Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Adelaide’s first #flashmob Wine Dinner

McLaren Vale wine producer, Lazy Ballerina, and Adelaide Hills producer, K1 by Geoff Hardy, are to come together at 6.30pm on Friday 1 October to hold Adelaide’s and, possibly Australia’s, first #flashmob wine dinner.

The event, to be held at a secret Adelaide location and limited to just 20 guests, will be heavily promoted through Social Media sites Twitter and Facebook just 24 hours prior to the event.

“It’s a new innovative idea to promote our wine brands by leveraging the massive impact that the social media revolution is having on the South Australian wine community”, said Bec Hardy, co-conspiritor.

“It won’t be your normal stuffy wine dinner but a more relaxed and social event, more reflective of the spontaneity and social aspects of the media we will use to promote the event.”

“It’s really hard to gauge what the reaction will be as this is a first as far as we are aware. We might just end up having dinner alone with 18 spaces at the table – who knows!”

Lazy Ballerina and K1 by Geoff Hardy will provide a range of wines on the night, with guests meeting the cost of a tapas set menu at $60 per person. Bookings are essential and can be made by emailing wine@k1.com.au

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Vale Cru tasting at the Victory Hotel - Winemaking Behind the Lens.

Sarah-Jane and Nina manned the Lazy Ballerina tasting. They looked glamourous as always.

I dressed up as a failed french art school dropout. I did do the signs for the event, though.

Dudley Brown from Inkwell Wines had his inaugural 2009 Two Acre Despot Primitivo. He sold out his show stock and had to take manual orders.

Don't you think Inkwell's lables look fantastic? They really stand out in a photograph.

Louise from Battle of Bosworth (left) and co. A great day was had by all and many thanks to Doug for having us and all the organization by Sally Imray, Gill G-G from Fall from Grace and Paul Petagna from Petagna wines.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Meadows Creek in full flood - Part 3!!!

Rainfall overnight on the 14th of September caused Meadows Creek to burst its banks and flood 'Dingabledinga' - showing why it was named 'the place of much water' by the original Kaurna People. The region received 30mm.

This is a magnificent sight. The water soaks deep into the ground and helps sustain the River Red Gum trees through the long, hot summer that will follow.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Grenache Launch - Winemaking Behind the Lens

The action from the Lot 13 Grenache launch. Fifty peeps were our guests to look at the new 2007 Lot 13 Grenache and the 2006 Fortified Vintage Grenache. Our guest included Richard and Bec from K1 by Geoff Hardy.

Kirsten Harvey, Inara, Renae Hirsh and Derek Fitzgerald.

Anne and Bill Binns, in the foreground, with fellow McLaren Vale grape grower Edd Perkins.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Letter to the City of Onkaparinga - RE: Seaford Heights

Dear Councillor,

I wish to show my personal support of the City of Onkaparinga in regards to the proposed Seaford Heights development.

I am not anti-development, far from it. Development means employment and progress; my Mother and Father ran Southern Drainage for 35 years. Housing development gave my family the dollars and cents (also pounds and pence!) and helped me get to where I am today.

In the city I want to be part of we develop in a smart way. We don’t except old practices and we think outside the box to create places for people to live a good lifestyle. I think Adelaide needs to build smart best practice 21st century, not build in a sprawling , mid 20th century style.

I feel proud of the City of Onkaparinga for sharing that vision with their decision regarding Seaford Heights.

I applaud the decision by the City of Onkaparinga to recommend that the State Government re-zone Seaford Heights from residential to rural – keeping it as buffer space.
In an ideal world development policy needs to be - infrastructure first... then housing.

Unfortunately, I have been worried that we are getting good at creating car transport dependent housing. Suburbs where you have no choice but to commute by car to your work, to your doctor, to shops like Marion. We are in real terms a CO2 city. We are ruled by the car and the commute.

However I see hope, for example, we have a huge amount of land at Christies Beach / Downs that is slowly being turned in to very good, seaside, medium density housing.

In this area, with good planning and investment a great suburbs could be created near existing train line, shops, and hospitals. Currently the area still has run down 1950's, 1960's and 1970’s housing - often still on 1/2 acre blocks, ripe for medium density development such as what was proposed at Seaford Heights.

My first house was in this area, and it was a great place to live. I could walk to the beach, or shops, or train service or a local doctor, or even the Noarlunga hospital as I needed. I had a reasonably short car ride to McLaren Vale where I worked. It represented a good lifestyle.

Can you do this from Seaford Rise? Or the proposed Seaford Heights? Other than the short car ride to McLaren Vale, it does not have the same advantages. In fact I would go as far to say those in the Seaford area are disadvantaged in comparison to those nearer supporting infrastructure. I feel you can't live without a heavily car based lifestyle in the new sprawling suburbs.

Meanwhile, Christies Beach is slowly changing into a very livable location. This is happening organically due to natural market forces e.g. private land developers. Unfortunately the large developers don't buy up areas like this because they like virgin land, which is much cheaper and easier. Under this development model we sprawl to the outskirts of Adelaide and leave areas like Christies Downs to stagnate, when in fact a renovated suburb, with a combination of medium density, rentals and small houses would be a great place to live.

I hope in the battle between mid 20th century style, cheap, virgin land developing versus infill 21st century best practice, we remain creative and don’t settle for second best.

That is my view and those who share in it will have my support.

Thanks for all your hard work on the communities behalf.


James Hook.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Advertiser - Thursday October 17th, 1912


The Hon. AI VON DOUSSA moved "That an address "be presented,to the Govenor, praying his Excel-ney' to issue a proclamation declaring Dingabledinga a polling-place for the electoral district of Alexandra." The new polling-place would prove a great convenience to a considarable number of peoples who had to travel a long way to vote at the nearest polling-place.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Cellar Door - Some say Lazy Ballerina is a unicorn, super magic fairy world.

Photos from the 2010 Open Garden Scheme launch - 27th and 28th of August. Two fine winter days where we shared our garden with 370 guests.