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14 December 2004

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News Release – Stanthorpe’s Music magnets at Whiskey Gully Wines

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With luck, Roger Ilott, Penny Davies and their talented son Jordy will get time from their busy schedule to perform this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night at Severnlea.

Roger and Penny have been a magnet for folk and popular music since they moved to their 32 acre block on the banks of Storm King Dam, near Stanthorpe, sixteen years ago to establish Restless Music recording studio.

Some 120 albums later for themselves and others, they have achieved national fame through popular personal recordings such as “Monkey Sings Soprano” and “Where the Cane Fires Burn”.

To Stanthorpe’s benefit, they have also been a catalyst for musicians like Lee Williams , Teri Welles and Woody Melcher moving here.

“We love this place,” says Roger. “We came here from Balmain in Sydney searching for peace and quiet and right from the start we were welcomed into the community.”

Roger concedes that they would have made more money had they stayed at Balmain but – hey – what’s money?

So, do they farm their block? “We farm music,” says Roger.

See them and many others, including Bruce (The Doctor) Jones, this Friday night at Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night from 7 pm. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and light meals are available.

“Just come and watch or bring an instrument or your vocal chords and join the fun,” says Whiskey Gully Wines’ John Arlidge .

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16 November 2004

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News Release–Quiet achiever making music with metal

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A quiet achiever at Whiskey Gully Wines music nights is Greenlands resident, Adrian Hobba, who has a fascination with metal in all its forms.

He is a boilermaker, a skilled blacksmith and an excellent self-taught flautist – the flute matching his other metallic passions. He is planning to bring a new alto flute along to this Friday’s music night.

Adrian has a modest nature and the flute suits his style. When someone strikes up a Simon and Garfunkel or Cat Stevens number, often the lilting tones of Adrian ’s flute will be heard, adding a touch of magic to the occasion.

So, don’t miss Adrian and many other talented Granite Belt musicians at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night. Rumour has it that Janelle Hunt and her sweet soprano voice may also be there.

It is at Turner Lane , Severnlea this Friday and starts at 7.30pm ; light meals will be available and a bar will operate.

Anyone who has an instrument and wants to perform, bring it along. The entry price of five dollars includes a glass of Whiskey Gully Wines’ award-winning wine.

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19 October 2004

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News Release–Brother Lee and Brother John At Whiskey Gully Wines

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Singer-guitarist Lee Williams will feature at this Friday’s music night at Whiskey Gully Wines and no doubt he will do a number or two with “brother John”.

Ever since Lee started jamming with John Arlidge and John’s daughter Emily, every second person picks Lee and John as brothers.

“I think it is the common sub-optimal body shape and vaguely pommie accents,” John speculates. “While we are both Londoners by birth, I am fairly sure that is where the relationship ends. Our families did not know each other and we didn’t share the same milkman.”

Lee honed his musical skills at school and, later, at Southampton University where he completed an economics degree.

He emigrated to Australia and worked for the New South Wales Arts Council before becoming a fulltime musical performer. “When they told me I was doing so well in my job that I would make director by the time I was fifty, I knew it was time to leave.”

He moved into the fast lane, touring as a folk soloist and with various bands, then moved to the United States where he formed a jazz group, The Rhythm Kings, and toured from California to Florida .

Lee has a couple of new numbers for this Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night and all are welcome to come and join the fun.

It is at Turner Lane , Severnlea and starts at 7.30pm ; light meals will be available and a bar will operate.

Anyone who has an instrument and wants to perform, bring it along. The entry price of five dollars includes a glass of Whiskey Gully Wines’ award-winning wine.

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22 September 2004

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News Release – the romance of music

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Shakespeare said music was the food of love and, indeed, it brought two of Stanthorpe’s best crooners together, Woody Meltcher and Karen Luck.

Woody and Karen feature at this Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines Music night.

