The ads say it’s the most popular sport in the world (No, not stalking people on Facebook). I’m talking about soccer. True or not, with the FIFA World Cup starting this week, fans of every other game will have to get used to hearing about it.

 

What’s cool booze-wise is that the host country is South Africa, a wine producer whose liquid personality could use some time in the spotlight.

 

You can toast your favourite team here at home with a glass filled with one of the official limited edition FIFA wines being made by South Africa’s Distell.

 

Rich, with full-on gooseberry aromas and classy citrusy flavours; the 2009 Nederburg Twenty 10 World Cup Sauvignon Blanc ($14.99 - $16.99) is a winner with chicken or white fish; while the 2007 Nederburg Twenty 10 World Cup Cabernet Sauvignon ($14.99 - $16.99) scores with a meat-friendly blend of smoky blackberry, coffee and wood.

 

Peter Rockwell is the everyman’s wine writer, working in the liquor industry for more than 25 years and travelling the globe looking for something to fill his glass and put into words.