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Aug
05

Summer sips & swills

© Cape Times Friday 2nd November 2012 As if the countdown to Christmas weren’t frantic and fun-packed enough, it is now festival season once more. Not that I mind that much – after all, how bad can it be to spend lovely sunny, summer days out on beautiful wine farms, surrounded by family and friends eating delicious food and sipping fantastic wine?...
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Aug
05

Raising a glass to Cape wines

© Cape Times Friday 5th October 2012 As I write this, I am still recovering from one of the busiest weeks most South African wine folk have ever experienced. Cape Wine 2012 is probably the biggest wine trade show ever held in South Africa and this show marks a triumphant return after an absence of four years. Listening to buyers, bloggers, educator...
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Aug
05

SAA wines to fly by

© Cape Times Friday 21st September 2012 Some people set a high price on their services. You see pop stars with massive ‘riders’ of stuff that must be in their dressing rooms – cases of champagne, hairdressers and masseuses, enough oysters to sink a ship – that kind of stuff. Well, I know my price now and clearly I have some way to go until I hit th...
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Aug
05

The Big Faure-oh

© Cape Times Friday 7th September 2012 The longer I spend in the wine trade, the more I realise that the greatest quality you can have if you are to succeed as a wine drinker, seller, buyer or winemaker is confidence. I’ve spoken before on the disservice the industry does to itself when it makes wine seem complicated, intimidating and scary to cons...
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Aug
05

Wines with body – and face

© Cape Times Friday 24th August 2012 For most things in life, a touch of the impersonal is fine. For instance, I’m not bothered about attaching too much personality to the brand of toilet paper I choose or which dish washing liquid goes into my sink every day. But when it comes to food and drink, I think many of us feel a little differently. There ...
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Aug
05

The Oldest New World wine country

© Cape Times Friday 10th August 2012 People are very fond of terming South Africa ‘the Oldest New World wine country’ and I really do think that we offer the best of both worlds when it comes to wine. But in terms of how the industry is structured and how change is brought about, SA is still relatively young, and so it came as a surprise to me to r...
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Aug
05

Come on baby, let’s go to the hops

© Cape Times Friday 27th July 2012 Anyone who’s involved in any way with the wine trade, knows the importance of beer. Winemakers generally drink it by the gallon-load during harvest (“It takes a lot of beer to make a good wine”) and after any tasting event you’ll find the bar full of thirsty wine folk waiting to whet their whistles with a pint of ...
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Aug
05

Brit in the Vineyard

© Cape Times Friday 13th July 2012 As a born-and-bred Brit, I often get asked “So what brought you to South Africa in the first place?” And I generally reply “The weather, you speak English and you make wine” which pretty much covers most bases as far as I’m concerned. Of course, having now lived here for more than a decade, I realise how right I w...
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