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Ahem, if there's good SA wine going, I'm there ( did my Wine Tasting diploma through Cape Wine Academy back in the day :) )
You say! :cool:

... the trouble with South African red is that ( at least this is true for the UK ) the really good stuff seems to stay in SA - apart from a couple of specialist shops I've found ( the one in Kingston-on-Thames is very good ), the supermarkets particularly seem to import the most awful co-op and brands-you-never-heard-of rubbish.

Indeed. Volume sells. To the lowest bidders. International markets are unfortunately suckers for volume @ the lowest prices. Seems a trend in many wine industries exporting their produce. Even gaming software, where they get fed mediocre stuff so much (via marketing etc.) that at times it is a losing battle to ween them off rubbish and try rather CM instead, or by analogy, a De Toren, Veenwouden, Boekenhoutskloof, Kanonkop, Springfield, Jordan, Tokara, Thelema, Rustenberg, Vergelegen, Le Riche ;)

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Indeed. Volume sells.

Bringing to mind, could you make a few suggestions out of our locally available selection?

South Africa is a complete unknown to me as winemaking goes.

http://www.alko.fi/tuotehaku

Selecting "Punaviinit" (red wines), Etelä-Afrikka (South Africa) and then "Hae" from below.

Quite a few to choose from and I've pretty much only managed to figure out I'm more into Cabernet Sauvignon than Merlot. :/

Going ever so slightly off-topic...

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Its lovely to see all the lurkers are prepared to come out of seclusion for a decent WW2 game : )

I will mention the club I belong to, WeBoB, devoted to CM WW2 which remained with the true faith and never allowed CMSF to darken its doors. Hopefully the Battlefront Forum for opponents will spring into life here and there will be plenty of good gaming.

WeBoB was originally formed to cover the problem of unreliable opponents who bailed or went AWOL for months. I hope you are all lucky with your opponents you find on-line and enjoy good banter with your opponents.

For a non-ladder relaxed club WeBoB does exist. Well - relaxed once you have joined; and maintain a game, or be involved in a game each quarter. People who bail on games or cheat* get shown the door!

*I know of only one certifiable cheat that got caught at WeBoB but it did lead us to asking for some extra ID as he was repeatedly trying to re-join. He was later thrown from another club.

http://www.webandofbrothers.de/

And for rare visitors here remember you can e-mail other members through the BF profile

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You say! :cool:

Indeed. Volume sells. To the lowest bidders. International markets are unfortunately suckers for volume @ the lowest prices. Seems a trend in many wine industries exporting their produce. Even gaming software, where they get fed mediocre stuff so much (via marketing etc.) that at times it is a losing battle to ween them off rubbish and try rather CM instead, or by analogy, a De Toren, Veenwouden, Boekenhoutskloof, Kanonkop, Springfield, Jordan, Tokara, Thelema, Rustenberg, Vergelegen, Le Riche ;)

@ WineCape

I still remember the six handpicked bottles of SA's finest you sent over to England for me many years ago free of charge. They were all excellent my friend...all the best to you.

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Bringing to mind, could you make a few suggestions out of our locally available selection?

South Africa is a complete unknown to me as winemaking goes.

http://www.alko.fi/tuotehaku

Selecting "Punaviinit" (red wines), Etelä-Afrikka (South Africa) and then "Hae" from below.

Quite a few to choose from and I've pretty much only managed to figure out I'm more into Cabernet Sauvignon than Merlot. :/

Going ever so slightly off-topic...

Of the list, I'd say the KWV, Zonnebloem, Nederberg, Simonsig, Vergelegen, Rust en Vrede and Allesverloren are reliable names. I don't know all the names on the list as there's a few new ones and I've been out of SA for some years now.

The KWV Pinotage is a personal favourite ( if you ever get the chance, the Middelvlei Pinotage is probably the best Pinotage I ever tasted )

Nederberg cater for mass market and are very successful at keeping their wines tasting the same, year after year ( no mean feat ), so are reliable for someone new to SA wines without being the best.

I'm sure WineCape can give you more info :)

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Nederberg cater for mass market and are very successful at keeping their wines tasting the same, year after year ( no mean feat ), so are reliable for someone new to SA wines without being the best.

See, from my personal standpoint this has never been a plus for me. Wine, for me, is all about exploration. So what could be better than a favorite wine that changes every year? Something new to explore! :)

This is prompting me to go looking for a SA wine bar in the area. I'm pretty sure there is one.

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@ WineCape

I still remember the six handpicked bottles of SA's finest you sent over to England for me many years ago free of charge. They were all excellent my friend...all the best to you.

Manx! Long time no see! Hope you are well and in rude health.

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Of the list, I'd say the KWV, Zonnebloem, Nederberg, Simonsig, Vergelegen, Rust en Vrede and Allesverloren are reliable names. I don't know all the names on the list as there's a few new ones and I've been out of SA for some years now.

The KWV Pinotage is a personal favourite ( if you ever get the chance, the Middelvlei Pinotage is probably the best Pinotage I ever tasted )

Nederberg cater for mass market and are very successful at keeping their wines tasting the same, year after year ( no mean feat ), so are reliable for someone new to SA wines without being the best. I'm sure WineCape can give you more info :)

Jarmo, a lot of .... below par red wines there indeed.

