As fate would have it, I picked up the flu on Big Day Out 2007. Every other person on the tour got hit with it. Myself, Peaches, our guitar techs Matt and Frank, Bobby, D.C. … The list goes on and on. Not a great way to tour through one of my favorite wine regions.
I managed to get a dinner in at Pearl, in Melbourne, just before the sickness had its way with me. What a great place. Asian fusion cuisine prepared by Geoff Lindsay. I started with a glass of Tin Cows Chard and the buffalo milk mozzarella and black fig salad, with katafi baked quail, drizzled with pomegranate syrup and wild fennel seeds. I still have warm fuzzy dreams about it.
Sommeliers have a tough job. They need to be mind readers. In the worst cases, they just force their tastes on you or let your budget guide the pour, but in the best cases, they figure out exactly what you like and spring something new on you. Such was my experience at Pearl. I mentioned a few bottles, made an inquiry about one I'd recently tried, and was about to take a chance when the sommelier said, "Trust me." And I'm happy I did.
He brought me a 2004 Whistling Eagle Shiraz Eagles Blood from Heathcote. I fell in love. Luckily my flu hadn't set in yet, otherwise I would have never had the pleasure. I love these little personal discoveries. This wine may be old news to those in the know, but it's news to me. So I'm gonna spread it.
Kirk R Grant — Ellsworth, ME — February 20, 2007 10:36pm ET
Badri Jureidini — Minneapolis, MN — February 21, 2007 10:51pm ET
Bryan Bucari — Baton Rouge, LA — February 23, 2007 2:04pm ET
Badri Jureidini — Minneapolis, MN — February 23, 2007 9:36pm ET
Michael Kaufmann — Portland, OR — February 27, 2007 12:25am ET
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