The saying in Argentina is “el vino nos une” – wine brings us together.
And one of the coolest meetings I had at the #BestWorldSommARG2016 contest was with sommelier Jorald Julie.
I was at Sunday’s wine fair, a vast space with more than 800 wines, sampling. And suddenly, this guy stops me and says “hey I know who you are. We’ve got a friend in common. Malene Ginete. She told me to look out for you here.”
Jorald is from Mauritius and it turns out he met Malene at the embassy in South Africa when he went to get a visa. Six degrees of separation? One, I reckon.
The world of wine is often considered elitist, but after the camaraderie, friendship, open mentality and buena onda I saw this past week, the fact of the matter is, wine always has and always will bring us together.