I definitely recommend the wine


To quote the review linked to that pic:

Despite the popular jokes and misconceptions, not everyone who went to Australia in the 18th & 19th centuries was a criminal, and England certainly enforced the punishment of transportation by sending convicts to America before the Revolution. But this is the first time I’ve seen an Australian wine named after such a person. James Oatley was a British clockmaker who stole some bed linen and earned himself a one way ticket to the other side of the world.

His great-great-grandson is the famous winemaker Bob Oatley, whose wines have been reviewed here several times. Moving on down the family lineage, Bob’s grandson shares the name James, and he designed the label for this product line. The three triangle motif comes directly from a pattern that was stenciled on to convict uniforms of the time.

What does the name remind me of? Three very different things: Harlan Ellison’s classic short story "’Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman". There’s also Tik-Tok, the clockwork soldier of Oz who was part of the main group in Disney’s horrifying Return to Oz movie. But because I listened to a lot of pop radio in the early 90s, I can’t see the words "tick tock" without thinking of Color Me Badd’s "I Wanna Sex You Up". "To The Tick Tock Ya Don’t Stop, To The Tick Top Ya Don’t Stop". There, now it’s stuck in your head as well! Bwa-ha-ha-ha!

All of the following wines are enclosed with convenient Stelvin screwcaps. Additional information can be found at the Robert Oatley website

“TIC TOK Sauvignon Blanc Semillon is zesty, tropical and with a slight herbal component and a well balanced mouthfeel. Fermented cool it’s fresh and lively. Amazing with oysters, other shellfish, chicken and lighter pastas. The bracing acidity compliments the elements of goat cheese, green beans or even sushi…” says the winemaker. That’s what I’m having there to accompany…


Chicken pasta from Zac’s Bistro at Wollongong City Diggers – linked to pic.

The waiters move fast at Zac’s…




Quite a nice room really—and pensioner special prices too. Club membership also includes Rewards Club privileges which I really should explore further.