Mar 17 2010
GOLFERS do it. Musicians do it. And of course, winemakers do it. Now swimmers are getting into the act of connecting their name to a wine.
Hold onto your thighs ladies Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£Γöñ and Grape male staff members Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£Γöñ because hunk-of-hunks Ryk Neethling is to launch his own wine.
Who exactly is to make the wine that will be placed in a bottle obviously adorned with RykΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s dimply smile and ripped torso is not yet known as this information was leaked to your reporter in one of those off-guard moments. But the smart money says the wine will be produced at Val de Vie in Paarl where Monsieur Neethling runs a swimming academy.
While we eagerly await the news releases stating RykΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s lifelong Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£Γöñ but as yet unknown Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£Γöñ passion for wine and his commitment to ensuring the quality of his wine is up to scratch, it will be interesting to see how the athleteΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s rigorously athletic lifestyle is promoted alongside that of a part-time tippler. Golfers and rugby-players can talk convincingly about enjoying the odd snort. But an Olympic gold medallist whose sport demands training sessions of six hours a day does not a believable wine drinker make.
But IΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗m sure some of us will buy the bottle of whatever just for those abs.