Wine – Making Coronavirus Slightly Less Intolerable

As the Coronavirus plays itself out, I have regular moments when it seems to me that writing about wine during such a time is hugely out of step with what’s appropriate to the circumstances. And yet it’s what I do…

As voluntary social distancing turns into compulsory lockdown, there is going to be plenty of time for reflection. The whole experience is obviously unsettling but also strangely invigorating – there’s nothing routine or mundane about life right now and we are all compelled to reassess our values.

One thing’s for sure, I have renewed respect for teachers. According to some, Coronavirus is going to normalize remote classrooms. As the father of a 10-year-old and an eight-year-old, I think not and neither does this Israeli mother of four who cracked on day two of quarantine…

The world does seem to be divided into two types of people right now, the first being denialists (“It’s just the flu”) and the second being panickers (“Honey, do we have enough toilet paper?”). How pleasing, then, to make the acquaintance on Twitter of Arnold Schwarzennegger, his miniature horse Whisky and donkey Lulu. His public service announcements about staying home are sensible but I suspect his no-gym workout that only requires a broomstick might be even more so in the coming days.


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