As the only wine blogger with a Physed degree* i feel it’s my duty to comment on, and predict a winner for the FIFA World Cup tournament happening right now in Russia.
Many methods are used to predict sportsing ball winners. Paul the Octopus, Achilles the deaf Oracle cat, and Flopsy the Kangaroo are just some of the animals used to predict a winner. So I thought, rather than use animals, metrics or “algorithms” [whatever they are] to predict a winner, let’s look at the wine produced by each country to predict a winner. Here’s my argument for each team that i think has a chance to win.
4th Place – Germany. Their Fußball team takes a back seat to nobody. But the fear of mispronouncing “Gewürztraminer” (German: [ɡəˈvʏɐ̯tstʁaˈmiːnɐ]) sadly places them low on the #WineWorldCup2018 list.
3rd Place – Portugal. I don’t love Portuguese wines that aren’t Port, with the exception of a Vinho Verde on a warm day – but Portugal’s best and most beautiful player, Ronaldo, is a teetotaler – so his team can’t really be taken seriously. But hey, if you’re the best looking man on the pitch with over 2 billion people watching did you really lose?
Runner Up – France. My favourite thing about the French soccer team is their kit [or jersey as we say this side of the pond] featuring le coq. My second favourite thing is rose wine from any French region.
Paparazzi photo of me drinking Rosé in Provence
#WineWorldCup 2018 Winner – Spain. One word – “Muga”. I have a well documented love affair with this pink nectar, the love child of Dionysus and Ariadne. It’s certainly the most photogenic wine in the world. Take that Cristiano Ronaldo.
Paparazzi photo of Muga in my back yard
Wines to drink this summer …
Muga Rosé 2017 Spain
—VINTAGES#: 603795 | 750 mL bottle $14.95 Released June 9
La Vieille Ferme Rose France
—LCBO#: 622134 | 750 mL bottle $11.95
Alianca Vinho Verde Portugal
—LCBO#: 75663 | 750 mL bottle $9.35
Pierre Sparr Gewürztraminer
it’s actually from Alsace but close enough right, and hey, another vote for France
—LCBO#: 373373 | 750 mL bottle $17.95
*footnote re. being the only wine blogger with a PE degree [a fact that i can’t actually verify so can somebody please add me as a reliable source on Wikipedia]