There are perks for being a wine blogger. Recently a South African Wine Cooperative, Durbanville Hills, contacted me about doing a wine and chocolate tasting with their Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz.
When they first contacted me, I explained that I was not a sommelier or a wine critic. I am totally incapable of producing tasting notes and I write from the point of view of a wine tourist They repeated the offer.
I had been doing a series called Wine of the Week over the winter on this blog site when it was impossible to get out of the house, much less wine tour and many of those blogs had been about wines known for excellent wine and chocolate pairingss, so they still wanted to send me wine and chocolate for sampling.
Why did I agree to a South African wine pairing?
Victor Titus leading a tasting at Nelson Creek Winery
The decision to write this blog was not due to the offer of free wine and chocolate however tempting that may be. I was born in South Africa when my British parents were posted there with the Royal Navy. My first wine tour was when I returned to visit in 2005. At the time, I was more interested in the social aspects of post Apartheid South Africa and the wine industry than the wine. (see my blog Raise a Glass of Pinotage to Nelson Mandela) So before I agreed to their request, I asked about their social action programs and I was incredibly impressed by what I read.
Durbanville Hills is not in the usual South African wine regions of Constantia, Stellenbosch or Paarl. It is a business run by nine vineyards in partnership with Distell (the South African Wine and Distillery Association) . It is located just 20 minutes from Cape Town with a spectacular view across the bay of Table Mountain. I’ve stood on the top of Table Mountain and have seen this area in the distance before the clouds of the “table cloth” rolled in.
Environmental, ethical and social activism Continue reading