Wine in self-isolation

Published on April 3, 2020

The sound of a cork being pulled from a bottle of good wine is the highlight of the day for many of us currently in self-isolation.

When you’ve been trying to work from home while persuading bored teenagers to knuckle down with their school work or balancing toddlers on your knees with one hand and typing with the other and with no way of escaping and no alternative venues for socialising other than your own front room, the days can be long and hard.

After we have made sure those around us and close to us are well, our own wellbeing should be made a priority. We deserve some time each day to escape, to stimulate our senses with the aromas, tastes and textures of a good wine.  So let’s make time to enjoy a glass or two – either on your own, with family, partners, flatmates or even remotely over a video link.   A good wine inspires contemplation, which is almost always welcome, especially if your conversation is with yourself!

Let’s remember, getting through these tough times does not mean all pleasures must be sacrificed. So, let’s make the best of it and toast, even from afar, the day when we can all get together again, shake hands, hug, kiss and even touch our faces with impunity!

A couple of great wines from the Winecroft winelist are perfect company during self-isolation –  the 2016 Gabriëlskloof Elodie Chenin Blanc, a big and bold South African white made from very old Chenin Blanc vines and the 2015 Domaine Grand Veneur Châteauneuf-du-Pape Rouge ‘Le Miocene’, a gloriously rich red Châteauneuf-du-Pape of the finest quality, from the southern Rhone.

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