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Aug
05

Tastes of the Med

© Cape Times Friday 15th March 2013 Have you ever thought how strange it is that we are all totally familiar with Italian food yet most of us know hardly anything at all about Italian wine? Last weekend everyone was a-buzz with carbo-loading for the Argus and ‘bolognaise’ ‘carbonara’ and ‘fettucine’ were showing up on every chalkboard in town. It’s...
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Aug
05

Cape Sparkle

© Cape Times Friday 15th February 2013 When is champagne not champagne? When it’s an MCC of course. If you have no idea what I’m talking about – not to worry, it’s a subject that often confuses a lot of people. Champagne is a region in France and the term ‘Champagne’ can only be applied to wines made there. Here in South Africa, we make sparkling w...
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Aug
05

Giveaway!

Win a case of 6 wines PLUS 2 tickets to the Stellenbosch Wine Festival Wine Expo! The Stellenbosch Wine Festival has gone large this year – stretching itself to 10 full-on days of wine-filled activities and events. There are special menus at all the top restaurants (and remember that Stellenbosch is currently claiming the Top Dining Town in the Win...
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Aug
05

Power of The Plank

© Cape Times Friday 30th November 2012 Unwooded chardonnays – good, but are they good enough? This is the question I found myself asking after the marvellous De Wetshof Celebration of Chardonnay the other week. Danie de Wet is generally considered the Father of Chardonnay in South Africa, being one of the very first people to plant it, to recognise...
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Aug
05

Helping to fill the new Platter

© Cape Times Friday 16th November 2012 This year was the first time I’ve tasted for the Platter Wine Guide. This institution in the wine world (and not just the South African wine world either) celebrates its 33rd year this year – a far cry from something started on the dining room table of John and Erica Platter back in 1980. They took on the then...
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