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 with enthusiasm for all wine, should never be underestimated: he is one smart bugger.
Though Treasury Wine Estates is his paymaster and Penfolds comes first, the whole Australian wine industry benefits in having Gago out there as an ambassador. He speaks eloquently on the whole industry in many parts of the world, and is one hell of a bonus for all involved in the business of wine. Australian wine is lucky to have such a man. We need more like him.
An article in The Conversation on 13 June on the rise of our planet’s carbon dioxide level is worth reading and the short video worth watching. As can be seen in the charts below, temperature and carbon dioxide have moved up and down in relative harmony over a long period, until very recently, when carbon dioxide started racing away.
There are huge problems looming for this planet in the next 100 years and we have billions of un-educated people who don’t care because they don’t know any better. This is an understandable excuse. But we also have millions who do understand the situation and choose not to notice for short-term profit. I believe the science.
Time for a trip down TK memory lane.
The Langton’s auction finishes this evening. It may seem self-serving, even conceited, for which I apologise, but I admit to having looked at the auction most days. It’s fascinating how the operation works. I have bought wine at auction in London and Sydney but only in the old way, in a room full of other bidders, never online. In fact, I’ve never bought anything on ebay either. One of the wines on offer from Langton’s is a Château Montrose, a Second Growth wine from Saint-Estèphe in Bordeaux.
In 1966 I was 13 years old, with two years to go before I left school, and already a smart-arse. About 1000 kilometres from where I was living, the weather in Bordeaux was panning out to produce a “stylish, elegant, well balanced vintage”, according to Michael Broadbent MW. A Montrose was in the making.
Wine and I came together in an unsophisticated way when I was about 14 or 15. It served me well in a social sense until I was 19 or 20, when my life needed to change from a less honest to more honest way of income and I decided to enter the UK wine trade.
I wasn’t that impressed with it at first. Never had I previously worked or associated with such a bunch of tosspots, but I persevered, as I was beginning to enjoy the subject. Then one day, sometime in, let’s say, 1974-75, I tasted and shared a bottle of Château Montrose 1966. The rest is history.
What bottle started your wine journey?
Drink with heart and soul this coming week.