January 28, 2011

A good reason to have a glass half full

28 January 2011 | by Andrea Frost

It’s fitting, don’t you think, that the people who call themselves Glass Half Full types never seem to have a full glass. In my experience big personalities love a drink.

I have a friend – let’s call her A – who is a big personality. Not big in a serial pest way but big in a fill-the-room-with-energy way. A turns a nice dinner into an outrageous event, fills pesky silences with fun commentary, turns dull conversations into a livelier version of themselves and resuscitates even the sickest ebb of energy. When A barrels into a room it fills up with noise and chatter and gutsy laughter. Sure, small birds scatter out of trees, cats hide under floors, oceans recede, armies retreat and piano players stop but things do get brighter.

It’s a rewarding guest who laughs at your jokes, loves your food and participates in raucous discussion. Even more so when they turn up for a casual bite with a bottle of booze as generous as they are. Which A did. And it was.

Tahbilk Marsanne is spectacular value and delicious drinking and not surprisingly has cultivated a loyal but niche following. Don’t be put off by the grapes apparent lack of fame in Australia, it’s huge in Europe, has been forever and heralds from the Rhone Valley in France. Consider yourself the pointy end. This wine, a bargain at twice the price, is a ripper. Available everywhere. Drink it often. Just like A does.

Tahbilk Marsanne, you’ll get gold change from $15,