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Heard it through the grapevine

“Wine is wont to show the mind of man” – Theogenis

Despite the fact that I spend my weekdays dealing with farmers and exporters in the wine industry, I know very little about the actual product itself, much to my friends’ dismay. When presented with a wine list, the phrase “Ask Gillian, she works in wine…” has never once resulted in my smug identification of some memorable wine, based purely on my in-depth knowledge of the humble grape.

“Where there is no wine, there is no love” – Euripides

I do, however, enjoy the fruit of the vine as much as the next ignorant boozer. So imagine my delight when I stumbled upon a local video expounding varietal virtues in terms I could understand, using a familiar frame of reference – people!

“A person with increasing knowledge and sensory education may derive infinite enjoyment from wine.” – Ernest Hemingway

If you’re looking for wine-geek sound bites with which to impress your friends, then don’t waste your time. This is a heartfelt description of each of the more popular varietals produced and consumed in South Africa; from the behaviour of the vine, right through to the personality traits of the resultant wine.

“… he had me at Sauvignon Blanc.” – Me

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