Γö¼├íThunder rolls as I hit Bloemfontein. Raining big fat dollops of splashing water. The sky is grey, the earth wet and the city smells like an oxygen tent inhabited by Sophia Loren.
First stop on my jaunt to Mangaung for the ANC╬ô├ç├ûs National Conference is Casa Van Zyl. Said Casa is inhabited by Jan, my second cousin, and his lovely Dorette. In wine circles they are possibly better known for being the parents of the Coco Chanel of South African wine-writing, one Jeanri-Tine van Zyl.
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LetΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s delve into 2012. What are the predictions for this yearΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s vinous calendar? Here are four. Readers are invited to add a fifth. The best entry will receive a bottle from WineGoggle’s private cellar. Continue Reading »
When in doubt, say Italian. This is Peter de Wet from DeWetshofΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s advice to one faced with the challenge of identifying an unknown international wine. And with so many bloody wines coming out of the Boot, itΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s sage and practical counsel.
But itΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s funny how in one week Italy can make a turn in oneΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s vinous consciousness all of three times.