Wine Porn!

Got your attention now!

I know a fellow wine blogger who says that most of what wine bloggers do is  WINE or FOOD PORN.  I feel like the old guy at the barber shop.  Barber says to the guy next  to him do you want the cologne, and the guy says no, my wife will think I was at a whorehouse. So the barber asks the old guy if he wants the cologne, and he says sure, my wife doesn’t know how a whorehouse smells.  Like the old guy, my knowledge of porn is limited.

I think my blogger friends  point is wine bloggers take a picture of food or a wine bottle, then think of all kinds of great sounding adjectives to describe the wine, and build to big crescendo.  Lots of oohs and aahs.  Toss in some more pictures.  And I think you get my drift.

Fortunately or unfortunately for you my blog isn’t like that.  My blog is a mind stimulating mixture of history, social science and what not to do English grammar.  Barny Rubble, meets Archie Bunker presented by Yogi Berra. Yeah, I bet you read the wine porn too.

Wine and Porn are not such strange bedfellows.  Wine has been performing rolls in steamy movies since there were steamy movies.  And possibly many, many amature productions as well.  Ever heard of Savanna Samson?  She’s a porn star turned Italian wine maker.  She’s an American who’s real name is Natalie Oliveros.  She is married to an Italian wine merchant and makes some pretty good wine with her partner Roberto Cipresso.  Together they produce a wine called Sogno Uno which was rated by Robert Parker a 91.  They also make two other wines. Savanna also has 12 AVN awards!

Our wine today is a Chenin Blanc Vinum Africa.  I selected the wine because Chenin Blanc sounds like a great name for a porn star or a stripper.  Chenin Blanc is also one of the world’s most versatile grapes.  It can be used to make high quality single varietal wines of various sweetness, make sparkling wines, or be used as a blending agent.

The wines home turf is France in the Loire Valley and has been grown there since 9th Century.  From France the wine moved to South Africa with the Huguenots and the Dutch East India Company. Chenin Blanc is the most widely planted grape in South Africa.  They call it Steen.  Our wine is from South Africa.  The style is a more tropical fruit and lighter in color than the Loire Valley wines. The main difference between Old World and New World  Chenin Blanc is fermentation temperatures.  They are usually higher in France 60 to 68 degree fahrenheit and South Africa and the rest of the world from 50 to 54 degree fahrenheit.  The French tend to use old oak barrels, New World producers like new oak barrels.

img_2730Let’s drink.  I slowly remove the wines capsule, revealing the ample cork below.  Come on folks I’m doing porn here, work with me.  Ah crap, they used a twist off cap!  So, I grabbed the bottle and twisted of the top!  I examined the bottle greedly noticing all the tattoos, 12.5 per cent alcohol, contains Sulfites, I knew it would. The name was Vinum from Africa, South Africa. In the glass the wine was golden blond.  Really beautiful to the eye filling me with anticipation.  The wine’s long legs were notable.  The aroma of peach, lemon and apples filled me with desire, I couldn’t wait to taste.  The flavor was fantastic.  Quite acidic and full of fruity flavours of ripe peaches and passion fruit tartness  the subtle oak ageing adding texture as I lingered enjoying the wine again and again the prominent taste of vanilla developed. This was a great refreshing wine with a great body.  Anyone need a smoke?

All kidding aside this was a really good wine.  Treat it with respect and it will give you pleasure like Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc can’t.  You can drink this wine with just about anything and I recommend that you do.

A word about the maker of Vinum, it’s The Winery of Good Hope, and it’s a business but they say it is also a way of life.  Their philosophy is very  different than most wineries.  For one thing they don’t enter competitions, they don’t seek medals, trophies or status, they want to make a great wine and help the people of South Africa.

Apartheid ended twenty years ago, but social inequality still exists.The Winery of Good Hope is part of a trust called the Land of Hope.  They are focused on education, because you can’t build a new society without giving the people the intellectual capacity to take care of themselves.  Bravo!  Good thinking people. This is the true goal of the winery. 

They belong to BEE Black Economic Empowerment and it isn’t affirmative action, it’s about teaching the skills and principles of economics.  It’s not a hand out, it’s a hand up. One of their motto’s is from Shakespeare “though we be but little, we are fierce”.  Wine is a political force, be it for good or evil, these folks are making a positive difference in a world where a lot of folks are getting it wrong.

I’d buy the wine for that reason alone.

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