Woody studied music at university and played with amateur and professional bands most of his life. By contrast, Karen did a few gigs in Adelaide way back when until – at a CWA Folk Night in Stanthorpe five years ago – she bravely rose and sang without accompaniment.

Woody was there. Their eyes met…

Some time later Woody popped the question: “How would you like me to play behind your voice?” A great partnership was forged and these two romantic souls have been singing love songs ever since.

“It wasn’t a bad line,” Woody reflects.

Come and join the fun at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane , Severnlea. Everyone is welcome. It starts at 7.30pm and a bar will operate. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

 

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24 August 2004

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News Release – What’s in a name?

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Part of the Granite Belt’s fabulous Dirt Band will be playing at Whiskey Gully Wines Music night this Friday at Severnlea and they are thinking about a name change.

Three of the band’s original members – Chris Fletcher, Tom Spence and Grant Thornton – regularly play together these days and feel the cut down version should have its own moniker.

“We came up with a few alternatives,” says Tom Spence. “Someone suggested the Not Quite So Dirty Band but we are leaning towards the Almost Clean Band.”

Friday night will be Whiskey Gully Wines’ second Music Night.

“The last one was packed out and everyone had a ball,” reports John Arlidge.

“It is only five dollars entry and you get a glass of wine for that. Everyone is welcome and budding musicians can bring their own instrument and join in.”

The great Lee Williams and Emily’s Allstars will also be there. A bar will operate and light meals will be available.

The fun starts at 7.30pm, Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea.

 

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July 28 2004

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News Release – Music night at Whiskey Gully Wines

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A new music venue opens on the Granite belt this Friday night – Whiskey Gully Wines at Turner Lane, Severnlea, is holding a music night for budding musicians and music lovers.

Whiskey Gully Wines, John Arlidge, says the main aim of the evening is just to have fun but it is also a way of identifying and showcasing musical talent.

“If you love music then come along,” Mr Arlidge says. “You don’t have to play an instrument, although if you do and you would like to perform then we would love to hear you.”

Mr Arlidge says the Granite Belt musical community has some great talents but few regular venues.

“So this is a new venue and in the lovely surroundings of the old Beverley homestead. We want to keep it easy and affordable.”

Entry is $5 and includes a glass of Whiskey Gully wine. A bar will operate and there will be snacks available.”

Mr Arlidge says he is a keen supporter of the Music Club in Stanthorpe run by Bruce and Marie Jones. He wants to extend the concept and provide another venue for the area’s musicians.

“In this world with everyone busy so much of the time there can never be too much music,” Mr Arlidge says.

Where: Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea.

When: Friday, July 30, 7.30pm.

Bring a friend.

 

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July 16, 2004

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News Release – Robert Channon’s win great for the Granite Belt

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Whiskey Gully Wines has congratulated Robert Channon Wines on winning an open class Trophy at the Brisbane Wine Show – the first time this has been achieved by a Queensland wine.

“I believe Robert and Peggy’s success will really make people elsewhere sit up and take notice of what is happening on the Granite Belt,” said John Arlidge, proprietor of Whiskey Gully Wines.

“It is great to be judged to have produced the best chardonnay in Australia. Chardonnay is always a big class and competition, especially from Western Australia’s Margaret River and South Australia’s Barossa Valley, is strong.

“So thanks to Robert and Peggy for putting the Granite Belt well and truly on the map.”

He said that Robert and he had a standing joke about their respective 2002 Reserve Chardonnays with both claiming their own as the best.

“I think that temporarily, at least, I must concede defeat on that one,” Mr Arlidge said.

Whiskey Gully Wines also did well in the Brisbane Wine Show, picking up medals for three of the four wines they entered.

The 2002 Beverley Chardonnay won silver while the 2002 Upper House Cabernet Sauvignon and 2002 Black Rod Shiraz won bronze medals.

“Backing up from a gold medal that Whiskey Gully Wines won for the Cabernet Sauvignon in Cairns this month, we are pretty happy with the results and we have had lots of visitors and buyers at our Severnlea cellar door,” Mr Arlidge said.

