Welcome to our series of interviews with Barossans, this week we catch up with Richard Sheedy, Chief Taster at Glen Eldon Wines.
1. What would you like to do if you weren’t working in the wine industry?
Could only be a helicopter pilot, travel/thrill seeking adrenaline hits and home for dinner with the family due to reasonable low range capacity!
2. What do you love most about your job and why?
Forget all the bull@#$*, as grape growers & winemakers we are just farmers, dependant on mother nature, I love the excitement of vintage, the “hands-on” approach we have at Glen Eldon, the creativity of blending and assembling our wines, packaging them and then travelling sharing them with customers all over the world!
3. What was your first car?
A Toyota Corolla – A bomb of a thing, it had its own smokescreen it burnt so much oil! It did not matter whether you went 1km or 10km’s you still had to fill it with water & oil before you started it!
4. What grape variety or wine style most interests you at the moment?
I know I should say Eden Valley Riesling or Shiraz, but I’m playing with Gewurztraminer at the moment a dry style – totally food friendly and delicious!
5. What are you listening too at the moment?
The kids screaming normally… I’m a closet Michael Jackson fan……..
6. What is your favourite dish to cook?
I built myself a wood fired pizza oven, so anything slow cooked, probably Chicken with thyme, white wine, olives on a bed of cous cous.
7. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Healthy, happy family and friends – oh and a great bottle of wine!
8. When you’re not working what do you like to do?
Eat, drink and socialise – whoops that’s what I do for a living………………
Spend time with my wife Mary & our four beautiful children, rarely is there a dull moment!
9. What is your greatest extravagance?
10. What are you reading at the moment?
Jack Reacher Series.
11. What is your favourite city/country to visit and why?
I’ve been lucky to have worked and travelled all over the world and have fallen in love with various countries and cities for different reasons, too hard to chose just one…….
- New York for 24 hour excitement
- London for the poms – no worries gov!
- Paris for the arrogance and food
12. What is the most memorable wine/s you have tried?
Birth year of Chateaux Margaux at the chateaux – simply mind blowing!
13. Who are your heroes in real life?
- My wife and family.
- Anyone that has a go for themselves – succeed or fail – it’s better to have tried & failed than not to have tired at all…..
- I have real admiration for anyone, no matter how famous or not, that have succeed and continue to assist or advise others to do the same – a lesson learnt should always be shared!
14. What are your top 3 Barossa tips?
- Detour off the main road’s you’ll discover someone/thing!
- Always add an extra day/night to your travel plans – there’s never enough time to enjoy it all
- Call ahead when visiting Glen Eldon!
15. What would be your chosen superpower?
Country Women’s Association – wise old chooks they are!
16. If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would you say to them?
God/Jesus – How to prevent religious persecution?
17. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
- A Shiraz cutting
- My fishing rod
- Endless supply of B&H
- Suntan Cream (I think this will be more socially acceptable!).
18. If you died and came back as a person or thing, what would it be?
A woman of course!
19. What makes the Barossa special to you?
The serenity! Beautiful landscapes, forever changing seasons, the food, wine and people, no two days are ever the same………..
20. What is your motto?
If it is to be, it’s up to me & Nothing stays the same!