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Let’s get fizzical !

St Cyprian’s School PA ‘Bubbly Tasting’ with Steenberg Vineyards & Graham Beck Thursday 10 May (6pm for 6:30pm) Venue: The Voorkamer St Cyprian’s School Gorge Road Oranjezicht R150pp Hosted by Cathy Marston (wine educator, Cape Times wine columnist and wine editor of Food24.com), this...

Let’s get fizzical !

St Cyprian’s School PA ‘Bubbly Tasting’ with Steenberg Vineyards & Graham Beck Thursday 10 May (6pm for 6:30pm) Venue: The Voorkamer St Cyprian’s School Gorge Road Oranjezicht R150pp Hosted by Cathy Marston (wine educator, Cape Times wine columnist and wine editor of Food24.com), this...

Staying in pink fizz

© Cape Times Friday 20th April 2012 Autumn is definitely on its way here in Cape Town. All the usual things – leaves falling, temperature dipping, sun getting slower and slower to raise its head in the mornings – and most people are starting...

Staying in pink fizz

© Cape Times Friday 20th April 2012 Autumn is definitely on its way here in Cape Town. All the usual things – leaves falling, temperature dipping, sun getting slower and slower to raise its head in the mornings – and most people are starting...

By their lists ye shall know them

© Cape Times Thursday 5th April 2012 What makes a good wine list? Now there’s a leading question if ever there was one. One person’s good could mean ‘cheap’, another’s might simply be the one which includes their favourite wine and yet another’s might...

By their lists ye shall know them

© Cape Times Thursday 5th April 2012 What makes a good wine list? Now there’s a leading question if ever there was one. One person’s good could mean ‘cheap’, another’s might simply be the one which includes their favourite wine and yet another’s might...

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...