I sorted my magazine rack this weekend, in a mad flurry of Spring fever. Of course I got distracted and dipped into some of the old mags. I found this interview on the inside-back page of a 2008 edition of WINE magazine and thought it would be nice to read the other bloggers’ answers to the questions.
Here are mine:
WHAT WAS THE FIRST BOTTLE OF WINE THAT ALL MADE SENSE AND WHY?
It was Nedeburg Edelkeur, around the mid-eighties. My aunt served it with the dessert course at a family lunch and I immediately understood why it worked so well.
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST MEMORABLE WINE EXPERIENCE?
A private wine tasting in the Bergkelder’s Cellar, with the Fleur du Cap Brand Manager and one of the winemakers. I tasted some private reserve wines that blew me away.
WHAT WINE HAVE YOU NOT YET TASTED BUT MOST WANT TO?
Chateau Mouton-Rothschild, (of which there are only 25000 cases per year!)
I’ve had Dom Perignon and Moet several times, but I would also like to taste Mumm.
YOUR LAST WINE PURCHASE?
On Saturday morning I bought a case of Umfiki Cabernet Sauvignon. A Gold Medal 2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards winner; it was on sale at my local for 26.99 a bottle. I also bought two bottles of Desiderius Pongracz.
HOW BIG IS YOUR WINE COLLECTION AND WHERE IS IT STORED?
I don’t really have a collection. At the moment I have about 20 bottles of wine. They’re stored on the bottom shelf of one of my kitchen cupboards.
WHICH ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SOUTH AFRICAN WINE PRODUCERS?
Difficult question to answer. I am loyal to Fleur du Cap and – obviously – Kleine Zalze will now also always have a special place in my heart. The Chocolate Block from Boekenhoutskloof is really special too. And then there are Meerlust, Allesverloren, Thelema … eish, we really are spoilt for choice in this country!
WHAT WAS YOUR MOST EMBARRASSING WINE MOMENT?
When my first husband proposed to me, he put the ring in a glass of champagne. I took a sip and saw the ring in the glass and had such a fright that a sprayed my mouthful all over the table.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT WINE?
I can’t find a single answer to that. Perhaps the fact that it is money spent with nothing to show for it afterwards?
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL?
One which I have prepared for an appreciative eater.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS IN SOUTH AFRICA?
Currently Wombles in Parktown North / Johannesburg and Catharina’s at Steenberg / Cape Town.
WHICH THREE PEOPLE WOULD YOU INVITE TO YOUR FANTASY DINNER PARTY?
Count Nicholas Czardas, Quentin Crisp and Jenny Crwys-Williams.