#WineSquad: Animal Planet Division

I’ve got a wine squad. It’s made up of lawyers, distillers, teachers, singers, Twitter & Instagram friends, and international wine bloggers. We like wine. We roll deep. Or at least I thought we did, until I saw the wine squad from Vergenoegd Wine Estate. They’ve got me beat. By a lot. And they’re way cooler than my squad. #Ducks

(C) Vergenoegd Wine Estate

A Pinotage Contract Party

File Sep 29, 7 46 19 PMI’ve been doing a lot of contract drafting lately and sometimes it makes your eyes glaze over, but once I finish an agreement, there’s a sense of accomplishment that comes with it. Husband wanted to know why the two people or entities involved in a contract are referred to as “parties”. Is there a party going on somewhere that I don’t know about? I couldn’t find much on the history of why this term is used, but Dictionary.com says that:

Party meaning ‘a specific individual’ is old in the language, going back to the 15th century, and was formerly in common use. Today, it remains standard in limited senses, chiefly the legal, and is often used humorously or condescendingly: the party holding the balloon. The word person is the neutral and common term.

Since I finished revising not one but THREE contracts today[1], I decided I’d throw myself a party. A wine party. A wine party where I come home and drink some wine, blog about it, and then watch Netflix[2]. Great party!
To:                   Alleged Blog Readers
From:              WineEsquire
Date:               September 29, 2015
Wine:              2012 Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Pinotage
This has a strong, funky nose. Almost a farm smell; maybe some hay, maybe a bit of must, maybe some manure. Funky is not always a good thing, and I was a bit nervous before I took a sip. But with just one sip, I was pleasantly surprised. On the drier side, with tannins that make you chew a bit. A hint of cherry and tobacco, with a medium finish. Long thin legs that run down the glass at a fast pace.

Was this a knock your socks off, epic wine? No, but it was an astounding value at $7.95 and perfect for a quiet Tuesday night. Perfect to have in the wine rack for Contract Parties such as this.

Wine Dossier
This particular Pinotage comes from a very old South African winery. In 1791, Philippus Wolvaart spent to 5,600 Guilders[3] to open Nederburg. It has gone through several owners since then (obviously) and is now run by Romanian-born, Razvan Macici, who comes from a family of wine makers. Pinotage is a popular South African varietal, a bit lesser known, but definitely worth exploring. Apparently its suffered from a bad reputation, but Husband and I have been drinking it for years, so you should too!


Lawyer Footnotes
[1] And a million other things.
[2] Unlike this lawyer, I’m not going to bill my client for the wine and Netflix part.SavorItaly (2)
[3] Guilders used to be the currency of the Netherlands. The Dutch played an integral role in early South African settlements in the 1600s.

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