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Aug
05

Grape vs Grain round 2 – the Cheese is ON!!

If you were at Taste of Cape Town, you might have caught Lucy Corne, beer supremo, and me having a face-off about what beverage goes best with food. Wine and I won that round, although it was a worryingly close encounter (especially with her trump card of Boston Breweries Pumpkin Ale) and now she’s out for revenge this weekend! The SA Cheese Festiv...
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Aug
05

Grape Vs Grain, Pick a Side

© Cape Times Thursday 17th April 2014 In days gone by, people didn’t move around very much. They stayed in their little corner of Bordeaux or Piedmont, ate the food that they grew or caught and made wine to go with that food. Personally, I think wine is much better with food and I’m not talking about grease-laden plates of junk food used to soak up...
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Aug
05

How do you buy your wine?

© Cape Times Friday 20th March 2014 How do you buy your wine? Do you load a couple of bottles into your basket as you scurry around the supermarket? Do you take time out to go and get specialised advice from a store? Or do you prefer to do your shopping online in the wee small hours of the morning and get it delivered later? A few decades ago, we w...
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Aug
05

Finding the key to Chardonnay

© Cape Times Friday 21st February 2014 I seem to be going through a bit of a Chardonnay craze at the moment. I began the year with an interesting clonal tasting of Richard Kershaw’s 5 star chardonnay from Elgin which was re-tasted again in a well-organised Elgin Wine Valley ‘tweet-up’ last week at Caroline’s Fine Wines. And now here is another wine...
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Aug
05

First Jordan Wine Estate Women in Wine Interns arrive in Stellenbosch

The first two candidates for the Jordan Wine Estate Women in Wine Initiative, launched in October 2012 in London by Kathy Jordan, have arrived in South Africa to experience and participate in the 2014 vintage at Jordan Wine Estate. The response to the invitation to apply for this experience was overwhelming with candidates applying from all over th...
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