 

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June 29 2004

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News Release – Gold for “unrepresentative swill”

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The Granite Belt’s Whiskey Gully Wines was the only Queensland winery to win a gold medal in the Full-bodied Red category of the Cairns Wine Show, held last weekend.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, described the gold as a “great result.”

“We released the 2002 Upper House Cabernet Sauvignon a month ago so to get gold for it alongside icon wines like Elderton was wonderful.”

Mr Arlidge said the Cairns Wine Show, unlike most wine competitions, promoted food/wine matches and for this reason it attracted entries from big and small producers around Australia.

“It is a great thrill to have our Upper House Cabernet Sauvignon recognised in this way,” he said.

All of Whiskey Gully Wines’ reds are named with political themes.

“Upper House refers to the Senate or ‘unrepresentative swill’, as former Prime Minister, Paul Keating, once labeled it,” Mr Arlidge explained. “I’ll send him a bottle with a note saying it has raised its game since he left politics.”

Another Whiskey Gully Wines entry, the 2002 Beverley Chardonnay, picked up a bronze medal in the Full-bodied Dry White Wines category.

 

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Wednesday, November 21  2001

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Whiskey Gully Wines in "Liquid Gold" for 2002 Apple & Grape Fest.

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Gold medal wineries Whiskey Gully Wines and Robert Channon Wines will form a “Liquid Gold” team for the 2002 Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival to be held on the weekend of March 2 and 3.

The two wineries will be vending award-winning wines by the glass and the bottle from the “Liquid Gold” tent in Weeroona Park during the festivities that will include live music on two stages.

“Having each won two gold medals during the 2001 Wine Show season, that will be our theme for the Festival,” says Whiskey Gully Wines’ John Arlidge. “It will be a wonderful chance to try some of the Granite Belt’s best wines side by side.”

“The festival is by far the biggest event in the district,” according to John. Held every two years it attracts crowds of up to 80,000.

“It is hard to comprehend so many people descending on a district whose usual population is about 10,000,” says John, noting that people determined to enjoy themselves ensure festivities go on well into the wee hours.

However, with that many visitors it is essential to book accommodation early for that weekend. 

Robert Channon Wines, Stanthorpe’s other dual gold medal winning winery in 2001, is famous for having to change its name after a legal tussle with the French Champagne House Moet & Chandon.

“We are ‘appy to share a tent with Whiskey Gully Wines on this occasion,” says Monsieur Channon. “Vive la difference!”
 

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Wednesday, November 14  2001

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Four trophies and two golds to complete a great year!


 
A trophy and a gold medal at this week’s The Courier Mail-Sheraton Wine awards has capped off an amazing year for wine show debutante, Whiskey Gully Wines.

Proprietor, John Arlidge, says the awards take Whiskey Gully Wine’s tally for the year to four trophies, two gold medals, seven silver medals and four bronze medals. 

“We have been really blown away by these results in our first year of showing from just three wines and only four years after we planted our first vines,” Mr Arlidge says.

At The Courier Mail-Sheraton Awards, the company’s 2000 Black Rod Shiraz was named best red wine of the show and awarded a gold medal.

The previous week Whiskey Gully Wines’ 2000 Upper House Cabernet Sauvignon won a trophy for best Queensland Cabernet and a gold medal at the Australian Small Winemakers Show.

Whiskey Gully was also named most successful exhibitor and received the award for technical excellence in winemaking at the Australian Small Winemakers Show.

Mr Arlidge puts Whiskey Gully Wines’ success down to patience, attention to detail by winemakers Philipa Hambleton and Rod Macpherson, and the soils and climate of the Granite Belt.

“This really is a magnificent wine growing area that I believe will prove to be one of the most important regions in Australia,” Mr Arlidge says.

He says the world’s foremost viticulture consultant, Dr Richard Smart, shared this opinion about the Granite belt.

