“Sod the wine, I want to suck on the writing. This man White is an instinctive writer, bloody rare to find one who actually pulls it off, as in still gets a meaning across with concision. Sharp arbitrage of speed and risk, closest thing I can think of to Cicero’s ‘motus continuum animi.’

Probably takes a drink or two to connect like that: he literally paints his senses on the page.”

DBC Pierre (Vernon God Little, Ludmila’s Broken English, Lights Out In Wonderland ... Winner: Booker prize; Whitbread prize; Bollinger Wodehouse Everyman prize; James Joyce Award from the Literary & Historical Society of University College Dublin)





12 April 2012


During some unmentioned scrape of transport budgets during a change of partners, the Krug family long ago lost their delivery van.  They have it back, now, and have fully restored it, as you can see.  My sweet and crazy friend Francois Henri (dec.), when chairman of Krug and the Heidsieck Champagne group, wanted to put this car on the track in the early  Adelaide Formula I Grand Prix races. He had a mad dream about tying it down with Konis, getting some breathing happening in the big ol pushrod V8, kitting up in a proper chauffeur's uniform and running it in a classic race. Mumm wouldn't have it near the track.  Damn!  C'mon, feel the keys. 

The South Australian government, meanwhile, shows no chance yet of explaining why the housing development it plans on the Seaford Heights site, right in the middle of the entry to McLaren Vale, could not be developed like a series of four or five copies of  Krug's  Clos du Mesnil.  DRINKSTER has always believed, that given the irreplaceable nature of the ancient geology of this site - the only bit left on Earth - and the unchallenged excellence of the rare wines grown on neighbouring sites, the development should proceed with deep respect to the Clos.  Think of a walled village, with the houses outside the wall, and the precious garden within.  Government and Council want an extravagent zone of native vegetation "buffering" outside the intensive housing, so we can't see where the people live.  Which of course we will, if we step back ten paces.  DRINKSTER believes we could have the intensive two or three storey housing where those buffer zones are going, with their backs to the roadsides and hot sunset, and have beautiful vineyards and community gardens safe within.  If the housing is gonna be fit for humans, it should at least be of a standard that shouldn't need to be hidden from the eyes of travailers.  If we can't be proud to look at our housing, we are a decrepit community.


MoPa said...

Cool! Looks like the glasshouse is off an AP-5 Val, though Whitey.

Anonymous said...

yeah when I own Krug I'll shout em a fully bitched Maybach Fuck Truck same shades perfect pinwork no chrome dull glass

Anonymous said...

It looks like a big Austin.

steve said...

Nice ride and one Postman Pat would be proud of!

Tasmania said...

Hear hear on the Vale. Walled garden sounds great, as does well-designed housing. What's not to like?