England played Macedonia last night and it wasn’t very good. It felt a little like Sven was back again. We didn’t have high hopes for Macedonia, but they put up a surprisingly good showing and deserved the point the gained.
I tried a spot of Macedonian wine at the LIWSF earlier this year. I didn’t have high hopes for it, but the people on the Tikves stand looked so keen it seemed rude not to show an interest. They were promoting Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot, all grown in Macedonia, but I wanted to try something that they would produce without a world market.
I had a couple of whites – Traminec and Temjanika. They were very similar wines, both dry whites with a gentle acidity and light body. They tasted very like Muscat, wine that actually tastes like grapes, fresh, fruity, floral grapes. I was pleasantly surprised. I’d had low expectations of Macedonian wine, but whilst it wasn’t the best I’ve ever tried, it was a lot better than I’d expected, and I suspect it will get better as the country matures.
I suspect the football team may do too.