“Richard visited the vineyard recently and gave our operation a big tick. He is very enthusiastic about the potential of this region,” Mr Arlidge says.

Whiskey Gully Wines and Beverley Vineyard Restaurant are at Severnlea, about five kilometres south of Stanthorpe. 
 

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Wednesday, August 1, 2001

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Whiskey Gully Wines on a medal roll


 
Two Whiskey Gully Wines reds each won their fourth medals of the season at the Cowra Wine Show last weekend, making them Queensland’s most decorated wines so far this year.

Successful were the 2000 Upper House Cabernet Sauvignon (silver) and the 2000 Black Rod Shiraz (bronze).

The Cabernet has now won three silver medals and one bronze, while the Shiraz has two silvers and two bronze.

“We always knew these wines would have a good chance but we are really delighted with the results,” said proprietor, John Arlidge.

Whiskey Gully Wines planted their first vines just four years ago on the historic Beverley property at Severnlea, five kilometres south of Stanthorpe. 

Mr Arlidge said it was very encouraging to see the vineyard producing such excellent results at this early stage of development.

“We will also enter the wines in the Small Winemakers Show and the Courier Mail Sheraton Awards so there’s a chance that they will do even better yet,” he said.
 

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Monday, June 26, 2001

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Whiskey Gully Wines wins two silvers at Cairns Wine Show


 
Granite Belt producer Whiskey Gully Wines has picked up two silver medals at the Cairns Wine Show for its 2000 Upper House Cabernet Sauvignon and 2000 Black Rod Shiraz.

In two wine shows in the past three weeks, Whiskey Gully Wines has won four silvers and a bronze.

Proprietor John Arlidge said the Cairns show was highly competitive this year. The two Granite Belt reds out-pointed flagship wines from the Barossa, Coonawarra, Hunter and Yarra Valleys, in the full-bodied dry red class.

“It was gratifying that we were judged better than some wines which I have always revered, including the brilliant Elderton Command Shiraz, which typically retails between $60 and $75 per bottle.

“We feel our Upper House Cabernet at $22 and Black Rod Shiraz at $24 are a snip by comparison,” he said.

Mr Arlidge said perceptions about the quality of Granite Belt wines were rising among the wine-buying public.

“A few years ago there was a tendency for some people to feel that Granite Belt wines were over-priced because they were perceived to be not as good as southern wines,” Mr Arlidge said. 

“However, many people now recognise that the Granite Belt produces excellent wines and that they represent extremely good value.”

Mr Arlidge said major fine wine wholesalers in Sydney and Melbourne had shown interest in Whiskey Gully Wines.

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Sunday, June 03, 2001

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Whiskey Gully Wines wins three medals at its first show

One of the Granite Belt's newest wine businesses, Whiskey Gully Wines, has won two silver medals and one bronze medal in its first entry into a wine show.

At the Royal Queensland Wine Show and International Rhone Challenge in Toowoomba this weekend, Whiskey Gully's 2000 Upper House Cabernet Sauvignon and 2000 Black Rod Shiraz both won silver medals. The 2000 Beverley Chardonnay won bronze.

"We are really delighted to enter three wines and receive three medals," said Whiskey Gully's John Arlidge. "Four years ago when we planted our first vines we set our goal to make premium wines. These medals confirm that we are on track."

John said the high medal tally, not only for Whiskey Gully Wines but for other Granite Belt wineries, would boost the region's reputation significantly.

"The Granite Belt is about ready to turn the corner, in my view," John said. "Increasingly, Queensland's wine lovers are realising that some of Australia's best wines are here in their own backyard.

“My advice is to get in quick while they are still relatively cheap. In South Australia you would pay $35 for wines we sell for $20."

The 2000 Upper House Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2000 Black Rod Shiraz were only recently bottled and will be officially released in about two months time. The 2000 Beverley Chardonnay was released one month ago.

