“Booming in brackets” is how my retired accountant friend Rudi Veit would describe the typical behaviour of our shares on the JSE. The bracket being the punctuation employed by accountants to indicate the figure quoted was actually a loss. Like the trend for SA bottled wine exports that WOSA hilariously reports as booming when they were actually booming in brackets. Red ink is another device used as a warning sign to investors and so no surprises that the Platter wine guide applies red to wines garnering four stars and above in their annual sighted tasting shenanigans.
Is US wine fakir Rudy Kurniawan musical? This would seem to be the implication of Jancis Robinson’s strange blog posting yesterday: “Rudy never seemed to have a girlfriend but sometimes brought his mother to wine tastings. He took over the restaurant Melisse in Los Angeles for her 60th birthday celebrations.” I should ask Jancis’s friend Tim James, who has a nose for this kind of thing, being an expert, as he is, in “suspiciously childless” wine farm owners both alive (on the now very dead Grape magazine) and dead (in Noseweak).