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Hot Winter wine fests

© Cape Times Friday 20th May 2011 Winter is a funny time of year in the wine world. Things slow down in the vineyards and cellar as the vines go into dormancy and the wines spend the cold winter months brooding in barrels. For...

Hot Winter wine fests

© Cape Times Friday 20th May 2011 Winter is a funny time of year in the wine world. Things slow down in the vineyards and cellar as the vines go into dormancy and the wines spend the cold winter months brooding in barrels. For...

It’s hard knocking it back

© Cape Times Friday 20th May 2011 It’s very hard to get sympathy when your job is working in the wine industry. After all, it’s not as if we sweat it out day after day in the salt mines of Siberia, face a constant...

It’s hard knocking it back

© Cape Times Friday 20th May 2011 It’s very hard to get sympathy when your job is working in the wine industry. After all, it’s not as if we sweat it out day after day in the salt mines of Siberia, face a constant...

Reds come in from the cold

© Cape Times Thursday 6th May 2011 One of the most exciting, new wine-producing areas in SA is Elgin, perched high above Cape Town and Strand, at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass. Along with the cool coastal regions of Walker Bay, Agulhas and...

Reds come in from the cold

© Cape Times Thursday 6th May 2011 One of the most exciting, new wine-producing areas in SA is Elgin, perched high above Cape Town and Strand, at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass. Along with the cool coastal regions of Walker Bay, Agulhas and...

Mine meets rock-solid match

© Cape Times Thursday 21st April 2011 I don’t imagine that genial, mild-mannered, five-foot-something Gary Jordan gets compared to The Incredible Hulk very often, but it was a comparison which sprang irresistibly to mind at the launch of some new wines last week. Bruce...

Mine meets rock-solid match

© Cape Times Thursday 21st April 2011 I don’t imagine that genial, mild-mannered, five-foot-something Gary Jordan gets compared to The Incredible Hulk very often, but it was a comparison which sprang irresistibly to mind at the launch of some new wines last week. Bruce...

Seymour strikes gold

© Cape Times Friday 8th April 2011 The Chinese have a saying ‘If you can stay in business for 1,000 days, you can remain in business for 1,000 years.’ I’m not sure if Seymour Pritchard is planning quite so long a stay, but this...

Seymour strikes gold

© Cape Times Friday 8th April 2011 The Chinese have a saying ‘If you can stay in business for 1,000 days, you can remain in business for 1,000 years.’ I’m not sure if Seymour Pritchard is planning quite so long a stay, but this...

Of fynbos, butter and nougat

© Cape Times Friday 25th March 2011 How much do you spend on a bottle of wine? Under R50? Under R100? Are you lucky enough to have a budget of R200 a bottle for everyday drinking – and if so, are you single and...

Of fynbos, butter and nougat

© Cape Times Friday 25th March 2011 How much do you spend on a bottle of wine? Under R50? Under R100? Are you lucky enough to have a budget of R200 a bottle for everyday drinking – and if so, are you single and...

It’s a tie!

It’s a tie!! All the entries are in for the Riesling slogan competition, the judges have contemplated and cogitated and have finally narrowed the choice down to two slogans. But that’s as far as they’ve got!! So now it’s over to you – they...

It’s a tie!

It’s a tie!! All the entries are in for the Riesling slogan competition, the judges have contemplated and cogitated and have finally narrowed the choice down to two slogans. But that’s as far as they’ve got!! So now it’s over to you – they...

What a dish this route is

© Cape Times Friday 11th March 2011 What’s your idea of a perfect holiday? Are you a suntanning beach-freak, a museum-loving culture vulture, an all-inclusive cruiser (which sounds a bit rude) or an action-packed adrenalin junkie? Personally, I’m none of those, a good holiday...

What a dish this route is

© Cape Times Friday 11th March 2011 What’s your idea of a perfect holiday? Are you a suntanning beach-freak, a museum-loving culture vulture, an all-inclusive cruiser (which sounds a bit rude) or an action-packed adrenalin junkie? Personally, I’m none of those, a good holiday...

Fun is key to perfection

© Cape Times Friday 15th February 2011 Whenever I go out for a meal, one of my hardest dilemmas is when people hand me the wine list and want me to order the wine. I say ‘dilemma’ because, although I dearly want to have...

Fun is key to perfection

© Cape Times Friday 15th February 2011 Whenever I go out for a meal, one of my hardest dilemmas is when people hand me the wine list and want me to order the wine. I say ‘dilemma’ because, although I dearly want to have...

Rhone rangers riding high

© Cape Times Friday 11th February 2011Hands up who knows what an ‘SMG’ is? No? Well how about an ‘SMV’ then? No – it’s not a ‘slow motor vehicle’ or a confused flavour enhancer, it’s actually shorthand for a Rhône blend which contains a...

Rhone rangers riding high

© Cape Times Friday 11th February 2011Hands up who knows what an ‘SMG’ is? No? Well how about an ‘SMV’ then? No – it’s not a ‘slow motor vehicle’ or a confused flavour enhancer, it’s actually shorthand for a Rhône blend which contains a...