Savouring shiraz in South Australia’s State Library
During the Savour global wine forum in Adelaide last week I co-hosted a Landmark shiraz tasting – a fabulous lineup of great Aussie shirazes from a variety of regions – in the wonderful Mortlock Wing of the SA State Library.
This beautiful old building houses the memory of the Australian wine industry. Its focus is the culture and history of the state of South Australia, a part of which is a massive collection of wine labels and books, the largest collection of wine literature in the southern hemisphere and one of the largest in the world.
The oldest exhibit in the library is an 11th century manuscript which details the punishments for drunken monks in monastries. Drunkenness with vomiting was punished with a diet of nothing but bread and water. The worst offence – for which the monk received 40 days of bread and water – was to get drunk and vomit up the host!