Franschhoek to lose French Franchise?


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. No longer the culinary capital of the Winelands according to that guru of grub Cathy Marston writing in the Wine Spectator this month. Less than a week after Bastille Day and Cape Town is flexing its muscles as the true home of French food in SA. Societi Bistro had the press chomping cassoulet this afternoon on Orange Street, washed down with Rupert and Rothschild Classique.

So what if former wine consultant Michel Rolland thinks the operation is owned by the Ruppert family as he writes in his amazing biography Michael Roland: The Guru of Wine on page 182. The R&R labels are now more Francophile than Chateau Lafite and how bizarre that Franschhoek should become Ground Zero for bulk wine trading in SA.

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The only thing missing was a blanc de noir to drink with the salad Nicoise. For Groot Constantia failed to pitch, confirming the severity of the staffing problems on the historic estate with long-serving staff members mercilessly retrenched. With massive unemployment among farmworkers in the wake of last year’s WIETA-inspired farmworkers strike, surely someone could be hired to pour wine?

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On the subject of WIETA, interesting to see WOSA outgoing CEO Su Birch refuse to debate ethical wine on Twitter. Meanwhile farmers are gobsmacked by the amateurish way WOSA is promoting wine in the USA. The latest disaster is to hire a New York poet Seth Indigo Carnes to run a competition with first prize a 10-day trip for two to South Africa.

Seth’s app costs only R10 to download and he’s judging the competition which asks entrants to compose a poem using the wine adjectives “? does ice dream hot touch spiral is delicate my ing instrument or this sense to what !” This competition will surely sell thousands of cases of SA wine in the USA and will also benefit the pockets of Seth and poetry in the Big Apple. Is this yet another WOSA Wonga Whitewash? Sure sounds like one!