John said all Whiskey Gully red wines were named on a political theme. The Upper House Cabernet Sauvignon and Black Rod Shiraz series were the company's top quality reserve red wines.

"Two thousand was an excellent year for us with perfect fruit," John said. "Both the reds are big, bold wines. The shiraz has a lovely minty, raspberry nose and lots of spice on the palate. The Cabernet has mocca and blackberry aromas and a beautiful smooth, fruity palate.

"The chardonnay has a slight tinge of green which probably accounted for it getting a bronze, rather than a higher medal which is a shame because the palate is very big and buttery. It is one of my favourite wines."

John said the three wines would be entered in several other wine shows this year.

"We are well established here now," said John. "The vines are maturing and we have a steady flow of customers to the cellar door, the restaurant and our bush cottages. This should give us a nice kick along."
 

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Wednesday, 17 January 2001

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2nd Vintage Banquet
Beverley Vineyard Restaurant, Saturday, February 10, 2001 at 7.30pm

 
Whiskey Gully Wines will be presenting its newly bottled 2000 vintage wines at a 2nd Vintage Banquet during the Granite Belt Wine & Food Affair.

Last year’s 1st Vintage Banquet was a big success and guests appreciated a chance to taste the newly released wines and chat to the winemakers.

So, we’re doing it all again with the new vintage only this time, as well as tasting the new releases, we will also taste some barrel samples of the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which won’t be bottled until May.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, said he was extremely happy with all the 2000 wines. “Even though we were hit by hail early in the season, ripening conditions were excellent last year and the pick was very clean,” he said.

The 2000 Republic Red, designed to be a “drink now” blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, shows big fruit and firm tannins. The 2000 Beverley Chardonnay is a beauty, with a long buttery palate and peachy, marmalade flavours.

The Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon still in barrel are both big wines and show a lot of promise. Tasting barrel samples will be an interesting experience for guests.

The 2000 Republic Red and the 2000 Beverley Chardonnay were bottled in December.

The banquet is a first tasting of these wines, plus some other excellent Granite Belt wines, accompanied by food designed to match.


 2nd Vintage Banquet Menu

Aperitif  Roast tomato and olive tarts  1996 Robinson's Family Reserve Brut
Entrée 1 Char grilled salmon with roasted beetroot salsa 2000 Whiskey Gully Beverley Chardonnay
Entrée 2 Warm salad of figs, proscuitto and pears Barrel samples of the 2000 Whiskey Gully Wines Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz
Main  Barbequed eye fillet of beef with nectarine relish 2000 Whiskey Gully Wines Republic Red 
Dessert Mango and lime mascarpone mousse 1998 Bald Mountain Late Picked Sauvignon Blanc 
Petite Fours Coffee with walnut macaroons and almond biscotti Inigo Pale Rose Muscat 

Join John and Denice Arlidge and winemakers Philippa Hambleton and Rod Macpherson for this special event. It will be a superb night.

 
Price: $75 including all food and wine. Bookings essential
For bookings, please contact John or Denice: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au; Tel: 07 4683 5100

 
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Wednesday, 17 January 2001

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Wine and Food Affair
Sunday, February 18, 2001; 10am to 3pm

Whiskey Gully Wines and Beverley Vineyard Restaurant will team up in Stanthorpe's Weeroona Park for the Wine and Food Affair's "Affair in the Park" on Sunday, February 18.

We'll be serving wonderful wines and food snacks. A big crowd is expected and the event will showcase the district's multicultural background with food and wine styles from around the world.

Organisers promise it'll be bigger than Ben Hur with entertainment and lots of activities for both big kids and littler ones.

The Wine and Food Affair runs from Friday February 9 to Sunday, February 18, 2001.

Beverley’s chef, John Arlidge, is thinking about presenting something French and prawny. “Maybe, prawns lightly sautéed in butter and garlic with a herbal, not-too-creamy sauce, served on a potato pattie or rosti,” he muses.

