Following in the deep footsteps of Cape Wine 2012, it seems SA wine just can’t get enough of wine expos. The latest is planned for Stellenbosch (Oak City) in January which will host a ten day Bacchanalian which culminates in a three day Wine Expo on Die Braak which “will take full advantage of the beautiful natural surroundings with rustic tables, green décor and free-flowing Bedouin tents.” Bedouin tents showcasing wine is an innovation to make a mullah mad.
Meanwhile feedback on Cape Wine 2012 is trickling through cyberspace. Dr. Liz Thach MW (pronounced “tosh”, I kid you not), Professor of Management and Wine Business, Sonoma State University, has posted a couple of fun travel stories on the interweb and some of the wines she features are classics: there’s a Simosing Cape Blend I’m not familiar with and I’m looking out for her favourite wine at that upscale reception at Clifton Villa overlooking the Southern Ocean. “All the wines were excellent, but my favorite was the Ernie Fels Auction wine – a big complex red blend with a very long finish.”
Living in California, she’s in the same state as Charles Banks who makes Mulderbash wines in the Stellenboschkloof. Let me stop being pedantic for a mo and encourage Chas to rebrand Mulderbosch as Mulderbash, which is, after all, how he pronounces it. If Bob Dylan can head on over for a Million Dollar Bash, Mulderbash Small Change is the kind of brand that would go down well.
The Prof, a MW, sums up the Cape Wine Masters who hosted a memorable Wine Dinner at the Cullinan Hotel. “I learned that ‘Cape Wine Masters’ are South African wine experts who have completed a two-year study program and passed a rigorous exam slightly more difficult that then Diploma level of the WSET (Wine & Spirits Education Trust).” Confirming the Cape Wine Academy has its work cut out lifting its profile in academic circles.
Still let’s hope Oak City invites Prof. Liz (above) to their big Bedouin tent, although she is such a babe, it is a crime to hide all that beauty behind a Hijab or a Burqa, even if it is sponsored by Boschendal. Oops, that’s Franschhoek!
Just humour it Neil, at least they write about the wines and it’s the attention that counts. Robert Parker ignored us for decades and that was way worse than spelling errors in his notes. Afrikaans is not the only language to see some creative conjugation, and equally entertaining descriptions of European regions pop up in SA wine writing.
Dear Mr Pendock, clearly this ‘Burka Business’ is catching on…. I recently encountered a photograph of two well known British wine writers on the St James beach… http://www.vagabondjourney.com.....burkas.JPG
Question: was this a ‘conditional’ part of a WOSA promotional wine junket ?