Harry Reginald Haddon – Backsberg


The latest addition to the Backsberg team is so hot he melts plastic. Harry Reginald knows just when to turn on the charm and he loves combining wine with passion and literature with romance. When he’s not coordinating the marketing department of Backsberg, he spends time drinking (only the best) wine. Harry express his passion for wine through his love for writing – discover the real story behind this red hot sex god. Many ladies will be more than willing to lick every single drop of wine from his seductive lips and I don’t think he’ll be complaining…

Q: Single?
A: Indeed

Q: If you were a type of wine, what variety would you be?
A: Either an Oxidative Chenin, or an earthy Syrah. No wait, those are just wines I like. Chenin, I’ll be a Chenin.

Q: What’s your favourite wine at Backsberg?
A: A toss up between the new MCC (07) and the 2008 John Martin Sauvignon Blanc

Q: Share a secret of Backsberg that we probably don’t know?
A: We are the only Estate to grow vines underground.

I’m joking, I really hope you didn’t fall for that. I’ve only been here a month, so too soon for secrets, but I can tell you two facts that you might not know. We make South Africa’s only Kosher Cap Classique. And it kicks ass, Hebrew style.
Also, Mr C.L. Back arrived in Cape Town fleeing Lithuania, and started out as a delivery boy in Adderley Street. He worked and worked until he had enough money, and bought a butchers shop at Paarl Station. Then he sold the shop and bought a farm. That same farm is still family owned and run and where I work today. Pretty cool.

Q: If you could be born into history as any famous person who would it be and why?
A: Hugh Johnson. That guy has had more amazing wines and dinners than I have had hot showers. Not famous enough? OK, well in that case I’d go for Erwin Schrödinger, he was a rocking  physicist. No wait, I’d be Tom Robbins, I’d give my left ball to write like Tom Robbins. Or possibly John Fowles. OK, so I’d really like to be reborn having the wine and food of Hugh Johnson, the brain, torrid affairs and cat of Schrodinger, and the writing skills of Robbins and Fowles. You could call be Hughwin Schrofobbins.

Q: If you had to choose between a millions bucks and being able to fly, which would you choose?
A: Do you know how much money you could make if you could fly?

Q: What’s the longest you’ve gone without taking a bath?
A: At least a year. You see the house I was staying in only had a shower. But if you mean how long I’ve gone without a good scrub, I’d have to say about 4 days. I was living in a park in Paris.

Q: Have you ever thrown up in a car?
A: No, well maybe. Out the window sure. But the worst was emptying my guts in a rush-hour London train. It was awful. Ruined a poor lady’s grocery shopping. I was sick though, not drunk.

Q: Are you a morning person or a night person?
A: Writing and working are far easier for me in the morning. And I really do enjoy the early morning light, although I tend to see it without sleeping more often than is probably healthy.

Q: What is one unique thing are you afraid of?
A: Chocolate/Coffee Pinotage. It started off as a slight annoyance, then it developed into a dislike, then hate, and now I am simply terrified of the stuff. I have nightmares where the only wines I can buy have Mocha, or Coffee, or latte on the label. Shoo, those wines give me the willies.

Q: You have the opportunity to sleep with any celebrity of your choice. Who would it be?
A: Tough. definitely Erwin Schrodinger. Kidding. I think I’d go for a threesome with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson, accompanied by dinner with some Burgundy and bottle or two from the Northern Rhone I reckon. Ooh, and something freaky and natural from the Jura to have afterwards.

Q: Do you think people should eat the fish they catch or let them go?
A: If it is the right size and not endangered then one should eat it. I prefer to order my fish though.

Q: Do you dance crazy when no one’s looking?
A: I do. I have also been seen dancing, like crazy and with vigor, on the top of hay bales. All I can say, your ego bruises better when you are alone and fall.

Q: If you could take a year off an go travelling, where would it be?
A: Where ever good wine is made. I’d start in the Rhone and make my way up through France to Champagne, then onto Germany, I’d pop down into Italy, then hit up Spain and Portugal. Then possibly sail across to South America where I would drink lots of Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc. then, oh, you get the idea.

Q: You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist off the earth. Who would it be?
A: Too many to destroy. Justin Bieber would be a good start. Hopefully he would be with Nickleback at the time and they can go along with. Abba too. Does Idols count? Actually, can I destroy reality television instead?

Q: What’s your favourite word?
A: Libidinous

Q: 3 things you cannot live without?
A: Air, water, food.

Or, as you would have be answer: wine, language, high-fiving

Q: Would you rather be good looking or rich
A: Rich. Unless I was so good looking it made me rich.

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