“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)





07 October 2015


Paul (top) and Angela (bottom) Petagna gave a long slow lunch yesterday at their rebadged Sellicks Hill winery just down the slope from The Victory Hotel , where the southern extreme of McLaren Vale slides down Cactus Canyon into the Gulf St Vincent, patron of viticulturers, schoolgirls and lost things. 

Nigel Rich of The Elbow Room brought his barbecue trailer and cooked a huge piece of aged beef from Ian and Emma Shaw's Ellis's, the brilliant local butcher.

Part of the excuse for this revelry was DBC Pierre's piece in the current edition of British Airways High Life magazine. Dirty But Clean quite correctly called this mob a Rat Pack.

Another excuse was the wetting of a new baby's head: the release of the Sellick's Hill 2013 Greco, a crunchy bone-dry white designed to sink chilled ... or perfect with big ice, soda, and a bruised leaf of basil or mint ... all photos by Philip White

Here's the elusive Pike of Marius Wines. Pike features in DBC's epic paean to the end of everything and how to start afresh, Lights Out In Wonderland  ... now watch this.

Apologies for not taking any photographs of the actual repast ... I put the camera away when the beef hit the deck ... the Manspace TV crew filmed that bit

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