Vinaceous' next visit to the new world found him in the Margaret River Wine Region, three hours drive south of Perth (1/2 hour by helicopter, as Vinaceous would recommend). Whilst touring the district's ‘golden triangle’ (a sub-region known as Wilyabrup), Vinaceous came across an estate with understated, quaint buildings reminiscent of architecture long since passed, in a wine region now dominated by glass, steel and ‘ego’ driven ornamental gates that lead to overcooked cellar doors and ultimately underwhelming wines...Vinaceous was intrigued!
With a winemaker in the bag and contacts made, wine to make and bottles to sell, Vinaceous embarked on his final mission, to find an agent he could trust to be the face of his operation...Aghast at the ever obvious wine labels out in the market and apparent inability to move away from labels featuring fish, cats, dogs, sheep, birds, kangaroos and other not-so-exotic wildlife, Vinaceous; ever tired and somewhat thirsty for a vodka martini walked into the first wine bar he could find. It seemed that fate had brought him to a local Mt Lawley wine bar and at this Perth institution Vinaceous found himself next to a sharply dressed gent entertaining more than a few locals (from the female of the species...!)
Vinaceous liked the cut of his jib and introduced himself to this character...who went by the name of Nick Stacy. Immediately the two connected and after several hours and several martinis, champagnes and a meal with a bottle of McLaren Vale Shiraz, Vinaceous and Nick (along with aforementioned ladies in tow) boarded Vinaceous’ private Airship (VIN 01) and departed north to America to spread the word that Modern Wines From The New World were coming...It was on this fateful trip that Sirenya, Snake Charmer, Red Right Hand, Divine Light and the Raconteur were conceived...