“Or maybe a sandwich of thick Italian bread with poached ocean trout, eggs, rocket, zucchini and a slurp of homemade lemon mayo. Maybe both!”

Well, thanks chef. He’ll come up with something eventually, he always does. Anyway, whatever you choose to eat you will be able to wash it down with Whiskey Gully’s latest release wines and all at reasonable prices. It should be an excellent day.

For further information contact John Arlidge on 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: tmm@halenet.com.au
 
 

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Media Release – Vive la Republique

Friday, 08 December 2000

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Australia’s aspirations for a republic live on at Whiskey Gully Wines, in Queensland’s premier wine region, The Granite Belt.

For the second year since Australia’s failed referendum on a republic, Whiskey Gully Wines has named one of its wines “Republic Red”.

Proprietor, John Arlidge, says the 2000 Republic Red is a little stiffer than its predecessor and shows all signs of girding itself for a long struggle.

“Wine and politics are a heady mix,” says Arlidge. “I have already registered the 2000 Republic Red as a voter in 26 marginal electorates and we are considering nominating it for Liberal Party pre-selection in Bennelong.”

He says some people enter politics to have a whine. “In this case, a wine is entering politics to have a voice.”

The 2000 Republic Red is eminently suited to its task. It has a full and fruity nose (who can forget Don Lane and Russ Hinze?). The palate shows blackberry for reconciliation but with no hint of apology. There is spice for the senate, balanced by a flinty, Harradinesque dryness. Over this, vanillan oak has the mellifluence of a Whitlam speech and the finish, like parliament rising before Christmas, is decisive.

In the bottle but not yet released, this wine expects to deliver its maiden speech in February after a restful break. In the meantime, a few bottles may be exchanged for preferences in Western Australia.

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Media Release – A Buzz in the Vineyard
 

Granite Belt wine company, Whiskey Gully Wines, reckon they’ve invented the ultimate bird scarer – several hundred watts of driving blues music and hundreds of enthusiastic fans.

Whiskey Gully Wines and Tenterfield Community Radio TEN FM are holding “A Buzz in the Vineyard” this coming Sunday (April 2), with top Australian Blues group Buzz and the Blues Band appearing live in Beverley Vineyard, at Beverley Road, Severnlea.

Whiskey Gully Wines owner, John Arlidge, says the Opera in the Vineyard has become an institution on the Granite Belt and he’s hoping a major annual blues concert will provide a more relaxed alternative for a younger crowd.

“There’s been terrific enthusiasm for the concert,” John says. “Buzz has appeared in the district a couple of times and he has a really big following here.

“His music is really earthy and brilliant to dance to and the vineyard will be an excellent setting.”

Whiskey Gully Wines expects up to five hundred people to attend the “Buzz” and there will be a bar and barbecue meals provided by Beverley Vineyard Restaurant.

Admission is $10 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

“It should be a great day and everyone is welcome. If that doesn’t keep the birds out of the grape vines, nothing will,” John says.

Whiskey Gully Wines is one of the district’s newest wineries, having  just released its first vintage.
 

Further information: John Arlidge, 4683 5100; Fax: 4683 5155; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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MEDIA RELEASE - THE “BUZZ” ON OUR HIDDEN MUSIC TALENTS

Leading Australian rock and blues musician “Buzz” Oxford, of Buzz and the Blues Band, believes there may be hundreds of world class musicians around Queensland whose talents are in danger of being hidden forever.

Buzz, who will give a major concert at Whiskey Gully Wines, on the Granite Belt, next month, has written a book aimed at helping talented young musicians acquire the business and presentation skills they need to make it in the tough world of music.

Titled “How to Get Gigs”, the book is a manual of how to succeed in show biz.

“There’s a huge depth of talent in Queensland,” Buzz says, “but most of the good musicians know lots about how to play and very little about marketing.”

