Archive for October, 2014

Sula and Grover, here we come…

We’re off to southern India again to drive an Ambassador (possibly someone’s taxi) around Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. It’s our third time so either we’re crazy or there’s something very special about these trips. A couple of photos might help you to decide. Sign up for next year at

0196-LB 6-10-09 Calicut to Cochin0477-LB 10-10-09 Kurumba to Ooty141-DB 29-10-10 Munnar to Coonoor0061-DB 4-10-09 Calicut

On the wine front, two bits of news. Firstly, Tiger Wines is bringing up the full range of Arras premium sparkling wines from the EJ Carr Late Disgorged to the Brut Elite NV 701. They don’t get much better than this in Australia. We’re also bringing up te Bay of Fires Sauvignon Blanc 2013, Pinot Gris 2014 and Riesling 2013. Have a look at for details.


The two month promotion on Stefano Lubiana wines is still running at Mezza9, until the end of October, and we recently supplied Tetsuya’s Waku Ghin restaurant with wines from 5 Tasmanian producers for a Tourism Australia event. The wines that went to Waku Ghin were the 2008 Apsley Gorge Chardonnay, 2006 Domaine A Cabernet, Freycinet Vineyards Botrytis, the 2013 Pressing Matters R9 Riesling and the 2010 Stefano Lubiana Estate Pinot Noir. A great selection.


Here’s some current deals:

2005 / Jasper Hill / Georgia’s Paddock / Heathcote / Shiraz / $85 a bottle or $79 in a six pack from Wine Exchange Asia – Rated 94 by James Halliday on release and sold for A$72 at that point. Still drinking through to 2020. Last auctioned at Langtons for A$55 so if you bought it at that price, it’d easily cost you S$85 to get it here. Save yourself the trouble and buy local. BBI♥♥♥♥

2012 / Shottesbrooke / McLaren Vale / Cabernet / $36 a bottle or $33 in a six pack at Wine Directions. 91 from Campbell Mattinson, sells for A$20 downunder, another solid buy. BBI♥♥♥♥

2014 / Pike’s / Traditionale / Clare Valley / Riesling / $36 a bottle or $33 in a six pack at Wine Directions – I’m a sucker for Riesling so I’d buy this except I’ve got a cellar full of Riesling and my wife doesn’t drink it. 94 from Gary Walsh who says, yes it will go for another 10 years but why wait? Retails at A$26 so price here is very good. BBI♥♥♥♥



“Parties, where only wine is served as a beverage, are still novelties at this stage in Australia, unlike Europe, England and now California. Remember that wine can be drunk at any time of the day or evening, still or sparkling. Iced Chablis or Moselle for instance, is a lovely refresher, say at noon. Wine is healthier and cheaper than spirits. The teenager (!) should be encouraged to understand about wines, it is especially suited to their forms of entertainment, and to their budgets.” – Wine Talk, Mrs Rada Penfold Russell, Penfolds Advertising Director approx 1978



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"A good bottle of wine contains more philosophy than all the books in the world" - Louis Pasteur

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