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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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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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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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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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