The woes of inflation, mortgage rates and general economic uncertainty can be put to one side for the moment as the sporting calendar plays out like a fine wine in all its glory and we have seen some vintage performances.
Where to start?
English cricket has created its own Headingley heroes such as Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, and Harry Brook not to mention Chris Woakes. Sporting Wine Club chose this opportunity to introduce the Ricky Ponting Wine range in particular the Barossa 127 Milestone Shiraz, which commemorates his maiden Ashes century- at Headingley! On to Old Trafford for the next instalment.
Meantime Sophie Ecclestone is masterminding the England Women’s team unprecedented fightback in their own Ashes series – sell-out crowds everywhere and the Aussies are rattled!
Elina Svitolina, recently a mum and now in the Wimbledon Semi Finals after some stunning victories, flies the flag for all underdogs as well as her native Ukraine and for sure will have the Centre Court emotions on her side.
As Rugby World Cup approaches, South Africa put down the most significant of markers with a comprehensive dismantling of Australia at Loftus Versfeld. It may have no significance to Eddie Jones who has as little prep time as does Steve Borthwick but the strength in depth enjoyed by the Springboks, who kept a dozen of the squad out of selection, is enviable. The tournament kicking off in a number of weeks’ time will be very hard on resources which favours the Rainbow nation. The All Blacks are under the radar screen, but they effectively beat Argentina in the first 30 minutes who themselves beat England on their home ground. The encouragement England may take from the relative woes of Australia, Wales, and Argentina on their side of the draw is balanced by the fearsome fact that the top 5 teams in World rugby are playing at a different level. For England, this competition is a shot at nothing so what a wonderful underdog position to be in. We have no option but to treat every match as a one off as we did in 2007 and got to a final (perchance to dream…).
Meantime Schalk Burger Snr and Jnr will be over here in England along with another big name whose wines will soon be in the UK – watch that space, dates coming very soon.
Lastly, Louis Oosthuizen, Sporting Wine Club’s favourite golfer was in good form at the LIV event in Kent over the weekend leading up to the Hoylake Open. His accuracy and neat short game could be a vital attribute on the notorious links course of Royal Liverpool GC.
Stay tuned to this glorious summer of sport and keep a glass of Sporting Wine close to hand!