Corks 'n' Forks- September 2021

Dear Members,

As I said last month, no one presently knows with any certainty when the Club will reopen and under what, if any, restrictions. Hopefully, we will be able to arrange our ‘Bring a Bottle Night’ on 7 October and our Henschke inspired Black Tie (optional) Dinner on 19 November. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed!

In the interim, I thought you might find the following of interest.

Huon Hooke, who once wrote a weekly wine column for the SMH, now conducts an online wine business known as the Real Review. He publishes a newsletter weekly. The other week he penned an article titled ‘When Riesling was not riesling’.
As many of you know, Riesling – from anywhere, whether dry, sweet, young or old – is one of my favourite tipples. A Clare or Eden Valley Riesling matched to some fresh King George Whiting from South Australia is pretty hard to beat!

You can find the article at For some of you I’m sure the article will bring back some memories.

Also, and as I think I’ve mentioned previously, one of the contributors to the Real Review is Steve Blandford. Steve supplied the wines for our Corks ‘n’ Forks tasting/tours and dinners, and hosted many of them, until early 2019, when he and his wife Elena moved to Piedmont in Northern Italy where they now own and operate an AirBnb business. Had COVID not intervened, we had planned a Corks ‘n’ Forks odyssey over there last year. One day we’ll get there!

Piedmont is renowned for wines made from the Nebbiolo grape – particularly from vines growing around the town of Alba - south east of Turin - in the Barolo and Barbaresco regions. Barolo and Barbaresco are often respectively called the King and Queen of Italian wines. Nebbiolo from the Langhe Hills is also wonderful, as are the white truffles harvested in Autumn each year. I can well understand why Steve decided to settle there.

I thus, thought you’d enjoy this article from Steve, published recently in the Real Review.

Graeme Jones
For the Corks ‘n’ Forks Committee

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