Wednesday, 18 February 2015

All's fair in work and love...

I'm going to get an awful lot of flack for this post. I'm hesitant to write anything but my fingers are just running away from me.

I have a friend in a similar industry to me and she has noticed a theme...married (and single) women, under the age of 32, with no children get picked on. There, I said it. All the ladies with babies are going to throw me some shade so let me quickly try and explain.

Said friend works in a PR company and though she has a family (it's her and her husband and their Terrier), that doesn't seem to count towards much. Here's some examples of her plight:

- Friend notices that colleague leaves office every day to pick up child from daycare, no questions asked. On one particular day, friend had to drop husband off at garage for broken car, gets asked a million questions why he can't find someone else to do it.
- Friend attends meeting to brainstorm ideas around an event, it might be a little more work but the return will be phenomenal. Because everyone has kids, she is required to do all the work (after hours) but then the entire team takes the praise.
- Friend gets emails over the weekend that she is expected to answer...spending time with husband is not a valid excuse yet spending time with family (children) is.
There are many little niggles that have come out over a glass of truth juice (wine).

From my side; in a previous job I was bemused when people (mainly men) assumed that I wanted to hang out longer at the office (without pay) rather than go home to my husband. I would receive incredulous looks, often being called boring or not a team player.
Imagine if I left my child alone! God forbid. Why is it not the same? I sure love my husband, he's pretty much the best part of me, so why does he not factor as highly?
Furthermore, I've experienced a few moments whereby my life-experience/knowledge has been questioned because I don't have kids - it's like I don't know anything because I haven't breastfed yet.

Things are even tougher for single females because obviously they don't have a life outside of office hours.

So I leave the above here and am willing to take all criticism/maybe some agreement. Please note that I am not dismissing the hard work of mothers, that would be ridiculous seeing as I have an awesome one.

The above is subject to change should I ever have my own child and then I'll write a follow-up article.

Friday, 13 February 2015

10 wines to make Valentine’s day bearable

You could spend all your money on an expensive dinner out which will likely comprise of frozen shellfish, an over-indulgence of hearts and romantic gestures that will be long forgotten in the morning...OR, you could buy wine, get merry at home and win.
Here are my picks for some good ol' drinking.

1) Pongracz Brut Rose - I know it’s pink but it’s not sweet, sickly or gushing in an overabundance of silly, feminine metaphors. Simply, it’s rich in fruit from the addition of Pinot Noir and has a lovely black cherry essence and long finish.

2) Saronsberg MCC - Green apple, biscotti, almonds: 3 things that I need more of in my life.

3) Eikendal Sauvignon Blanc 2013 - I'm not a SB fan, either too green or more fruit than a mental institution but this well-rated number has a lovely richness to it and no searing acidity from overtly green notes.

4) Thorne & Daughters Rocking Horse -This white blend is something special. Layered, balanced creaminess and a killer label - you have to try it...even if it's difficult to come by.

5) Kanonkop Pinotage Rose 2013
- Very pink and full of strawberries. I feel like a fairy when I drink it, a really awesome fairy.

6) Altygedacht Pinotage 2013 -
Don't like Pinotage because it's jammy and sometimes sour? Not so with this one -this is smooth and moreish, full of red fruit and a hint of gentle oaking.

7) Alvi's Drift Chenin Blanc - Retailing at around R35-40 a bottle, this is a gem that's seriously under-priced. Though it's unwooded, it has good fullness and balanced acidity so you don't feel like your throat is melting. It's a winner for both price and taste.

8) Usana barrel-fermented Chenin Blanc - A splendid find at the Stellenbosch Wine Festival; buttered popcorn, macadamia nuts and good acidity.

9) Groot Constantia MCC Blanc de Blanc (R187 and only 1500 bottles)
- Deliciously creamy with amazing nutty characteristics. It's an absolute beauty and needs to be snapped up quick before they discontinue it.

10) Stellekaya Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 - this is a serious wine for some serious wine whispering. There's no such thing as sweet nothings with this wine, rather deep, meaningful purrs as you become enveloped by dark berries and clean oak.

Need places to buy these wines?
Check out (shameless punt), the wineries themselves, the Bottelary Wine shop and some decent supermarkets.