Eight years. That’s how long I have been working with wine. In these eight years I have tasted through my education and I can confidently say I have identified what I enjoy and what I don’t. But all old dogs can learn new tricks and I continue my education as often as I can. One day a Pinotage might surprise me, you never know.

In my opinion there are 3 groups of wine-lovers.

The older-established-technical crowd (Crowd one)

The WHOOOOOHHHH-light-wines-and-rose-only crowd (Crowd two)

The I-like-it-and-would-like-to-learn-more-but-pink-drinkers-annoy-me-and-old-drinkers-scare-me crowd.  (Crowd three)

I still fall in the third category. After eight years, that is still where I would place myself. Because drinking is learning, you know.

Because I work in wine, I follow some of the mainstream industry news usually shared by crowd one. I read the very technical reviews and the snooty comments because big name A doesn’t like big name B and he or she was left or removed from tasting panel X or Y.

There have been a few wine-bloggers whose sole purpose was rating and scoring wines on a relatable basis. The Reasonable-Man test of wines if you will. Sadly most of these writers have over the years gravitated closer and closer towards the vortex of crowd one. I do not blame them, I imagine myself to become a part of Crowd one, when I am closer to 50.

I am no-one in the wine world. I am this girl who works for that farm people have trouble spelling.(They should learn to spell it, it’s an awesome farm) This little blog of mine is a general space, not dedicated to just one topic so I see no reason why I can’t add my own little wine reviews.

Why can’t I ask good questions about wine while paring it with a movie, a song, and a book or body part? I STRIVE to make wine approachable, fun and interesting. And for the first time, I will be sharing my twisted, dirty (but witty) thoughts on some of what SA has to offer.

I have no pretence and will be rating pretty much everything I can get my hands on. I will try my very best to add price points, link a store and spam you with pictures.

Do I have  scale? No. I won’t be using a point system (1-5 or 1-20) I will however be handing out little GL (digital) stamps. It’s the simplest system I can think of.

1 stamp means I will drink it gladly when offered to me.

2 stamps mean I WILL buy more of this.

3 stamps – do you accept first-borns as payment for a lifetime supply?

No stamps – Nee fok, sies man. 

I have a few wines that will be featuring next week. Stay tuned and please don’t take wine so seriously. I am solely reliant on wine for a salary and even I stop to smell the rosé once in a while.


gl icon

  • 2
  • 1168
  • 6



  • wi3sa

    LOVE your rating system. LOVE IT

    October 3, 2014 - 2:07 pm Reply
    • greenlydia

      I look forward to sharing many posts with you. 😉

      October 3, 2014 - 2:10 pm Reply
  • theflatwhiteblog

    Haha you are hilarious! I am looking forward to learning more about wine from you. I LOVE wine, but I know so little about it. I’m in the ‘No I don’t taste the hints of grapefruit.. I taste WINE’ category. Here’s to a wine adventure with you!

    October 6, 2014 - 6:08 am Reply
    • greenlydia

      Hahaha i can’t wait to drop you with some knowledge 😉

      October 6, 2014 - 6:16 am Reply
  • Updates and things | Greenlydia

    […] few posts back I wrote about my own take on a wine rating system and I have been putting some real work into this. […]

    October 20, 2014 - 11:35 am Reply
  • fatid

    I was recommended this blog by my cousin. I am not sure whether this post is written by him as nobody else know such detailed about my problem. You’re incredible! Thanks!

    October 10, 2018 - 1:59 pm Reply

Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published.