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.