Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2010

By , 23 May 2012



Southern belle.

Canapé lunch prepared by the Cape Grace hotel today to “rub shoulders” with the “world renowned celebrity chefs” appearing at the Good Food and Wine Show happening at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from tomorrow until Sunday.

My (somewhat inane) question to Whitney Miller, from Poplarville, Mississippi and who was 22 when she won MasterChef USA in 2010 was her favourite food and wine pairing to which she replied she didn’t drink wine for “religious regions”.

BBC celebrity chef Valentine Warner, meanwhile, seems like a pretty cool cat. “Don’t really like these media functions. Get tired of the sound of my own voice”. He was later seen swimming in the hotel’s outdoor pool despite the somewhat wintery conditions.

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut 2010 was the drink of the moment – hint of aldehydic character but generally fruity and fresh with an energetic mousse. Very palatable but will only get more interesting with some bottle age. Score: 16/20.


1 comment(s)

  • Kwispedoor23 May 2012

    Bound to blow open a hornet’s nest, writing about religion, Christian (There’s an unintended pun if I ever saw one. I’m getting a shield so long to block the stones)! I feel compelled to say just a little something though, because a wind of despair blows through me when I hear about people who don’t drink wine for religious reasons.

    It’s okay, I suppose, if it’s due to a non-Christian belief system: it’s everyone’s right to practice their own religion or whatever. It’s very much okay if there’s a history of substance abuse in the family or if you’ve had some bad alcohol-related experiences – perhaps it’s better to simply avoid all alcohol then. However, more often than not, such people are Christians that’s been fed a bunch of twisted theology or they’ve read a few taken-out-of-context scriptures and base their abstinence upon that (there’s an awful lot of both those going around). The Bible says that “use” is good, but “abuse” is bad. Heck, they hardly had anything else to drink in Biblical times (a whopping 13 words for wine are used in the Bible – nine Hebrew and four Greek)!

    However, like with many, many issues, you’ll always find someone able to twist the Bible into affirming their own beliefs, except of the other way around. Sadly, some Christians sometimes are the worse advertisements for Christianity (the recent deplorable reaction of the Nazareth Baptist Church to Brett Murray’s “The Spear” painting is a case in point)… And even Jesus, back in the day, was branded a “glutton and a drunkard” (Matt. 11:19).

    Having said that, I don’t think abstinence has ever hurt anyone too badly. So it’s not exactly evil, just sad (if it’s based on “Christian” beliefs)…

    “Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do” (Ecclesiastes 9:7)

    I can dig that – cheers! 

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