Spilled Shiraz UPDATE

July 25, 2011


Australian winemaker Sparky Marquis isn’t crying over his spilled shiraz.

Well, at least not in public. Here’s a lovely video he and wife Sarah of the Mollydooker winery in Australia’s McLaren Vale region made thanking friends and supporters for their concern following last week’s forklift accident that destroyed about $1 million worth of shiraz.

As you may have heard, the accident in Adelaide sent 462 cases of wine to the ground, most of which was lost. The wine was 2010 Mollydooker Velvet Glove, which can sell for around $180 a bottle in the U.S. The shiraz was insured, but the accident is expected to delay the wine’s planned September launch in the U.S. (Trivia moment: Mollydooker is Australian for left-handed and both Sarah and Sparky are southpaws.)

I supposed I shouldn’t be surprised by this, but I note that a few people have posted less-than-positive comments in response to stories about the accident. It seems to be mainly people who feel the wine is overrated or have an issue with expensive wine. As you know, I’m more of an under-$10 bottle person, and I’ve never tried Velvet Glove, but that doesn’t mean I can’t  feel for someone losing a huge chunk of their work, insured or not.

I’ll have to quote Mom here, “If you don’t have anything nice to say …


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