Thursday, March 25, 2010


26/03/2010, originally uploaded by charlierobinson1966.

what do you reckon ? should we crack one tonight?? they are for sale... xc

Saturday, March 6, 2010

04/03/2010:: edible365

Some things are seriously just meant to be unearthed. And this is no exception. By fluke through my day job i was fortunate enough to travel to Clare and meet a delightful elderly gentleman who after hearing of the wine group and all that it stands for, handed me this gift. he has three dozen more!!!

what a gem. what a celebration it will be once it has been opened. a good life - or a corker? xc

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

HWY to celebrate life with us...

The highway had always conjured up a “different” images for me. so, when I got a call from Tom (of HWY fame) after posting via the dead reds facebook group that fed out to twitter - that we needed a venue, I was all ears and open BUT....

To be frank, the response was within about ten minutes of my posting. So – all hail to social media working. And all hail to the HWY capatilising on that :)

I met with Tom later that day and secured the deal. I was so happy. And it’s easy to understand why. Firstly, check this image:

Secondly, my 15yr old daughter had been there for a birfday partee the week before (in the function room) with a bunch of other 15-16yr olds and was treated like a princess. Security to escort them to waiting parents cars later at nite displayed just good responsibility from the management and a true willingness to make the event for the youngsters work to everyone’s favour. How many of my friends had said to me that week “your kid is going where?”. It all turned out well.

Thirdly, I know they supported @monnie’s cup cake treats business. Seemed like we were onto a good thing!! As a venue, they obviously cared.

So, like I said – I was all ears. BUT... to be frank, I’m an old chick and grew up when the Highway wasn’t seen in quite the same light. So, I wanted to see it first hand.

I did and can say I was impressed. And I’m not just saying that cause I can or should. I was. Tom met me with a HUGE smile. With Mandy there as well, they showed me through the rooms available, spoke terms and confirmed they WOULD SUPPLY THE GLASSES.


Did I just hear right?

A venue was going to supply glasses for my wine tasting function? I had never heard of this before (aside from the lovely Barossa country folk) and we all know the pain I have been through with this problem. Hiring or buying glasses has always eaten into my budget and when I am trying to donate as much as possible to the Heart Foundation well... every little bit helps.

So... the rest is history. I love them. Let’s hope it all goes just as smoothly on the nite – but by the sounds, it will. Let's celebrate :)

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dead Reds Wake Six:: Wear Red, Drink Red, Celebrate Life

Red wine is for drinking, not keeping at the bottom of the wine rack for that special occasion. This group has been formed to celebrate the dead reds in our cellar. We'd like to thank them for their wonderful contribution into our lives. So crack open that red, give it a tasting and then share the news with the rest of us.

How old can that bottle go?

This will be the first event for 2010 and we have some special things happening for the group that we'd love to share and celebrate with you in such a special venue. Let's get groovy...

Friday 26th March 2010 from 7.30pm
Venue: The Highway

• Complimentary glass on arrival
• $20 entry fee
• Everyone 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

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”?

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 400 members with quarterly events, called “Wakes”.

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.

The Dead Red Wake Celebrates Old Wine In Style

Charlie Helen Robinson

28/01/2010:: Twitter365

this is the entrance to the next dead reds event... it's to be held @ the hwy inn on anzac highway!! place :)) thanks goes to Tom seeing my shout out today on the dead reds facebook wall that ended up on twitter (im @charlierobinson). that ended up with him calling me and us meeting and it all being sweet by tonight!! dont ya just love social media?

i do :)

PS YES a formal blog and invite will be done very very very soon, stay tuned .. love from charlie xx