coast (Surfers Paradise), then into Northern New South Wales with Grafton, finishing with Kingscliff on Saturday night. So get ready, because here we come with the new 2008 Octavius Old Vine Shiraz, the 2009 Signature Cabernet Shiraz, and the 2010 Virgilius – celebrating 15 years of the tippy top barrel selection Viognier from our house.

See you tomorrow night when we’re in Toowoomba at Fibber Magees, with all our mates from the Downs Club and the Spotted Cow as well, let alone the best breakfast in the mountains – at the Pink Peppercorn.


Going up the Great Divide

Love your Melbourne lane ways!

4.23pm, Monday 6th May, Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Afternoon folks, and we couldn’t ask for a better Melbourne Autumn sunshiney day to start our Yalumba Rare & Fine Tour around Australia – celebrating 15 Years of ‘Virgilius’ Viognier, and featuring the release of the new 2009 The Signature Cabernet Shiraz.

So this morning we had a breakfast meeting with the boys in charge over here in Victoria – Rohan and Rob – and walking back to the hotel down Little Bourke Street, I happened to look down the side street and saw this … octopus looking thing!


Now Little Bourke Street is the heart of Melbourne’s Chinatown, and seeing as the streets were already humming with delivery vans and people on their way to work, I wandered down what would normally be a fairly gritty alley way, to have a closer look.


And wow! How lucky was I – Paynes Place dog legs off Little Bourke Street into Croft Alley – home of The Croft Institute – apparently a ground floor cocktail bar set up like a high school chemistry lab! But that’s a whole different story for another time! Croft Alley is part of an initiative of the Chinatown Laneway Improvement Plan, started back in 2011. The idea is to have a planned program to improve 11 identified lane ways in the area, and Croft Alley has basically become an open air gallery of street art. Welcome to the ‘Love Your Laneway’ world.


Now it looks like the locals hold an annual ‘street artfest party’ each year, and Croft Alley gets a complete new set of ‘paintings’ – and this happened just recently across the weekend of the 23rd and 24th March. I don’t know anything at all about street art or graffiti, but apparently these artist folks amongst others were there – Makatron from the ‘Everfish Crew’ (that’s his octopus, with his tag in the middle), Itch from AWOL crew, Jaw from DMV, Choq and Shida.

So, see what you think. Here’s the Croft Alley bricks and steel canvas – just goes to show you that you never know what’s literally around the corner!