Mr Grumpy: it’s a funny old world

Mr Grumpy (Photo: The Real Review)

Some time ago I was asked to host a corporate wine tasting by a management consulting company. They gave me a decent budget of NZD $80 a bottle.

I had a vision of them climbing into their hi-spec Mercedes before driving home to enjoy an exquisitely prepared meal with a glass of $15 merlot.

The guests were mostly CEOs of large companies. After the formalities were over, I was enjoying a glass with three other guests when one of them commented

“I’ve never tasted a wine as good as this before.” He then added, “mind you, I never pay more than NZD $15 a bottle.”

The other guests nodded in agreement. I had a vision of them climbing into their hi-spec Mercedes before driving home to enjoy an exquisitely prepared meal with a glass of NZD $15 merlot.

Contrast that with a recent major international drug bust involving the Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gang. The South Australian Police seized a large quantity of drugs, cash, luxury cars and—wait for it—a number of extensive wine collections, including two full sets of Penfolds Grange worth AUD $400,000 each.


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