“There is more talent in Australia, especially in regional areas, than any other place on earth, but so many young hopefuls fall by the wayside because they don’t have these other necessary skills,” the veteran blues singer says.

Buzz has been drawing big crowds in Australia and Britain for more than 25 years with his lived-in voice and driving blues style. He hopes his book will help young musicians secure the “gigs” so vital to making music a successful career.

Up to 500 people are expected to experience “A Buzz in the Vineyard” at Whiskey Gully Wines’ Beverley property, Beverley Road, Severnlea, on Sunday April 2, from 12.30pm to 6pm.

“Vineyards are great concert venues and I’m really looking forward to this one,” Buzz says. “People around Warwick, Stanthorpe and Tenterfield really like their music and it should be a great atmosphere.”

Appearing with Buzz will be brilliant young guitarist Chris Bailey and an exciting new recruit from South Australia, Greg Baker, on harmonica and lap steel guitar.

The concert is a joint sponsorship of Whiskey Gully Wines and Tenterfield Community Radio TEN FM.

For further information contact John Arlidge, at Whiskey Gully Wines. 07 4683 5100; Fax: 07 4683 5155; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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First Vintage Release - Media Release, February, 2000

Republican Sediment Lives On

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Who said the Republic died last century?

Whiskey Gully Wines, one of the new crop of vineyards in Queensland’s Granite Belt wine district, has commemorated its first vintage and Australia’s failed push for a republic, by releasing a 1999 Republic Red.

The red, and the 1999 Beverley Chardonnay, will be launched? opened? released? poured? (what does one do to wine?) at a First Vintage Banquet at Beverley Vineyard Restaurant, Severnlea, on Saturday, February 12, 2000.

“I’ll be cooking and leading the toasts, so it should be a riotous night,” says Whiskey Gully’s proprietor John Arlidge.

“It really is the most amazing thing that after three years of effort planting, tending and harvesting the vines, then pacing the winery floor as life is breathed into our little babies, that finally we end up with a bottled product,” he observes.

“Even more amazingly they taste good, although it is possible I’m biased.”

 So, why Republic Red? “Well, wine and politics have always mixed well,” Arlidge explains, recalling Sned’s Red (former Liberal leader and Speaker Billy Sneddon), and Gough Whitlam’s brand of champagne socialism.
“Nineteen ninety nine was a critical political year and even though the model offered wasn’t good, there was a fair bit of sentiment for a republic,” Arlidge says.

“This way, at least I and a few others won’t ever forget the 1999 effort.

“Mind you,” Arlidge adds, “the Granite Belt is in the Maranoa electorate which had the most solidly anti-republican vote of all in the referendum. There may be a few people around here who think of this as just another red under the bed.”

People wanting to attend the First Harvest Dinner should contact John Arlidge on 07 4683 5100. Cost is $75 per person and includes five courses of food and copious good wines.

Attached is a menu.

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First Vintage Banquet

Beverley Vineyard Restaurant, Saturday, 12 February, 2000 at 7.30 pm

In January, 2000, Whiskey Gully Wines bottled its first vintage – a Republic Red and Beverley Chardonnay. This banquet is a first tasting of this wine, plus some other excellent Granite Belt wines, accompanied by food designed to match.
Aperitif  Rice cakes with prawns, mango and capsicum 1996 Robinson’s Family Reserve Brut
Entrée 1. Cucumber crayfish rolls with Avocado 
    cream 
2. Potato wafers with smoked salmon, creme 
    fraiche and salmon roe
1999 Whiskey Gully Beverley Chardonnay
Main  Marinated lamb backstraps with eggplant purée, roasted baby beetroot and red onion salad 1. 1999 Whiskey Gully Republic 
   Red 
2. 1997 Preston Peak Shiraz
Dessert Semolina and cardamom galettes with fresh figs 1993 Ballandean Estate Sylvaner
Petite Fours Coffee with walnut macaroons Old Caves Armchair Port

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