Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Drink Red with Heart and Celebrate Life

As you know the Dead Reds Wine Group has never been about making money for itself. In fact all proceeds from Wakes after expenses (if there is any) are donated to a nominated charity of choice. Admittedly, we've had varying successes depending on venue support, caterers and sponsors but we have always hoped to improve what we can contribute over time.

And we will now do so with heart.

It is with great pleasure I announce the Dead Reds Wine Group has chosen the Heart Foundation as it's ongoing charity of choice. With the continuation of all proceeds from wakes after expenses being sent their way.

It's a great synergy for the wine group as the Heart Foundation don't mind a glass of dam good red a day either... they encourage healthy living and are all about lifestyle with a heap of fun events mixed into their own calendar. As an organisation they are active participants in the community with a variety and mix of activities we (as a group) can also get involved with.

And, as they proved recently they'll get behind ours, such as the Wear Red : Drink Red event held at the Universal Wine Bar for "Go Red for Women Day". We had a stellar event with about 40 punters celebrating in style and raising a few dollars.

So, from here on in the group will be about "Drink Red with Heart and Celebrate Life"

To find out more about the Heart Foundation, please visit:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Dead Red Wake Celebrates...... Old Wine In Style

Château Tanunda, 'Icon of the Barossa Valley,' is Australia's largest and oldest Château (est. 1890) and is one of Australia's First Growth Châteaus.

Where else but here could we hold the first "dead reds event" in the Barossa?

The Dead Reds Wine Group was formed to celebrate and send off, in appropriate style, older wines from our cellars. These are wines we may have been keeping for that special occasion... but we’ve perhaps now also kept a little too long? These are wines that are ten years or older and may have traveled a far bumpier harder road than others. Such wine that might still be a corker, or just simply “corked”? These events encourage you to bring along such a bottle to share with fellow wine hoarders for an adventurous evening of wine tasting. Some turn out sublime, some vinegar. But that’s what the night is all about. Wakes are evenings of sensory highs and lows, animated conversation and a lot of laughs.

• Friday 31st July 2009
• Evening commences at 7pm (concludes 9pm)
• To be held in the Château Tanunda Long Room
• Complimentary glass of Château Tanunda 2009 Barossa Tower Pinot Grigio on arrival
• Bottles entered for judging encounter a $10 entry fee
• Bottles entered must be 10yrs or older
• Guests encounter a $20 entry fee (no freeloaders)
• Everyone is encouraged to enter a bottle
• All are encouraged to judge
• No responsibility is accepted for poor tastings whatsoever
• All proceeds after expenses are donated to the Heart Foundation
• All are encouraged to continue post judging (approx 9pm) at the Tanunda Clubhouse

The groups beginnings
On the eve of a special dinner party, which was to boast a Penfolds Grange, the challenge was set to find a wine that could match such a pedigree. Alas, all the “special” old wines in the cellar were too old to risk. And that’s when the seed was planted for a special night dedicated to brave wine tasting – to boldly drink what should have already been boldy drunk! The idea was shared on Facebook and the Dead Reds Wine Group now has over 280 members with quarterly events, called “Wakes”.

It’s time to share this concept with the Barossa.

The Dead Red Wake Celebrates Old Wine In Style
Please RSVP
Charlie Helen Robinson

Here tis the official facebook event :

**if you need help with accommodation, i have some numbers etc in all prices. let me know how you go with your planning.