This morning I had a hideous bout of the 'mean reds'. This feeling, as coined by Miss Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffanys, is much like anxiety or, in my case, just plain pissed-off-ed-ness at the world. And, my gosh, was this morning hideous. The weather was grey, traffic, dismal, and on top of that, Cruise 1323AM was pumping out some lousy Billy Joel song.
But then I got work. Happy sigh of relief. I assume you think I'm a cheeseball, eh? Well, think that as you may, but I bet you, too, would have smiled had you have been greeted with a lovely box of vino. What a treat! This never happens, not that I would ever expect it nor even think to deserve it. But, needless to say, it lifted the mood somewhat. Of course that wasn't all that changed the mood.
You see there are many things I am really looking forward to. Tomorrow, I'm speaking with Mr Andrew Jefford, leading wine commentator and regular blogger for Decanter magazine. He's flown all the way from France to tour Australia as part of Wine Communicators Australia's annual lecture series - and tomorrow it's Adelaide's turn. I can't wait. I've watched a couple of video clips and read many of his writings and, besides being incredibly passionate, he's a very, very smart cookie. I wonder if he'll wear his big round glasses. I do hope so. They're smashing.
In an address titled 'Wine and Astonishment', Mr Jefford will speak about the dangers of familiarity and the role of naturalness in wine. He'll also cover the role of alcohol in wine as well as a wine from a science and poetry view point. What will I be asking? You'll have to wait and see. But! Should you have a question for me to question, do let me know.
In other news, today is Ashlee's birthday. And here's some fun trivia: Ash is the official wine dog for the Grapegrower & Winemaker. Yup. She's made history as the first wine dog for the mag. Not bad.
How old, you ask. Trust me when I say her wrinkles are nothing to go by - she's at the ripe age of eight and is as divine as ever. The present? A tasty liver Schmako treat and a big walkies followed by snuggles. Such a pretty face x
About to head home from work. Hoping for a better song from Cruise (after the traffic report, of course. That's always a hoot).
For more info on Mr Jefford's tour, visit: www.winecommunicators.com.au
His last stop is Perth, 30 May, Nedlands Yacht Club, Esplanade, Nedlands.