Grape Expectations - Sour grapes with your memoirs, Sir?

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Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006
Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Pipers Brook Single Site 2004 Chardonnay 'The Summit'
Waurn Ponds Shiraz 2005

It’s going to upset a few people, put a few noses out of joint, ruffle a few feathers and stir a few pots, a number of which will call the kettle black, but I should have been leader. This stuff has to be told and my memoirs are full of it.

Ron and I made an agreement that I would take over at some point. Ian McWhatsisname kept the details in his wallet, written on the back of the RSL coaster. It’s a pretty big wallet so no-one noticed.

But Ron was arrogant, just held on, thinking he was more popular than Menzies - you know, Nobby Menzies, captain of the footy club throughout the fifties.

Then we decided to change over after the International CWA meeting, Ron’s swan song, except Trev Rubb revealed he not only understood the language of lamingtons, he could bake ‘em, so Ron held his horses while I put the wheels back on the wagon and Rubb stole the show.

I can bake lamingtons too.

And that Malcolm Silverspoonful. Deliberately leaked that he would ratify the Kyogle Protocol to reduce rubbish taken to the tip. I wanted to do that too you know.

Then the whole time, not once did Ron invite me and the little woman (whose name escapes everyone) around, not even for a barbie let alone an official reception.

Well, Spoonful can have the leadership. I served my time as treasurer of the Our Shire Moving Forward committee and am stepping down from the mayoral race to promote my memoirs which pretty much puts in black and white everything that everyone always knew anyway.

It’s not sour grapes, it’s just not fair. Please buy my book.

And speaking of sour grapes, neither are these but they might go well with political memoirs. On the other hand maybe not, so just leave the memoirs out.

Yarrawood Sauvignon Blanc 2008, $16.50.
Great dinner prep wine. Not too tart for tomato, not too passiony for prosciutto, but bright enough to liven a choko. Just kidding, nothing livens a choko, but it’s pretty good with everything else. 8.4/10.

Henry Holmes Girls Block Barossa Riesling, 2008, $18
How appropriate for a Big Girl doing his block? And could Barossa riesling take off like Barossa semillon? With the Clare and Eden Valleys on either side, go figure. 8.2/10.

Wynns Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, 2006, $32.
The plain black label version, top of the low lying branches of the Wynns tree has a tres understated label and ditto the goods. 8.5/10.

Pipers Brook Single Site 2004 Chardonnay ‘The Summit’, $54.
Undoubtedly posh stuff, but still a bit tart but will no doubt settle faster than a spurned pollie. 8.5/10.

Clairault Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, $44.
Same price as a political memoir but far tastier. As flash as you would expect from a yellow note with not much change, indeed pretty flash full stop. 9/10.

Waurn Ponds Shiraz 2005 $17.50.
Corkage at the BYO was $15, as much as the wine, so we went across the road to a slightly more palatable $10 and the whole package was still good value. 8.5/10.

Coincidentally, all and Winepros Archive Subscribers can buy The Costello Memoirs by Peter Costello and Peter Coleman at 12.5% discount from our book partner Seekbooks. Postage extra - your books will be posted direct to you.

Or for those who prefer a slightly drier style, sample John Winston Howard by Wayne Errington and Peter van Onselen, also at 12.5% discount.

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