A enchanting tour of wine to savor over the weekend.
‘Wine is bottled poetry’ * declared Robert Louis Stevenson when visiting the vineyards of Napa Valley, California in the1880s and winemakers around the globe now seem intent on bringing that poetry and creativity to the very names and labels of their products.
A few years ago there was a proliferation of wonderful and weird names to both white and red wines and although a more sedate marketing has taken over the business, there are still some lovely evocative label names as well as the more unusual and peculiar.
A remarkable animal is celebrated in both the name and label of one South African wine. ‘Porcupine Ridge’ winepays homage to the nightly visitors to the vineyard when it welcomes the crested porcupines. Their formidable spines and quills form an impenetrable defence barrier as they arrive in the dark, snuffling for food around the vineyard, forest and fynbos (small belt of natural…
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