Sunday, August 30, 2009

Special Announcement - Dead Reds Wake 5

Dead Reads Wine Group is proud to announce that Scott Collett from the family owned, Woodstock Winery and Coterie, has kindly agreed to sponsor Wake 5.

Scott is a well known local identity and is one of the state's best wine makers with a swag of awards under his belt. As well as great wines, Woodstock's Coterie Restaurant recently won the "Best Restaurant in a Winery" at the 2009 Restaurant and Catering Awards.

To his credit, Scott is also one of a talented group of passionate South Australian winemakers that create the Heartland label.

Scott will be registering his own red for judging. This certainly puts the pressure on our member group. So, what red are you bringing???? Dead??? Hmmmmm. I think not!

We look forward to seeing you there, as this promises to be one of the best Wakes yet.

Please do your bit by supporting Woodstock Winery and have a looksee at their website. You can read the gossip about Pink's recent visit to the Winery and how she fell in love whilst there..... Also, if you're in need of a fabulous wine and a lovely meal, the Coterie is open for lunch 7 days a week and for functions anytime you like.

Thanks to Scott for his support towards the National Heart Foundation and Dead Reds Wine Group.

See you all this coming friday at the Royal Hotel in Kent Town xc

PS we will be raffling a Magnum of Stocks (etc) on the night, so please bring a few extra dollars along as it all goes to a good cause :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dead Reds, Wake Five

"Barnemord"?Image by Kim Bach via Flickr

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 4th September 2009
• Evening commences at 7pm (concludes 9pm)
• To be held at the Royal Hotel in Kent Town (front VIP area)
• Complimentary glass on arrival
• Guests encounter a $20 entry fee (no freeloaders)
• Everyone is encouraged to enter a bottle
• Bottles entered for judging encounter a $10 entry fee
• Bottles entered must be 10yrs or older
• All are encouraged to help with judging
• No responsibility is accepted for poor tastings whatsoever
• All proceeds after expenses are donated to the Heart Foundation
• All are encouraged to remain for the after parteee

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 nearly 400 members with quarterly events, called “Wakes”.

The Dead Red Wake Celebrates Old Wine In Style
Please RSVP
Charlie Helen Robinson
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Monday, August 3, 2009

well live up to expectations it did.

nothing dead about the long room @ chateau tanunda (not that we thought that anyway). the hospitality of John, Matt and the staff was excellent. so good in fact we have said we will go back next year for an annual style event there (seriously).

have to say thanks for sharing the Ch√Ęteau Tanunda 2009 Barossa Tower Pinot Grigio with us - it had just scored a nice 90 points.. and was very tasty :)

the winner of the "dead" was no other than Mr Paul Prince with a bottle of Basedows Claret Vintage 1975 (kindly donated or sponsored by Doug Lehman... so do we have some real challengers in our midst??).

thanks to everyone who traveled up, spent the nite, enjoyed the countryside over the weekend... brought friends from the valley and generally had a good time. it's true we had a smaller crowd (40) like the launch last year - but having said that the noise and fun generated was equally as good as any of the events we have run...

true to our word the profit from the evening will go to the Heart Foundation. at this stage that sits at $300.

my personal thanks to Matt and Jim for judging (i think they enjoyed the job at hand immensely)... Steve for his expert MC'ng and videos (not sure how much of that will turn out tho mate), Dana for photos, Bruce for his excellent role as door bitch and Maria for helping set up and just being there.

take care, drink sensibly, see ya at the next dead event!!

ps big thanks to the tanunda clubhouse for putting up with our after party too... we let our hair down :)
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