7.39am, Tuesday 14th June 2016, Lake Street, Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia
Morning again folks, and back to our current tour. Last night we hosted local Cairns and Palm Cove trade folks at the Waterbar steakhouse – that’s the one with the great view of the Great Barrier Reef fleet, moored at the opening to Cairns harbour. Tonight we have a sell out consumer dinner at the Red Beret Hotel, so we’re thrilled to bits with that.
Yesterday I finished the blog with our Canberra Wine & Food Club event – such a good club that I applied to join……and am a bona fide paid up for the next two years ‘country member’. Tremendous folks and they had just hosted Charlie Melton – our neighbour from Krondorf Road on the Barossa Valley floor – the week before our Yalumba event. It’s very nice to be part of the hot circuit! After Canberra, we whipped up north to Newcastle, and for the first time did a Members dinner at the Newcastle Club….elegantly propped on the high side of town overlooking the whole harbour and across to Stockton ‘island’.
Trust me – besides having a top chef, and a simply special sommelier and wait staff that made the evening outstanding in itself – the club is like a living museum of the most extraordinary exhibits. Prize trout from New Zealand expeditions……some armaments from the battle of Culloden – yes you read that correctly – and to top it all off……..they have closed off one of the breeze ways upstairs and made a long bar overlooking the city that could hold its own anywhere in the world. Thanks enormously to the Newcastle Club for having us, and to Richard for making it all happen, to Mick, Craig, Stephen,Roly – all the hard core Yalumba fans up there who took tables – you know who you are and we love you all! And…..we’ll see you the same time next year!
From Newcastle it was back down to Sydney, get the glad rags dry cleaned, and off to the Royal Sydney Golf Club for a Friday night consumer dinner. I’m taking it as a huge compliment to our wines that folks turned out in force, seeing as both the local football teams – Sydney Swans in the AFL, and the Waratahs in the rugby union – were playing at home the same evening! That’s when you really know you’re doing something right in the glass!
And just when I thought the night was coming to a close, the request came from the floor for a Question & Answer session. OK I thought, maybe one or two…….there were 30 questions written out and deposited on the lectern! That went quite late and would have still been going if we hadn’t started running out of wine! And I was all out of stories…..no not really, but battling a nasty throat infection I was looked after with hot lemon and honey tea by fab head waiter Tony…..so I sent him home with the body sized floral bouquet the RSGC presented to me……it’s always nice to work with nice folks. And I think that has now become an annual Yalumba at the Royal Sydney Golf Club event – I’d better collect a few more stories before June next year. Thanks a huge amount to everyone on that front – Dearne and Garth you know who you are!
Have to run – see you when I’ve got some chores done!