09 September 2011
ZAR BROOKS CLEARS WIRRA CELLAR 1992 (?)
CYCLONE CLAYTON PLAYS WIRRA WIRRA, MIDNIGHT, 1992(?) photo ZAR BROOKS(?)
WHEN Greg Trott bravely employed Zar Brooks as his Wirra Wirra sales and marketing punk in the early ’nineties, the ravenous Brook decided it was time to clear the winery of enormous amounts of bottled wine that Trott had ferreted away and forgotten. They put it all in bins in the cellar hall, just like Woollies or Coles, got licensed for a 24 hour wine sale, advertised minimally, got the grapevine hummin’, and hired Cyclone Clayton, the cyclone you had when you weren’t having a cyclone, to get the buyers buzzin’ at the half way mark. We started about midnight and played for a couple of hours. There were a lot of people, given the time of day in that neck of the woods. Very thirsty people. Lotsa dancing. All the fires blazin’. It was very snug in there on that cold night. We played blues and some Duke. We were Vello Nou, keyboards; Russell Toolin, bass and vocals; Craig “Crabs” Tidswell, sax and vocals; Duncan Archibald, drums; Jimmy Barker, lead guitar, and the author, guitar and vocals. If you have any refining memories of this hazy blur, use the comments box below, or send them to DRINKSTER at firstname.lastname@example.org ... discretion almost guaranteed. As I write this, Zar and Elena are heading to Spain for vintage: Elena's Spanish wines ROCK. Check out their Australian wines at Dandelion Vineyards , and the Spanish injection at Cien y Pico. To see a Youtube review of their Dandelion Shiraz Riesling, click here. Rock'n'roll!