I wonder how many pedants noticed the deliberate mistake in the first sentence of Mr. Min’s wonderful deflation of wine pretentions in Sawubona, inflight magazine of SAA, this month: “Marsanne, Rousanne, Ugni Blanc, Viura, Macabeo, Vermentino, Verdelho, Crouchen Blanc. Not exotically-named actresses, as you may think but white wine grapes – the flamboyant nomenclature of a number of foreign performers taking to the South African wine stage.” Viura and Macabeo are the same thing.
Mr. Min goes on to note how punters are surprised by the “curious spelling on labels” which surprised this punter when he talks about Macabeo being called “Vuira” in Rioja. And how he deftly takes the pompous wind out of the sails/sales of Franschhoek producer Landau du Val by calling it Val du Landau. Mr. Min is a Master of winespeak.
for wood? i thought mr. min was a pedal to the metal man.