Come Saturday and the match between… well, I’m not sure who it will be between… but a bunch of us in New York will be at a little bistro called the Rouge Tomate on 60th Street, watching the match and drinking wine. South African wine, of course.
There’s no better time to promote SA wine, which is going through a buzzy time at the moment anyway. People all over America are talking about Goats do Roam and Mulderbosch and Meerlust and Warwick and Boekenhoutskloof, and more and more liquor stores have a SA wine section.
A couple of weeks ago a fab group called Wines of South Africa held a tasting where there were winemakers from all over the Western Cape in attendance, in the dozens if not hundreds. It was the function to go to.
During the World Cup, Wosa will be hosting events around the city, calling it World Cup Wine Nights, mixing two passions – wine and soccer – giving Americans a chance to try figure out not only what the rules of soccer are but also why they had overlooked SA wines for so long.