Baneman is correct with the bold names above. Selecting the better ones below from the list, seeing there is NO vintages, but at least these wineries mentioned have consistent quality vintages:

-- Capaia (usually Merlot/Cab/Petit Verdot blend) If it's a 2005 vintage, definitely grab it! ;)

-- L'Avenir Cabernet OK. L'Avenir Pinotage = top class! One of the top 10 (under the reserve "Larouche" label) in South Africa this year.

-- Rust en Vrede Estate cab - usually very elegant, softly structured wines. Their "Estate" (usually Cab/Shiraz/Merlot blend) a delight to drink the last 7-9 vintages.

-- Penny Black (Post House), if it's the 2004 vintage, a good serious blend, heavy style; taste profile close blackcurrant/ liquorice/very minerally, earthy. Have not tasted subsequent vintages.

-- Bellingham Maverick Shiraz - Outstanding wine, though price IS steep, as it sells here for equivalent of 25 euros roughly.

-- Allesverloren Cab - OK to good. I love their Shiraz and Port. Their wines in general heavier, fuller style, high alcohols (due to warmer temperatures in Riebeeck Kasteel area) and tend to be like SA rugby Springbok players: Well-build with finesse. Allesverloren Means "All is Lost" after the farmer lost his farm to a scorched earth policy of the English during the Anglo Boer War during start of 1900's]

-- I assume the Vergelegen Cab-Merlot blend = their titled 2nd label, called the "MILL RACE RED" -- selling here for 6-7 euros. Cant go wrong with this, given the price. Decent. Every year.

BACK TO LURKING ....

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I lurk because I follow the rule, If I have time to post, I have time to play the game. I'd rather be playing the game than posting about it.

The forums are valuble, found countless awnsers to questions.

Can beleive what we did before forums.

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I've been lurking for a couple of weeks in search of more information on the game. Apparently I registered this account in 2006 though, but I don't remember for what.

I've always been more of a Close Combat guy, but I've enjoyed Combat Mission. And it's been awhile since I've had my tactical World War II fix (The Matrix Close Combat re-releases don't really count).

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I've posted more in the last 30 days than in the previous 122 months and still average less than one post every five months since joining.

I've no idea why I'm posting in a thread about wine...

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lately things have been a bit shakey in Christchurch over the last 6 months.

Yeah, Christchurch is my home town. Such a shock to see it get smashed up twice in a few months.

I always used to joke during my visits every two years or so how little anything changes. Well, things will be different next time I go.

Hope you and your best got through it okay, Crocky.

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Sividosi

Thanks for your thoughts we got thru it okay the house not so good just make it water tight for winter which is coming ... the eastern suburbs rally got hammered by liquifaction 350,000 tonnes carted away so far

Powers patchy water just back on but the big worry is the sewer system is stuffed

Roads being patched not repaired that will take another 2 months 1500 problems in roads from Sept 7.1 quake ... 38,000 from feb 6.3 thats what a big quake on top of you only 10km away and 5 deep the 7.1 was 40km away ...... anyway get this damned game out and I can have some stress relief ... working in roading etc we are gonna be busy rebuilding for the next 4-5 yrs

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I've posted more in the last 30 days than in the previous 122 months and still average less than one post every five months since joining.

I've no idea why I'm posting in a thread about wine...

I can do better (worse?).

I'm averaging one post every 7 months.

Less than that actually if you include the two years i lurked prior to actually joining.

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I can do better (worse?).

I'm averaging one post every 7 months.

Less than that actually if you include the two years i lurked prior to actually joining.

1 every 7 months!?!? What's your hurry Soldier?

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I was a big fan of the original CM and it's 2 exspansions.

CM:SF never got a hold of me.

For me it was the opposite. I never really got into the original CM series despite WWII being my favorite subject. Maybe it was just too big a change from hexes for me at the time.

Shock Force on the other hand hooked me completely and instantly despite the fact that I had so little interest in the setting that I didn't even try the demo until last summer.

Now I'm so impatient for the release of Battle for Normandy that I'm uncharacteristically loitering around the forum and actually posting something.

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**slaps head**

Now who was the wiseguy that mentioned wine within hearing distance of Winecape?! Now we get to hear all his South African tall tales of drunken soccer-referee parties and other sordid accounts of debauchery. :rolleyes:

Obviously these guys don't know you like the rest of us do WC.

Oh, and since it looks like no one pointed it out guys, there is an easy-peasy way to find out any member's assigned Battlefront "number". Just place your mouse over their Username and look in the lower left part of the screen. See that number at the end? That is your number. For instance, the one Steve (yes, THAT Steve) uses is 30. MarkEzra's is 9, maybe that's why his head is so big (kidding Mark!). Mine is 238. It doesn't always equate to sequential join dates, but it is a fair indicator of just how long we have all been under the spell of Battlefront.

I suppose I should be classified as a bit of a lurker- I wasn't around for the majority of "Battlefront: The Shock Force Years".

:D

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I suppose I should be classified as a bit of a lurker- I wasn't around for the majority of "Battlefront: The Shock Force Years".

:D

Ditto.

My original number, from 1999 vintage I believe, got lost in some form of forum shake-up. I applied to have it restated but got a message from Mad Matt saying that they were too busy! So stuck with the 2001 number.

Hoping that CMBN can re-ignite the old spark.

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