Was this really The Last Days of Decadence… the beginning of the end? Drinking cock-teas cocktails from teapots iced down to take the edge off the day we prepared our palates for a cheeky flight of Big Reds.
There was no time for tea parties however, launching with the first fab five from Bea Washida at Corney & Barrow. Traditionally Big Reds took flight with Bordeaux – Magnums of Château de Lamarque, Cru Bourgeois, 2001, stand out summertime Grand Cru 2005 from Château Capet-Guillier and a new world Bordeaux blend from Stellenbosch, Klein Gustrouw, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, 2005 to be precise.
Moonlighting wine expert Mark Heywood, member of The Tasting Sessions crew and author of our wine tasting notes, moved stylishly and seamlessly from the page to the people.
Lots of “big little food” including mini game pies stood up to the wine and kept the punters on their feet. Wines from The Lane (Shiraz Viognier 2007, Adelaide Hills) and Achaval Ferrer (Malbec 2007, Mendoza) highlighted Winemakers Doing Big Things.
Then came the Bad Boys from California, seducing us with the Seven Deadly Zins (Zinfandel, 2007) and the almighty Earthquake (Zinfandel, 2006) weighing in a 14.5% on the Richter scale.
In the words of Nina Simone – the Cheval des Andes 2005 left us “Feeling Good” and our very own Lady Marmalade – Charlie Rinks and her band left us wanting more, more, more. Sneaky snaps from Photographer Chris Osburn and Tasting Sessions Ambassador, Nathan McDonald, tell the story best.