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Bespoke – who do you trust?

There are three important people a gentleman needs in his life – a good mechanic, a good tailor, and a good winemaker.

Also, I learned a cool new word today that I wish I had known all my life – BespokeI think there’s a bit of English gentleman in me waiting to get out.

Bespoke English pronunciation: /biˈspoʊk/ is a term employed in a variety of applications to mean an item custom-made to the buyer’s specification (personalized or tailored). While applied to many items now, from computer software to luxury car appointments, the term historically was applied only to tailored clothing, shirts, and other parts of men’s apparel involving measurement and fitting.

The distinguishing points of bespoke tailoring are the buyer’s total control over the fabric used, the features and fit, and the way the garment should be made. More generally, bespoke describes a high degree of “customization“, and involvement of the end-user, in the production of the goods.

I’m sure my wife is embarrassed that I didn’t know that word – I know that her friend DaniBP will be.

I want a winery that can “bespoke”  wine for me?  I tell them what grape varietals I like, how long I want it aged etc.  and then I get to come up with my own name for those wines. Who am I kidding – I need a good winemaker to help me do that.  Come to think of it, I would probably also keep asking my tailor “what do you think?” through the entire process of getting my suit.  That’s why we have winemakers. They take each year’s harvest work the grapes in the manner thatbest highlights them. Each year I buy the new vintage of winemakers I trust like LAN, Muga,  and Guigal.

Find a good winemaker you can trust, a good mechanic, and a good tailor and you’re set.

While I’m at it – would somebody please bespoke this entire outfit for me that I saw on the sartorialist website? I think I’d look good if I spent an enormous amount of money on my clothes.


High Voltage Wine

Ready for this? Australian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band AC/DC is releasing their own wine.  Release of Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and Back in Black Shiraz will be available beginning this weekend in Australia.

I can’t decide whether this is another sad sell-out or great fun. I do know that I want a bottle for myself. If anybody is going to the land down under and can bring me back a bottle please be gentle with it and don’t Shake it All Night Long.

What do you think?  Sell out or fantastic?

Angus Young – winemaker

Here is an excerpt from the Herald Sun in Melbourne 

AC/DC release their own wine 

  • Staff writer
  • From: AAP
  • August 15, 2011 4:18PM

THEY’VE sold millions of albums as one of the greatest all-time bands and now AC/DC hope to do a similar trade in wine.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have teamed up with Australian winery Warburn Estate for a national release of AC/DC The Wine.

Sourced from wine regions in the Barossa and Coonawarra, varieties include Back in Black Shiraz, Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon and You Shook Me All Night Long Moscato.

AC/DC The Wine will be available exclusively from August 18 in Dan Murphy’s, BWS and Woolworths Liquor stores.

“We wanted to make sure that AC/DC’s hometown fan base could have easy access to their rock icons’ wines,” said Steve Donohue, general manager of buying for the Woolworths Liquor Group.

“For us it was a no-brainer to make it available nationally, no-one misses out.


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