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Wine and… well, whine!

Every time I head off East in the search for grape, I encounter the Whine Route – but that's only because our heads ache the next morning. We typically start at Groot Constantia because of their fabulous Pinotage and reasonable wine-tasting prices. The complimentary glasses are a plus and are useful between vineyards as well. (I recall there was once a waitron at the Spier winefarm who can't have been more than seventeen, but very well-trained. We questioned him about wine: when's the best time to pluck, how one must press his grapes lightly for a rosy glow. Is age ever a factor? He said that their Merlot went best with a good piece of meat – rare, very rare; so we had rump. His name's Jesse; tell him we sent you). Constantia is