Thursday, December 16, 2004

old wine

A search for Barossa Pearl led to this site:

In this section, The Way We Were, we take a look at Australian wine society through the medium of advertising and wine posters

Just off to chill the McWilliams...

"Discover how chilling makes the sherry flavour zing. Parties swing...

Then pop it in the fridge till its chilled. Pour.
You’re hot….it’s cool….and suddenly,
you’re enjoying Sherry as never before!”

Comments: old wine

Lady Livia spent her school holidays earning pocket money gluing labels on bottles for Bests' Baby Cham party packs.

The downside was that they gave samples of the merchandise to the workers at the end of each week.

With the taste of Baby Cham still ringing in her ears after all these years, she's never ever been known to mock Barossa Pearl.
Posted by Sedgwick at December 16, 2004 09:19 PM

Actually Pearl sounds top of the range to me:
" a light, delicate, fruity sparkling wine with a clean, lingering finish which was not cloying..?"
Posted by boynton at December 16, 2004 11:36 PM

Elke Brooks (one of my top 10 girlie vocalists) contends "Pearl's a zinger".

(Trivia question of the week who was Elkie's brother? Clue, also in the same biz.)
Posted by Sedgwick at December 17, 2004 07:20 AM

... and fancy Elkie changing her name. (Trivia q2 implied.)
Posted by Sedgwick at December 17, 2004 07:25 AM

Bookbinder brooks no swing?

Elaine's bro was Tony Mansfield.

(Google brooks no Trivia shame)

btw - Penfolds were right.
Zing goes the things of my larder.
Posted by boynton at December 17, 2004 10:42 AM

Coupla pints of chilled sherry at the beach and there will be fun in the Morris Major tonight.

In those long lost days before booze buses.
Posted by David Tiley at December 18, 2004 03:00 AM

Waves of nostalgia, for a past I never had.
(The Sherry/Morris combo I mean)

But what about a decanter?

"Nothing makes a braver display on a barbecue table than a Decanter of Penfolds red and one of white. Each decanter holds a full four pints."

Truth in advertising?

Posted by boynton at December 18, 2004 10:52 AM

I used to be a mulled swine.
Posted by Tony.T at December 18, 2004 04:54 PM

Sure you weren't a wine boar?
Posted by boynton at December 18, 2004 09:39 PM

No, just a hog's head.
Posted by Tony.T at December 18, 2004 11:46 PM

To knock the Pearl is to fall for the cultural cringe. Barossa Pearl was the first alcohol I ever tasted and much of the ensuing thirty-six years may be seen as an heroic odyssey in vain search of that moment's rapture.

And cold sherry works a treat, too.

Mums drank well in those days.
Posted by Rob at December 22, 2004 12:58 PM

"Unlike Barossa Rhine Riesling, suffer from early disdain. That came later. Among people who fancied themselves as connoisseurs it became fashionable to be disparaging about Pearl as old hat, although the critics had probably first encountered wine via a string of Pearls.

Actually Rob, I'm quite liking the retro chilled sherry...shilled cherry...especially on a day like today of 35 degress.
Posted by boynton at December 23, 2004 11:29 AM

Can you please let me know who the brother of Elke Brooks is, we have been trying to find out for a couple of weeks and have hit a dead end. Found this when I put "Elke Brooks Brother" into the Google search. The only person I can seem to get is Tony Bookbinder who played for the Dakotas but I thought she had a brother who was better known than that!!!! Appreciate any help you can give thanks. By the way, many is the time (many years ago) that Barossa Pearl was imbibed, was one of the favourites at the time.
Posted by Ann at January 12, 2005 09:22 PM

Ann, I'm certainly no Bookbinder expert, but did a bit of googling.

The other brother would seem to be Ray?
"... Elkie Brooks was born Elaine Bookbinder in 1946. ... Her brother Tony was the drummer
with the then well known group The Dakotas whilst her other brother Ray had a quartet..."

Though whether Ray's fame surpasses Tony's is hard to say.

see also:
"Elkie Brooks, who was born Elaine Bookbinder, on 26 February 1946, a bakery owner's daughter from Cavendish Road, Salford, was almost certain to follow many of her family members into show business - Tony Mansfield, her brother, was leader of the then well-known group, "The Dakotas"; another brother had a quartet; her uncle, Nat Bookbinder was a bandleader in Manchester, and uncles Brian and Alan were in the pop music business as a group called "The Chapters""

Hope this helps. Mr Sedgwick may know more.
Posted by boynton at January 13, 2005 03:42 PM

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