“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)





05 June 2015


I can't stand all the bullshit about winery porndogs but this neat little foxy got me. Why would a hound of such reliable digging wrists look so coy, so pensive? Fine as a razor line of fox terrier will do for you. I worked for an hour to get Smudge to sit. At the end of the line bondage got him, if only for five seconds. Click him for bigness and finer res. 

Smudge is officially a smooth fox terrier and a baby at that. He's a pure bred killer. And smooth and as crisp of purpose is the new public house of his humans, Emmanuelle and Toby Bekkers. Whose brilliant new tasting rooms I photographed below. Perfect crisp modern sandstone minimalism with galvo. Killer.

These Bekkers have chosen their site and design after a great deal of thinking and planning. Theirs is the only tasting room I can recall with such a northerly view: this is an unusual look at the Vales. And they're in the middle of their own vineyard.

The new Bekkers tasting room offers three dreamy McLaren Vale wines from vineyards selected by obsessive grapesmith Toby and made by the vinosensualist, Emmanuelle: Grenache, a Syrah Grenache and a stunning Syrah. Emmanuelle's Frenchness dictates their use of the French word for Shiraz, as much as her acute winemaking determines the finesse of these wines. Tasting notes coming soon.

Below stands Emmanuelle and Toby Bekkers with Leon Bignell, Minister of Agriculture, Tourism and Sport in the new tasting room, which will work on appointments only. 

And then a lady sneaking a snap of that foxy, who posed like a master for her phone toast ... jealous ... all haphazard snaps Philip White ... click images to enlarge


Anonymous said...

toby's looking like packo

Leon Bignell said...

Great pix Whitey. Lovely words as always. So good to see you.

Toby Bekkers said...

Little bugger won't sit for me either. TB