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Sunday, November 18, 2001

Drink to me only with thine eyes...
On Saturday we ventured out on the world famous Ferdinand's No1 Fun Tour. Now if turns out that Ferdinand is on SA's Big Brother at the moment so he famous across SA. His wine tours are legendary too - for good reason. Four different vineyards in and around Stellenbosch with five wines at every one and lunch thrown in. All for 235 rand. The tour was fascinating for those of us that remained sober enough to care. I didn't realize how little I knew about wine. Even the really basic stuff like why does red wine get better with age and white wine worse? We sampled some Cape Crystal (?). A methode champagnoise wine and we were so impressed we bought a couple of bottles - 38 rand (just under 3 quid) a bottle. Not bad! However after the third vineyard almost everything tasted good. The answer to the eternal question spit or swallow? was answered very firmly as the latter.

By 6pm things had deteriorated such that Bacchus himself would have though us lushes. The 30 people on the tour were in two mini-buses. As we drove back along the motorway the buses kept overtaking each other as we all did moonies (and worse) out the windows at each other. Nearly all the wine we bought was drunk on the way back and more consumed at a pub we stopped at too. As we passed the hospital where the first heart transplant was performed in 1967 I could help but think that I hope they do liver transplants too.

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