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SA wines as good as the best

© Cape Times Friday 23rd March 2012 South Africans have a love-hate relationship when it comes to French folk and their wines. We want to believe that our wines are the best in the world, but we constantly feel the need to check and...

SA wines as good as the best

© Cape Times Friday 23rd March 2012 South Africans have a love-hate relationship when it comes to French folk and their wines. We want to believe that our wines are the best in the world, but we constantly feel the need to check and...

Attacking the myth of young sauvignons

© Cape Times Friday 9th March 2012 As a young wine-drinker, I remember going to several wild parties in November to celebrate the very first Beaujolais Nouveau to make it across the English Channel. Why on earth we rushed so much is a mystery...

Attacking the myth of young sauvignons

© Cape Times Friday 9th March 2012 As a young wine-drinker, I remember going to several wild parties in November to celebrate the very first Beaujolais Nouveau to make it across the English Channel. Why on earth we rushed so much is a mystery...

In Sijnn-ly good

© Cape Times Friday 24th February 2012 As the car climbed ever higher up the Blaauwklippen Road, it became something of a toss-up to see which would run out of steam first – an ageing BMW stuffed to the gills with less-than-willowy wine hacks,...

In Sijnn-ly good

© Cape Times Friday 24th February 2012 As the car climbed ever higher up the Blaauwklippen Road, it became something of a toss-up to see which would run out of steam first – an ageing BMW stuffed to the gills with less-than-willowy wine hacks,...

Pinotage’s rising popularity

© Cape Times Friday 10th February 2012 What wine do you choose when you’re out in a restaurant? If you’re a white wine drinker, I bet a high proportion of you choose one of the Big Three – Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Buitenverwachting Buiten...

Pinotage’s rising popularity

© Cape Times Friday 10th February 2012 What wine do you choose when you’re out in a restaurant? If you’re a white wine drinker, I bet a high proportion of you choose one of the Big Three – Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc, Buitenverwachting Buiten...

Less is more when it come to winemaking

© Cape Times Friday 27th January 2012 There is a truism in the wine industry which states “You can make a bad wine from good grapes, but you’ll never make a good wine from bad grapes.” Everything starts in the vineyard, not the cellar,...

Less is more when it come to winemaking

© Cape Times Friday 27th January 2012 There is a truism in the wine industry which states “You can make a bad wine from good grapes, but you’ll never make a good wine from bad grapes.” Everything starts in the vineyard, not the cellar,...

Drooling over Druk my Niet

© Cape Times Friday 13th January 2012 Even after a decade of twisting my tongue, there are still some wine farms in South Africa which floor me. I’m not claiming any kind of an amazing accent, but over the last years, I have managed...

Drooling over Druk my Niet

© Cape Times Friday 13th January 2012 Even after a decade of twisting my tongue, there are still some wine farms in South Africa which floor me. I’m not claiming any kind of an amazing accent, but over the last years, I have managed...

Rather avant garde?

© Cape Times Friday 30th December 2011 Everyone loves champagne. Well, don’t they? Perhaps it’s just me, but I thought that the opportunity to open a bottle of bubbly was something anybody would rush to do. Whether it’s ‘proper’ champagne (the French are highly...

Rather avant garde?

© Cape Times Friday 30th December 2011 Everyone loves champagne. Well, don’t they? Perhaps it’s just me, but I thought that the opportunity to open a bottle of bubbly was something anybody would rush to do. Whether it’s ‘proper’ champagne (the French are highly...

“On the first day of Christmas…”

© Cape Times Friday 23rd December 2011 “On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…..” - can you remember the whole song? I have to confess, I often struggle, so I resorted to the internet to find out more. Quite...

“On the first day of Christmas…”

© Cape Times Friday 23rd December 2011 “On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me…..” - can you remember the whole song? I have to confess, I often struggle, so I resorted to the internet to find out more. Quite...

Take the fuss out of feasting

© Cape Times Friday 9th December 2011 T’was ten days before Christmas, And all throughout the land, Everyone was panicking, “What the heck are we going to do for Christmas lunch this year, because I’m so bored with all the usual stuff?” Hey, c’mon!...

Take the fuss out of feasting

© Cape Times Friday 9th December 2011 T’was ten days before Christmas, And all throughout the land, Everyone was panicking, “What the heck are we going to do for Christmas lunch this year, because I’m so bored with all the usual stuff?” Hey, c’mon!...

Chenin comes into its own

© Cape Times Friday 11th November 2011 Hands up who drinks Chenin Blanc? Okay, then hands up who knows what Chenin Blanc even is? It’s ironic that Chenin is widely acknowledged by experts as being the variety most likely to make SA’s mark on...

Chenin comes into its own

© Cape Times Friday 11th November 2011 Hands up who drinks Chenin Blanc? Okay, then hands up who knows what Chenin Blanc even is? It’s ironic that Chenin is widely acknowledged by experts as being the variety most likely to make SA’s mark on...