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Tuesday, September 1, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Combine a superior palate, a taste for adventure and a Communist dictator’s high-vintage hoard and you get the Raider’s of the Lost Ark of wine: a quest for Stalin’s secret multimillion dollar wine cellar.

The ‘Indiana Jones’ of this journey is John Baker – a connoisseur, entrepreneur and eighties rock n roll promoter from Sydney. On Tuesday September 1, he’ll be sharing the gobsmacking (and lipsmacking) tale behind his new book Stalin’s Wine Cellar, in which he and ‘second-in-command’ Kevin Hopko take on history to uncover the grapes of red wrath.

The event is hosted by the always entertaining Sunil Badami, and will be live-streamed from The Royal Oak Balmain on the Roaring Stories Facebook page.

There are just 20 seats available to see the event in-person. For the chance to win a free ticket, sign up to the Roaring Stories newsletter. If you’re already a subscriber or loyalty customer, keep your eyes peeled for an email inviting you to enter the competition.

After stumbling across a mysterious wine list, friends John Baker and Kevin Hopko embark on an audacious, colourful and potentially dangerous journey to Georgia to discover if Stalin’s secret wines actually existed; if the bottles were authentic and whether the entire collection could be bought and transported to a major London auction house for sale. Stalin’s Wine Cellar is the true account of this wild, sometimes rough ride in the glamorous world of high-end wine, which leads them from Double Bay Sydney to Tbilisi Georgia, via the streets of Paris, the vineyards of Bordeaux and iconic Château d’Yquem.

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John Baker was a hotelier and rock ’n’ roll promoter in the eighties era of Midnight Oil, INXS and Cold Chisel. He became a wine merchant creating a number of fine wine stores, including Quaffers Double Bay Cellars and the Newport Bottler, as well as the importing business Bordeaux Shippers. He likes wine from anywhere (as long as it’s very good) and is now more involved with a mixture of projects including the business of olive oil, as he says it’s good for his health and less punishing the next day.

Sunil Badami is a writer, performer, broadcaster and Sydneysider. His work has appeared in publications in Australia and abroad, including Meanjin, Southerly, Island, Seizure, Best Australian Stories and Best Australian Essays

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This event is presented by Roaring Stories Bookshop Balmain with Allen & Unwin

With thanks to our event host The Royal Oak Balmain


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