The famous film reviewer Joe Bob Briggs had a golden rule regarding actresses. “Never judge actresses by their acting talents, but by the size of their hooters.”
Rubbish ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ what about calves, thighs and that cute little piece of neck-skin rising up from the cleavage?
If you take the trouble of having a contest for woman only, looks and a cute personality have to be taken into account, if not determining the end result. This is why this year’s Woman Winemaker of the Year Competition was so disappointing.
In the past, the ladies entering were urged to take ownership of their womanhood. They had to go through a set of interviews talking about woman and wine. Then the finalists were presented to those attending the event where the SA Woman Winemaker of the Year was crowned. This gave attendees chance of checking out the talent as the organisers took a page out of the Miss Langkloof Pageant by having the ladies parade up, and down the venue before announcing the winner.
Okay, so some of the past finalists would not have looked out of place at the Middelburg Angora Goat Finals. But thanks to the Woman Winemaker Competition we learnt how to spot the babes. And let’s face it, wine made by a honey whose jeans fit her like the label on a Magnum of Petrus is just going to taste better than the stuff made by some dog in Crocs and a Maties Hockey First Team sweatshirt.
Unfortunately budget constraints or a bunch of rampant feminists ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ possibly a dyke or two ?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-ú?+¦+¦ has forced the Woman Winemaker Competition to follow the boring route. Wines were entered?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-+?-+blah, blah?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-+?-+.wines were judged?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-+?-+blah, blah?+¦-+???+¦-ú?-¦?+¦-+?-+.and the results were announced via press release.
Which states the following:
Andrea Freeborough, cellar master at the Bergkelder in Stellenbosch, clinched the coveted 2010 Landbouweekblad SA Woman Winemaker of the year title with her 2009 Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest.,
Andrea was born and raised in the Eastern Cape., She says that she knew winemaking was her career of choice after a holiday on a wine farm in the Helderberg when she was only fourteen years old.,
,”I love what I do, every vintage brings with it its own challenges and opportunities and I enjoy the fact that there is not a lot of predictability when you make wine., You work with what nature gives you, and my aim is to make wines that will appeal to social wine lovers, as well as wine experts alike” says Andrea.
Andrea,wowed the judges with her 2009 Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest, a wine made from 90% Chenin Blanc, 6% Semillon and 4% Weisser Reisling., Andrea’s win was no lucky coincidence as the wine that scored the second highest mark was also made by her: a 2009 Unfiltered Fleur du Cap Chardonnay.
She beat 77 wine entries from 32 woman winemakers across South Africa in this year’s competition, which is sponsored by Landbouweekblad, the country’s leading agriculture and agri-business publication., The competition took place for the seventh time this year and entries showed a marked increase from the 2009 competition where 64 wines from 28 winemakers were tasted.,
The 2010 competition was judged in one round only as the interview leg of the judging had been done away with.,
“The decision was taken because nowadays all winemakers are expected to be more than a winemaker, but an ambassador for their winery and ultimately South Africa., Whereas the second round of judging (personal interviews with the judges) in the past was aimed at finding an ambassador and role model from the top entrants, that seems somewhat redundant now,” says Lorraine Immelman, founder of the competition.
The winning winemaker wins a cash prize of R25 000 and the Landbouweekblad Woman Winemaker of the Year Trophy.,
Previous winners are (babe scale in commas): Ivy du Toit-Oates,from Jason’s Hill Private Cellar (7/10), Debbie Thompson,from Simonsig (9/10), Eleonor Visser, formerly from Winecorp (7/10), Susan Wessels,from Vrede en Lust (8/10), Erika Obermeyer (6/10) from Graham Beck wines in Franschhoek and Ntsiki Biyela (7/10) from Stellekaya.
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