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Walk off lunch with beach stroll
In the past four years I have been part of an estage system that
brings two young Chinese hospitality professionals from Shanghai
to stay in Adelaide for a month each year.
They stay with me and we visit most of the South Australian
wineries on their restaurant’s wine list. They meet the families
and faces behind the labels, and they work in Adelaide restaurants
learning more about wine service and western food.
“Mummy taxi” gets a very good run-around and the legendary
generosity of the wine industry is rewarded with keeping its wines
on two of Shanghai’s finest wine lists.
Our second estage, Liang Tang from T8 Shanghai, was one of
just three out of 30 contenders to recently pass level one of the
internationally accredited sommelier’s course conducted for the
first time in Shanghai this year.
The ongoing relationships with South Australia are enormously
rewarding, but nothing of their visits gives me more pleasure than
showing these lovely kids the ocean for the first time. Their joy is
my reward because I cannot imagine not having an ocean close by,
or never having seen or touched one.
We have been to Aquacaf for its closeness to the water and gorgeous
food, and D’Arry’s Verandah for excellent food and...
In her election night not-quite-concession speech,
Isobel Redmond was at pains to thank her loyal
staff. The Opposition Leader likened herself to a
swan, apparently gliding across the water while
beneath the surface a flurry of frenetic activity is
dedicated to preserving the graceful illusion.
It was an apt metaphor, albeit flawed by the
assumption that she had already shucked the “ugly
duckling” phase of the swan’s growing pains. Let us
not forget Redmond is still a fledgling leader, and one who has been blessed
with a dream honeymoon period in what should be the most thankless job
in state politics.
Perhaps she should have saved some of her gratitude for the...
Libs fail to make hay
Earlier in the week,
members of all sectors of
the advertising industry,
both here and interstate,
were faced with the sad
and shocking news that
KOJO Group founding
partner John Chataway
had passed away.
It was just six weeks ago
John was diagnosed
with an acute form of
leukaemia. Ever the joker
and optimist, John he
made light of his situation with an email
to friends and colleagues the day after the
diagnosis was confirmed, claiming his
time in hospital would finally give him a
chance to clear his email inbox of the 3500
emails sitting there.
It was characteristic of
a man chief executive
Loewn Steel describes as
In addition to his role
at KOJO, John was an
cinematographer in is
own right, as well as a
board member of the
Australian Dance Theatre,
South Australian Film
Corporation and the Adelaide Fringe.
“He was just an amazing man,” Steel said.
“There’s something about that man that is
uniquely special. He has... Read more
Cab Mac blast from the past
Barons of Barossa
Winemaker of the
Year 2010, slunk a
slinky blast from
the past onto the
the winter. He’s
The ingenious Hickie
had been infuriated
macho Aussie dollar
bought many Francs
in those days, and
to quote John Cale,
“the Beaujolais was
Wayne Dutschke has
followed in the footsteps of
Stephen Hickinbotham and
released a Cab Mac this year.
Cobaw Ridge Macedon Ranges
Lenton Brae Margaret River
Southside Chardonnay 2009
$40; 13% alcohol; Diam
cork; 92+++ points
The Tyrolean Lagrein
velvet reds that offer
and depth at lower
$25; 13% alcohol; screw
cap; 90++ points
makes some of the most
wines of Margaret
River. They are also
foremost amongst that
grand... Read more
Bombora’s fish and chips are better
than those found in most “posh pubs”.
Sad goodbye to John Chataway
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