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Welcome to this weeks Irregular Update which features Chapter Two of the Victorian 2008 Tour Diary; more on that later. There is loads of vinous reading homework this week. In fact there is enough for two weeks, and that's just as well as you will have to wait that long for the next Update.
For those who were not aware of it, there was an industrial accident at Wirra Wirra in McLaren Vale. A tower collapsed and luckily, only one of the seven workers on it were injured. The pictures tell the story and can be found here. What a wast of wine!
A Funny has also been added. Why Beer is Bad For You
We all get loads of spam and unfortunately that's a fact of life in the electronic age. Most of it comes from (shonky) businesses and is designed to part consumers from their hard earned money. Very little of it is from wine business to wine business, but when it is, they generally respect the unsubscribe function. However, there is one major exception that looks like a very, very, shonky operator and should be avoided like a visit to the proctologist, or McDonalds; whichever you find more repugnant. The Snippet, Fleas, Spam and Other Serial Pests can be found here.
I am on the bludge looking for a bit of technical help with a couple of minor website problems that need to be fixed, and instillation of software upgrades that will make life easier. If you are a website tech-head wizard and would be prepared to help, it would be very much appreciated.
There was some interesting feedback on Chapter One of the Tour Diary. My mate Murray in New Zealand took a walk down memory lane with his response. Its "almost history". You are welcome to add your two cents worth on any facet of any of the Chapters. All feedback and comments are welcome.
As I alluded to last week, Chapter Two was going to be big. And it is. Very! If you print it out, and I suggest you do, its forty-one A4 pages. A few glasses of good red will be a mandatory requirement when reading it. It covers our time in the Pyrenees. A quick visit to Sally's Paddock was followed by a fascinating tour of Dalwhinnie. David Jones kept us busy for hours. It resulted in a story with a very different perspective, and one that I hope you will find fascinating. Taltarni has undergone a complete turnaround and was a pleasant surprise. I could actually drink their wine now. Multiple vintages of both Summerfield and Polleters wines were tasted, enabling me to get a real handle on where both these wineries are headed. The dinner and tasting at Warrenmang was stunningly good. This Chapter has tasting notes on more unreleased wines than any other, so you can read all about them here first. We also visited a number of other small wineries and the details have been included too. So fill up your printer with wine and your glass with paper ..... (or visa versa) and happy reading. (The web version has been broken into two parts for faster loading, and in Part One, there is an option to print out the whole document.)
The News section has been a quiet over the past week. Stories of possible interest are:
Those stories can be found here.
This weeks quote. "He who loves not wine, women and song remains a fool his
whole life long." - Martin Luther
Until next time .... Cheers!