New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell has gotten himself into a bit of strife, all over an overpriced bottle of wine. Following his 2011 election win, he allegedly accepted a $3000 bottle of Penfolds Grange from the CEO of Australian Water Holdings. At the ICAC hearing today, Barry had an interesting argument as to why it’s impossible that he accepted the gift:
“I’m no wine connoisseur. I don’t drink a lot these days, that’s evidenced by my size.”
This is no $10 cask we’re talking about. If he (or anyone) was gifted a $3000 bottle of wine, I highly doubt he would have sent it back because he’s restricting himself to one glass of red a week. If Barry is limiting his wine intake (note he says he doesn’t drink a lot, so obviously does occasionally), then what better way to treat yourself than a $600 glass of wine?
On that note, it doesn’t take a wine connoisseur to know that a $3000 bottle of wine is going to be pretty awesome. As a not-wine-connoisseur myself, I think it’s unlikely that Barry returned the wine because he felt he was unworthy of it’s quality.
Can’t go doing that, Barry.