"Most Australians when they hear the word 'wine' think of sweet sherry. Most people still have a bit of a shudder to themselves, too. We have come a long way in a decade from the mid-1950s when the wine boom got going, but there is still, in spite of our progress, a hell of a long way to go."
Because the Bilsons were, well, busy, Kay had arranged for us to stay in her buddy Barbra's flat beside David Marr's joint in Surry Hills. I found my first witch-hazel in the bathroom. When I asked who and where Barbra was, Kay told me I'd get on well with her boyfriend, Frank, who had "something to do with wine" and that they'd gone "up the Hunter."
For the wedding gift, I presented a hand-made ten foot R. M.Williams' bull whip and a bottle of Goanna Oil.
The last I heard from him was a message saying that unsigned copies of The Grape And I were worth more than ones he'd autographed and that he wasn't too well. It was still a sudden shock to hear from his winemaking son Andrew that he'd died of long life in a hospital in the Hunter.
Frank Margan (November 26, 1931 - March 5, 2016) is survived by partner Barbra; wives Lois, Jenny and Simone; children Anthony, Sally, Andrew and Mimi; eight grandchildren; sisters Shirley and Adrienne and brothers Victor and David.