Neil Pendock‘s Sour Grapes cuts through the South African wine industry to uncork its vinous myths, revealing the veritas in the Cape vino.
Irreverent, opinionated, always amusing, Pendock probes incisively beneath the tannic skin of the wine world. This book gives a refreshingly sceptical view of the entourage of wine commentators – the VIPs, the writers, the connoisseurs and the amateurs, the charlatans and the experts, the professionals and the detractors – the people who really make our local wines tick.
Presenting an idiosyncratic view of South African wine, Neil Pendock illuminates some of the fascinating characters who contribute to the frothy spittoon in the kingdom of Bacchus at the continent’s southernmost tip. In what is not so much a book about wine itself, as it is about the people who talk about, write about and make wine “the Bacchic chattering classes“ ultimately, the author chooses humour as the best way to approach the subject.
Neil Pendock is South Africa’s most prolific wine journalist and a regular contributor to the Sunday Times and Financial Mail. Voted the People’s Wine Writer for 2007 and South Africa’s Most Trusted Palate by Wine Magazine. Sour Grapes is a must have for any South African wine aficionado.