“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)





25 September 2012


Vale Cru, the determined alliance of some of McLaren Vale's best and smallest premium wine producers, has a record of staging the most enjoyable and informative wine tastings.  This year's event at The Victory Hotel is a JV between the winemakers and Alison Paxton's new and booming cheese dairy  called Kangarilla Creamery, Adelaide Central Market specialists Smelly Cheese, and Bracegirdle chocolatiers.

“The coming together of a group of wine producers, each one small, each one doing the hard yards in the pursuit of quality is a great development for McLaren Vale,” says the group's spiritual patron, Drew Noon. 

“Their motivation is not primarily money but for the satisfaction of seeing people enjoy their wines. We at Noon Winery support the small producers for the diversity, innovation and uniqueness that they bring to the wine scene.”

Tickets are $40 at the Vale Cru website www.valecru.com.au

photo James Hook, Lazy Ballerina