Members of the wine tasting group enjoyed sampling a collection of very tasty wines from the Whistling Eagle vineyard on Friday night. A small enterprise, the Whistling Eagle property at Colbinabbin (30 minutes’ drive from Heathcote) has been owned and worked by the Rathjen family for four generations. Ian Rathjen has been making wine since 1995. He says it’s his passion, not a business. He had to be persuaded to sell what he produces. Even so, if he doesn’t like how a wine has turned out he tips it out rather than bottling it. Life’s too short to drink bad wine! And the Bearbrass wine tasters agree. Pics: our cheery group at Haig St. Standing, sommelier Jill dR