Court in the act in powdered wig & black gown, a simple lawya heading for the relic stage of life in love with the 2 blind disciplines:- justice & wine tasting & tread’n grapes barefoot!  Yes, the earliest wine press was the human foot . . .


Dancing in crime, wine & much more, I meander through law & the custodial egis, expounding felonious verse of hocus pocus truths in forensic utterances of lawpsided oratory, in obiter dicta of French & Latin tongue, eye of newt & toe of frog, of adder’s fork & blind worm’s sting, all in the name of fighting for people’s forensic absolution from sin & its eternal punishments . . .


. . .  while living a mostly rural life in the enchantingly beautiful heart of Australia’s top wine country, the spunky Barossa Valley in South Australia, the mother of all wine country, the dirt-mother in fact.



A man who was fond of wine was offered some grapes at dessert after dinner. ‘Much obliged,’ said he, pushing the dish away from him, ‘but I am not in the habit of taking my wine in pills.’ Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, 1755-1826 (Paris) was a French lawyer & politician & gained fame as an epicure & French gastronome, “The Physiology of Taste”


The Barossa is rolling hills of magnificent gum-studded vineyards.  It is wine, big wine, the nectar of the gods & much more.  It is vintage. It is Australian history.  It is food, big food. Down-home family cooking. Slow cooking. Chef. Gourmet. The bloom’n lot!


Wine savant’s heaven. Foodie heaven.




Is there anything better than wine soup for an old lawyer’s soul?  It’s like chicken soup for the soul only much better!




As they say lawyers don’t whine.  They wine.






Um, that’s cheating.


Er, peeking is cheating.

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And you can’t cheat at wine tasting/judging by peeking out from under the blindfold! This gentleman does it right.  (Image courtesy Murphys Atlanta Restaurant)


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Hey, ladies, that’s definitely not the way to exercise blind discipline at a wine tasting!



Shinas Estate Wines (Victoria, Australia)

Have you noticed the law & justice theme displayed on some of the labels at Shinas Estate?  It’s a micro boutique winery in Mildura making handcrafted wines the traditional way.


Our wine-making secrets and method have been passed down through the generations.


A sample of the wines :


the Verdict Cabernet Sauvignon

the Executioner Shiraz

the Sweet Justice Moscato

the Innocent Viognier

the Guilty Shiraz


. . .  wines at their finest.



Sweet Justice

These wines would work well at the office 🙂 a la


a verdict always,


guilty sometimes,


innocent sometimes,


sweet justice sometimes


all topped off with a little executioner.


. . .  of course, you can’t now be capitally punished in Australia.



The Verdict 2014 (label)

The results are in and the “Verdict” (Cabernet Sauvignon) has been delivered. Like the Guilty and the Innocent, only a “lucky few will ever get to taste it”.The jury is no longer out – the Verdict is in.


The Guilty

We opened “The Guilty” and poured ourselves a good measure. Sat back after a hard days work and took a good swig. After a few seconds we looked at each other, smiled, and quickly ordered a case. Damn good shiraz, and very smooth.

The Executioner 2013 (label)

The Executioner is a blend of Shiraz 55%, Cabernet Sauvignion 43% and Viognier 2% it’s produced from our premium vineyard and is our Flag Ship wine.The Executioner is a wine worth dying for, production is so small it’s a crime punishable by death.