“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)





14 January 2015


Yesterday the DRINKSTER visited the astonishing new 2500 tonne capacity Petaluma winery on a ridge out east of Woodside in the South Mount Lofty Ranges. With photographer Milton Wordley we raided Hahndorf butcher Max Noske and took the world's best kassler to Petal for lunch. The removalists were just happening to move in the boardroom table, which we duly commissioned. That's the author, below, with the unassuming but brilliant winemaking Petaluma boss, Andrew 'Ox' Hardy ... photo Milton Wordley ...  Watch this space for a comprehensive appraisal of the current Petaluma range.


Adam Easterbrook said...

I got a bit of a masterclass in Australian fortifieds from Andrew at the Royal Adelaide wine show tasting. He's a great bloke, a lot of fun and very down to earth. I'll always remember that 30 minutes.

Rollin Soles said...

Andrew is certainly the Winemaker and Kind Spirit I aspire to be. Unknown fact: Hardy can handle Brown Snakes in the vineyard as handily as he does his fantastic Rieslings. Salmon coloured Polo Shirts are coming back into fashion soon!

Philip White said...

Are you in Oz Rollin?