Thank you and farewell

Thank you and farewell

To begin at the end It’s Tuesday morning, the 1st of August. For me, it’s been a very long 24 hours, during which the realisation that life is ending has made itself known loud and clear. Not in a couple of years, or few months, as I thought 10 days ago, but soon. I cannot […]

Congratulations weather memory lane

Congratulations weather memory lane

Congratulations and deserved Congratulations to Pete Gago for his Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday 2017 Honours. It’s well deserved. Gago’s talent as a winemaker has been recognised with many honours; the fact he is the Grange maker is recognition and should be considered an honour in itself. His wide and deep knowledge, along […]

The real workers in wine retail

The real workers in wine retail

Unfortunately, there won’t be a TKR next week as it’s final assessment time for the lung transplant and I have to spend Tuesday to Friday in hospital. I’m also not sure about the week after, as the buggers have unexpectedly booked me in for another procedure, which could put me out of action for three […]

Yalumba new ‘$350’ Carly Red under fire

Yalumba new ‘$350’ Carly Red under fire

An email from Dr John Possingham AM (Possums Vineyard, McLaren Vale): “I was saddened to see Yalumba, a hitherto conservative wine company, joining Penfolds, by ‘creating’ a multi-regional wine with the release of their Caley red containing little dollops of wine from two quite distinct SA wine regions and two different grape varieties. What has […]

Science, Woolworth, Cash-Flow Riesling

Science, Woolworth, Cash-Flow Riesling

Science has entered the terroir debate in a big way. According to scientists’ logic, terroir can be interfered with all for the better. Read the full report in the Australian wine news section. Its a must read article. Riesling is lauded by some notable wine commentators as the greatest white grape variety. I wouldn’t argue […]

Trump, Trans-Pacific Partnership

Trump, Trans-Pacific Partnership

President Trump is no longer “elect”. He’s the real McCoy, the big chief, the man in charge for at least the next four years, barring death (natural or by assassination) or impeachment.  One of his first moves was to repeal the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Australia still plans to ratify the TPP with the remaining partners, […]

Hypocritical level playing field & tax

Hypocritical level playing field & tax

Tax and sin The UK Taxpayers’ Alliance (TPA) recently put forward the suggestion that “sin taxes” have cost the UK Treasury £31 billion ($52 billion) in the past five years through black market trade and lost income tax. As with various health lobbies around the world, the figures support the argument that the alliance wants […]