A time of panic! Elan Vineyard has run out of 2010 Shiraz at the cellar door, and the next vintage hasn’t been released yet! For a moment I was quite overcome, but regained composure enough to make it down to Ritchies Balnarring where I was able to pick up half a case – with a discount. It was tense there for a while. No such problems with the Vale and the 2010 Tempranillo – they still have that wine available, although the cellar door is running on a “by appointment only” basis for the time being.

In my last post I mentioned that Main Ridge Estate will be on the market soon. It appears that Darling Park is also up for sale. Darling Park is a beautiful little vineyard, that has always produced good wine. I hope Judy Gifford and the wine making team find a sympathetic owner.

Tomorrow is Melbourne Cup Day – a huge day for the horse racing fraternity – and the wineries are getting in on the act. Pier 10 is offering a three course lunch for $60, with extended opening hours across the long weekend. Port Phillip/Kooyong is offering two courses at $78, three at $95 and the Cup race televised – and Cup Specials on wine sales. Willow Creek is pushing the edge of the envelope with four courses for $75, the race on a big screen TV, live music and a 10% discount on the ’08 Brut. OMG! And they have the Justin Yap Band playing live blues in the Barrel Hall on Friday 21st November. Yabby Lake has just released a swag of 2013s, all most excellent.

Ritchies IGA (Australian supermarket chain) have formed a relationship with an outfit called Red Rabbit for on-line wine sales. Vintage Cellars is offering the SC Pannell Adelaide Hills Syrah 2013 – this years winner of the Jimmy Watson Trophy – along with a couple of interesting looking Bordeaux. Over in the Barossa, Kaesler announced the release of the 2012 Alte Reben Shiraz – limited stocks apparently, at $150 a bottle, but that does come with free delivery (!).

In between all this we managed to bottle our own 2013 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir at the weekend.

It’s all happening down on the Mornington Peninsula, and the weather at the moment is fantastic.