I have a Calvinist guilt-ethic deeply ingrained: it is slightly immoral to imbibe wine before midday on weekends and before 5pm on weekdays. I call these times ‘wine-o-clock’ and my husband, who is a whisky drinker, calls them ‘for-whom-the-Bell’s-tolls-time’. (Bell’s being a popular brand of Old Scotch Whisky sold here.) So, drinking a fine French Chablis at 9am made me feel a tad delinquent … for all of thirty seconds; until Janice soothed my conscience with her comment that “It’s 12 o clock somewhere in the world”.
Janice had invited me to attend her ‘Uncorked 2 / Part One: Old World Wine ’ course at The Wine School Johannesburg on Saturday morning. An absolute treat if, like me, you are interested in both wines and history. Our group was delightfully well-matched and five hours flew past, with almost too much information to absorb in a sitting. We quaffed while we learned: I didn’t know that Pinotage is the only grape that has its origin in South Africa, all other varietals are grafted from imported vines.
What we drank:
Louis Latour Chablis around R165 p/b
Guigal Cote du Rhone around R125 p/b
Chateau Fourcas Hosten – Listrac – Medoc – R245 p/b
Zonin Montepulciano d’Abruzzo – R58
MARQUES DE RISCAL (RIOJA) Reserva – around R245 p/b
A very amusing anecdote came to the fore, thanks to Janice about the Spanish lisp. Apparently it was an edict issued by one of the Spanish kings who had a lisp and wanted his people to speak like him. I’ve subsequently discovered it’s an urban legend, but I think it’s a lovely story.
Go read these fellow attendees’ blogs for their take on the experience: