I wish you would all feel sorry for me…..I'm down to a last glass of box red wine. We are going to be addressed by the President tomorrow - if he hasn't got news that he is unbanning liquor sales I'll be back on the old alcohol free beer. Just because there is a nation that cannot drink for the enjoyment but always has to get blotto and knock the shit out of their wives and kids, we who only imbibe with a meal or just before…have to suffer with the rif-raf. Bloody hell.
Oh, I feel sorry for you but at the same time, I would be fascinated to see the reaction if this sort of decision were ever taken in France. Depending on the region, only from 7.1% to 12.6% of the French drink alcohol every day, so the majority of people would not be frantic immediately, but it probably wouldn't take long for the desire to become extreme.
I looked up the figures for South Africa and was surprised to see that it is #5 in the world for alcohol consumption after 1. Tunisia (WTF???) 2. Cook Islands 3. Eswatini and 4. Namibia. As for drinking every day, I didn't see those figures, but I saw that white men are the biggest drinkers (69.8%) and Indian/Asian women drink the least (15.2%).
Then again, a different study showed South Africa in only the 30th place with Belrus as #1 (much easier to believe than Tunisia!).
Since everybody lies about how much alcohol they drink, it must be super difficult to obtain authentic statistics.
The very last glass of red from the box BUT, tomorrow we celebrate the lifting of the ban on alcohol sales. Bottle shops open at 9am and will close at 5pm, not the usual 8 pm. That will prevent sales to people who knock off work at 5pm . They will have to get their tipple during the lunch hour...
You guessed it - I visited the bottle shop with a fist full of dollars! I don't thingkI have ever bought so much liquor in one hit. With the threat of another alcohol ban looming we are now well and truly stocked up for the next 6 months. I wish I could say it is all quality bottles that I love - especially the Rieslings, but no, I have had to resort to perfectly quaffable wine but it does not give you those goosebumps a real stonking wine exudes.
I was going to buy some wine at the supermarket but the stock people were so hard at work putting things on the shelves that I considered it inacessible with all of the cartons and carts and decided to go without.
Whatagain I see that your Saint Espephe 1994 is made up of 60% Cabernet Sauv., 37% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc. There seems to be a huge jump in price from '94 - 16euros to '97 at 31 euros. Your daughter should really like the Monbazillac (Chateau Belingard 1995) as being a desert wine is described as Lush and balanced . Here it would set me back R500 ….25euros.