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15 Sep 2011

Hello Quaffers,

Boy oh boy – am I LOVING the Rugby World Cup! Sky News has been abandoned at the gym in the mornings in favour of tussles between Canada and Tonga, Ireland and America (did you see their last minute try? You’d think they’d won the entire tournament!) all of which is doing wonders for my figure. And frankly, that’s just as well, because what with all the sports-wines around at the moment, I’m struggling!

Rugby winemakers

I suppose it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that rugby and wine have such a close affinity – there are many wine farmers out there who are definitely built to take on the likes of Jonah Lomu and win. Rugby legends such as Hempies du Toit at Annandale and Jan ‘Boland’ Coetzee of Vriesenhof both came from winemaking families, which it made sense for them to rejoin after their days on the field were over. And when Schalk Burger has had enough, Welbedacht Farm in Wellington awaits his golden touch.

Rugby Wines – from a golfer?!

So there is plenty of choice when it comes to rugby-playing winemakers, which makes it all the more surprising that it is Ernie Els who has ended up getting the rights to make the Rugby World Cup wines! What next I wonder – Retief Goosen of The Goose Wines making a Wimbledon White or Ryk Neethling at Val de Vie producing a Monaco Grand Prix Merlot? The possibilities are endless.

Wine and the World Cup

If you want to drink wine – whoever’s made it - and watch the rugby, then check out all the best spots here. I’d particularly recommend Harry Q pub at De Huguenot in Stellenbosch who’ve got killer breakfast rolls for an early start. If you want to have a party at home, then Chef Caro has got all the best ideas for delicious country themed menus – take a look . And I’ve got 7 Top Sauvignon Blancs from the latest releases for you to try as well.

So happy drinking and go Bokke (and England too!)!

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