“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)





01 May 2013


The restaurants of Chinatown took a bashing last night as thousands of  TOOL fanatics took their frustrations out on the duck population ... the mighty voice of Maynard James Keenan had conked out via a nasty throat infection and the concert in the Adelaide Entertainment Center was postponed.  So Maynard's spent today in sullen silence in his hotel room, without a single glass of wine, poor bugger. Good news in his texting, however, says he'll be on form tonight, and might even be well enough to nudge a snifter of Grange when the 2008 is released tomorrow.  We drank his best Caduceus reds at dinner in the mega-cool Bistro Dom earlier this week, and they held their own against a table of very smart drinks indeed.  Like majestic with finesse and amazing perfumes: Le Cortigiani Oneste Barbera Merlot 2010 and Sancha Tempranillo Garnacha 2010 were drop-dead gorgeous. That's the man with car-racing wife Jen, above, and Grange boss Peter Gago.  The photograph is one of the many Milton Wordley has taken for our forthcoming book, A Year In The Life Of Grange.  And that's the winemaking Maynard below, proud of his new big oaks at his Caduceus Cellars on Mount Mingus in Jerome, Arizona.  Rock'n'roll!  

Looking sensibly disbelieving, former Penfolds Magill winemaker, Jason Barrett, with Dr Ray Beckwith's famous pH meter, Maynard and the author playing Rasputin or Svengali or somebody in the cellars at the Grange winery, Magill ... photo Milton Wordley


toolbrain said...

Whitey is it true you were responsible for damaging the Keenan screaming box by tipping wrong things in there?

Anonymous said...

too much natural wine eh whiteman