Raise Your Glass

Hardys Crest Brut Rose

You think the decisions you make are rational, but when you look back it’s difficult to describe what you were doing as thinking let alone rational. I bought this salmon-pink sparkling on a two-for-one offer of $13.99, Coles Liquorland, Lismore. I thought “great bargain”, when it was like drinking a $7 wine anyway. It’s a good quaffing sparkling, dry but not tart, best drunk when you’re alone and desperate, or, alternatively, at a party and you’re not concentrating on the quality of what you’re consuming. In fact, you’re so not concentrating that you break the glass you’re drinking from.

2005 Chalmers Mildura Vermentino

I learnt from Paul Carter, spatial historian, that a coastal line is fractal and unmeasurable rather than Euclidian and quantifiable. This is disturbing if you want linearity, predictability, measurability. Thankfully Australian wineries and wines are fractal, seemingly immeasurable in their infinite variety. The Burnside Village Cellars, Adelaide, had this traditional Italian grape (called Rolle in Provence) for $23.99. A pale lemon in colour with a barely there olive-oil green tinge, it smells of pine, oysters and fairy floss, with oysters and minerals on the palate, and dry, while retaining the memory of sweetness.


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