Good Value Guru and Swartland Swashbuckler Neil Pendock was recently imported by Portugal for a wine gig. Upon his return, he decided to eschew the mainstream press and,satellite TV stations,for an exclusive interview with WineGoggle.
What was your mission in Portugal?
Tasting for An?+¦???+¦?+¦-+?-íbal Coutinho’s blind-tasting wine guide Guia Popular de Vinhos which will be published in Portuguese in September.
Is there a future in exporting wine critics for service to other countries?
Definitely, if it can advance the cause of blind-tasted assessment., Anyone can do business class golf jaunts to the Third World, taste the products of your host sighted and wax lyrical., Sighted assessment is a scam ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ in the May edition of Good Taste magazine editor Colin Collard reveals that “Last year we gave Platters more than half a dozen examples where their judges had given different scores to identical wines ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ the only difference being in the packaging and the names on the bottles.”, Which would be a joke if local supermarket chains did not use these dishonest ratings to list wines. ,
Is Portugal the next Big Wine Thing from Europe?
Unfortunately not for SA consumers as Portuguese producers are still incredibly parochial ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ focusing on Portuguese speaking markets like Angola and Brazil and dealing with Portuguese ex-pats in SA rather than the best importer/retailer available.,
Are there any specific cultivars you think would adapt particularly well here in SA?
Arinto and Alvarino ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ and that’s only white cultivars starting with “A” ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ they have over 300 others., To see why, taste them.
In which regions should they be planted?
Warm appellations like the Paardeberg.
We in SA are obsessed with signature varietal(s). Is there a specific wine or cultivar that holds the Porra flag, or are they not concerned about it?
Touriga Na?+¦???+¦?+¦-+?+¦+ªional is the big name, but each region has a local hero., For example, the Bonny and Clyde of Bairrada is Baga (red) and Maria Gomes (white).,
Did you tell the Porras that their wine is scarce in SA and they should do something about it?
That being cork country, has the move to screw-cap cottoned on?
How much bacalhau can a human eat in two weeks?
We were served it five times until Luan developed a lucky psychosomatic fish allergy that we told our hosts about before we arrived.
Certain SA wine critics reckon you can’t taste wine properly with food containing garlic. This is surely not applicable to Portugal?
In Portugal, you can’t taste wine without garlic in the food as then the food tastes odd.
What can the Porras teach us about wine marketing?
There is more to life than Bordeaux blends, Burgundy and bowties.
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