Last night’s guilty pleasure: Butler’s home-delivery pizza with a glass of dry red while watching ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on the telly.
Earlier in the day I’d read Neil Pendock’s column in the Travel & Food section of the Sunday Times entitled “A who-cares contest”, his take on the recent Global Trader Shiraz Challenge convened by WINE magazine. His argument briefly put is that getting pundits to pass judgement on wine is pointless in that “we’ve all got taste buds and can make our own choices”.
“Dancing with the Stars’ is the US version of hit BBC show ‘Strictly come Dancing’ and sees 12 celebrities paired with professional dancers , contestants being eliminated week by week as they compete for the title of champion.
Presumably Pendock’s position on a dancing competition would be “So what?” Far better to ‘throw your hands in the air/And wave ’em like you just don’t care’ but however B-Grade ‘Dancing with the Stars’ essentially is, there’s still something quite compelling about watching the likes of Elvis Presley’s ex wife Priscilla, actresses Shannon Elizabeth and Marlee Matlin, former tennis champion Monica Seles and Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi trying to master the intricacies of ballroom and Latin American dancing. Presley, for instance, was 62 at the time of the series in 2008; Matlin is “profoundly deaf” according to her own description; and Seles confessed to be far more used to “crushing opponents on court”…
As for who’s any good, it’s obvious to even me who’s got rhythm and who hasn’t, who can bring a little theatre to a particular dance and who can’t but, after a point, it’s insightful to defer to the panel of judges, all dancers by profession, for their expert opinion. Surely the same applies to wine?
Oh, about last night’s vino: Knorhoek Two Cubs Red Blend 2008 38% Merlot, 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 12% Pinotage and 1% Viognier. Great fruit expression and freshness, unobtrusive tannins, very more-ish. R38.95 a bottle from the farm. Pizza wine in the best sense.