26 June 2009
There no limits here at HQ to the lengths we will go, the places we will travel, to ensure our heavenly products are tested at the very limits of human endurance. Ultimately for the benefit of you, the customer.
On a regular basis, we assemble the very best palates we can find, (it helps if the said palates belong to good company — and when are they ever not?) and then send them to the most unlikely of settings to see if Two Paddocks drinks well in situ. Alps, deserts, canyons, seabeds, jungles; you name it.
This week we found a crack panel of gourmets and bon vivants, and courtesy of NASA , sent them to Mars. You may be surprised to see the team freely helping themselves to the atmosphere, but then oxygen is essential for wine tasting.
Result: Two paddocks 2006 First Paddock is superb , even under these circumstances. (The sharp – eyed will observe one other wine we liked: a Shaw Smith chardonnay, very good indeed.)
OK, we made up the Mars bit; we are in fact near Lake Eyre in the deep interior of Australia, now in flood — a once in every 20 or 30 year event. But it might as well be Mars. And we certainly weren’t on a soundstage at Burbank.
Those familiar with our TP fan base will see at the opposite end of the group from the Proprietor, the most capped player in the history of rugby (139 international caps) George Gregan, ex Wallaby Captain. On team for comedic purposes and health and hygiene expertise. Leads by example.
Bill Potter — Raconteur, marriage counselor, travel expert, jokes
Dave Johnstone — Stand-up comedian, public relations, waste disposal
Nick Collinshaw — Sit-down comedian, financial advisor "don't," security
Gunner Sachs — Team leader, spiritual guide, photography and low surrealism
We found , no surprise, that the bottle of Two Paddocks not finished drank even better the next day . Well of course it would. It is a matter of deep regret to wine makers all over the world that 99.9 % of wines are drunk within an hour of opening, thus never allowing the wine to open up to its full glory.
So here’s our suggestion; Open your lovely bottle of Two Paddocks or Picnic, drink half a glass, then put the top back on. Then turn to the bottle of Two Paddocks you opened YESTERDAY, and drink that , keeping the one you just opened for tomorrow. Repeat the next day.
You know it makes sense...
Picnic Proprietor gives thumbs up to Picnic at previous picnic in peaceful pastorale. Priceless.
15 June 2009
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15 May 2009
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11 May 2009
Proprietor spotted today in Kuala Lumpur, or thereabouts, working with what seemed from a distance an orang-utan. The orang-utan seemed more competent with a bike than...More
6 May 2009
Further field tests today (assisted by David Wenham, actor) of Picnic Pinot Noir 2007 at Sydney's Rockpool Bar and Grill (ask for it by name). Drank...More
3 May 2009
We have an answer as to the missing Proprietor at the critical moment of harvest this year; caught in an excellent episode of the splendid Bro’town...More
1 May 2009
With clockwork precision the final bucket of grapes from the 2009 harvest were emptied into the bin as the clock struck 5:00 p.m. on Friday. This...More
27 April 2009
(One disclaimer after another) We know these days bloggers write about their morning shower, what they had for breakfast, who they fancy … BUT … We don’t...More
23 April 2009
Here for the purposes of morale, is an entirely gratuitous picture of a dog. Our dog. Feeling better? FireMore
14 April 2009
Once again Two Paddocks’ vineyards were a hive of activity as harvest started in earnest at Alex Paddocks this morning. The Winemaker was heard to mutter...More
25 March 2009
The proprietor has been travelling the world in earnest these last few months doing what he can to staunch the haemorrhage in the world economy (5/8...More
24 March 2009
At C.O.W.C.O. we have bottled our 2008 Picnic Pinot, Sauvignon, and Riesling: all splendid. And now nets are on for 2009 – what promises to be a...More