Strawberries in the Desert

Story telling from Australia

Fifty shades of Shiraz

We grow grapes. We even get to eat them when we can outwit the birds. The green table grapes are delicious, like a glass of elderflower champagne at an English spring wedding. The dark variety are more like a wake in the middle of winter. I’d rather drink purple grapes than eat them.

Two weeks ago following a rummage in Clyde’s study I found the last bottle of red wine in the house. ‘Did you buy this?’ I asked, not recognising the label. Clyde shook his head. ‘Maybe it was a gift,’ he said.

I unscrewed the top, splashed a heavy glug into the gravy I was stirring and poured myself a glass. The first sip took me prisoner, the second held me captive. It was like being locked in a cellar with a secret lover, plunged into a deep dark cave with cushions and Persian rugs. And handcuffs.

I drank half the bottle at dinner, even offered Clyde a glass. ‘No thanks,’ he said. Of course, I thought, you don’t drink. (Oh be still my greedy selfish skipping heart!) I sent up a silent thank you to whoever gave us the bottle and shuddered at the thought we could have taken it to a dinner party where I would have been forced to share the spoils. I finished the bottle the next night.

The winemaker’s website showed no sign of the label so I rang. ‘Sorry, that was a special for a wine club.’ I joined the club. There’s no point telling you the name of the wine because I bought the last two cases, at an absurdly cheap price, but I will tell you it was made by John Duval, who used to make wine for Penfolds.

I hope I never get to meet him I’d probably have to lock him in the cellar.

And throw away the keys to the cuffs.

6 comments on “Fifty shades of Shiraz

  1. monsoonwendy
    March 15, 2013

    And being locked in the cellar with you and handcuffs could be John’s idea of a really good time? You could have had a SMALL dinner party though. You weren’t sad drinking such shudderingly gorgeous wine alone? No? Right then. Loved this post Deb. Can’t wait for the book!!!


    • debhuntinbrokenhill
      March 15, 2013

      It was mean-spirited wasn’t it? And I loved every drop. With two crates there’s now a (slim) chance you’ll get to sample it.


  2. Louise Rice
    March 15, 2013

    Have you been reading ‘fifty shades ‘ ???? Xxx

    Sent from my iPhone


  3. michelle
    April 16, 2013

    love this Deb! (though it’s making me want a nice glass of vino and it’s only 1pm on a tuesday…probably not an appriopriate time to start drinking no matter how good the grapes…)


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I'm a writer based in Australia with a passion for gardening, remote places and people with a story to tell.

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