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“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...

Swartland’s revolutionaries

© Cape Times Friday 11th November 2011 I started this column just over a year ago with the admission that I wasn’t that keen on Swartland red wines. Since today marks the start of the second, swashbuckling Swartland Revolution, I am still frankly a...

Swartland’s revolutionaries

© Cape Times Friday 11th November 2011 I started this column just over a year ago with the admission that I wasn’t that keen on Swartland red wines. Since today marks the start of the second, swashbuckling Swartland Revolution, I am still frankly a...

Now’s the time to drink pink

© Cape Times Friday 28th October 2011 Spring is quivering on the edge of existence – some days you think it’s skipped us all together and gone straight for summer, other days you’re forcibly reminded that winter hasn’t let us go just yet. But...

Now’s the time to drink pink

© Cape Times Friday 28th October 2011 Spring is quivering on the edge of existence – some days you think it’s skipped us all together and gone straight for summer, other days you’re forcibly reminded that winter hasn’t let us go just yet. But...

How the Cape got its sparkle

© Cape Times Friday 14th October 2011 “On the count of three – one, two, three, GO!” Simonsig co-owner and cellarmaster Johan Malan might have been feeling nervous at the thought of letting a bunch of untrained journalists and wine-drinkers loose on his beloved...

How the Cape got its sparkle

© Cape Times Friday 14th October 2011 “On the count of three – one, two, three, GO!” Simonsig co-owner and cellarmaster Johan Malan might have been feeling nervous at the thought of letting a bunch of untrained journalists and wine-drinkers loose on his beloved...

Down to earth wine making

© Cape Times Friday 16th September 2011 Everyone’s talking ‘terroir’ at the moment in the world of wine. What is it, I hear you ask? Well, it’s the combination of soil type, site aspect (does it face east/south/north and is it flat or on...

Down to earth wine making

© Cape Times Friday 16th September 2011 Everyone’s talking ‘terroir’ at the moment in the world of wine. What is it, I hear you ask? Well, it’s the combination of soil type, site aspect (does it face east/south/north and is it flat or on...

How to become a Garagiste

© Cape Times Friday 2nd September 2011 They say that the best way to make a small fortune in the wine industry is to start with a big one. Times are hitting wine farms hard with prestigious names such as Klein Constantia, Kanu and...

How to become a Garagiste

© Cape Times Friday 2nd September 2011 They say that the best way to make a small fortune in the wine industry is to start with a big one. Times are hitting wine farms hard with prestigious names such as Klein Constantia, Kanu and...

A wine that’ll keep on giving

© Cape Times Friday 19th August 2011 Are there many things better in life than sitting back on a sunny Sunday morning, surrounded by delicious home-baked food and with a glass of good wine in your hand? I think not, which was why I...

A wine that’ll keep on giving

© Cape Times Friday 19th August 2011 Are there many things better in life than sitting back on a sunny Sunday morning, surrounded by delicious home-baked food and with a glass of good wine in your hand? I think not, which was why I...

Creating magic blends

© Cape Times Friday 5th August 2011 On the face of things, making wine is a pretty easy job. Plant a vine, grow some grapes, pick ‘em, squeeze ‘em, ferment ‘em then clean it up and stick it in a bottle – job done....

Creating magic blends

© Cape Times Friday 5th August 2011 On the face of things, making wine is a pretty easy job. Plant a vine, grow some grapes, pick ‘em, squeeze ‘em, ferment ‘em then clean it up and stick it in a bottle – job done....