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Enough grapes now – onto the grain

I think everyone knows by now that I like a glass of wine or two. But only a very privileged few will know that during my nefarious and unmentionable university career it was actually the grain which featured much larger in my life than...

Enough grapes now – onto the grain

I think everyone knows by now that I like a glass of wine or two. But only a very privileged few will know that during my nefarious and unmentionable university career it was actually the grain which featured much larger in my life than...

Blending bender quite a rush

© Cape Times Friday 18th January 2011 It isn’t all that long ago that people thought blending wines was bad – a cheeky way for winemakers to use up all the rubbishy leftovers in one bottle with a clever name and a low price....

Blending bender quite a rush

© Cape Times Friday 18th January 2011 It isn’t all that long ago that people thought blending wines was bad – a cheeky way for winemakers to use up all the rubbishy leftovers in one bottle with a clever name and a low price....

Augrabies going wild!

Oh my word – have you seen these pics?? I can’t believe I was walking on those footpaths only a couple of months ago – see my article on the Orange River here. A good reminder that when Mother Nature decides to go someplace,...

Augrabies going wild!

Oh my word – have you seen these pics?? I can’t believe I was walking on those footpaths only a couple of months ago – see my article on the Orange River here. A good reminder that when Mother Nature decides to go someplace,...

My latest restaurant surprise find

The more I hang around the Robertson Valley, the more stuff I discover. Take a look at my latest piggy find on my other blog at Food24 (Big Bangers) and I have yet to tell all about the organic beef fillet we slavered over...

My latest restaurant surprise find

The more I hang around the Robertson Valley, the more stuff I discover. Take a look at my latest piggy find on my other blog at Food24 (Big Bangers) and I have yet to tell all about the organic beef fillet we slavered over...

Slim idea in theory, at least

© Cape Times Friday 12th January 2011 For all that I love wine with a passion, there is no denying the fact that there are a few downsides to it. Hopefully by now you’ve made it safely through the festive season without drinking and...

Slim idea in theory, at least

© Cape Times Friday 12th January 2011 For all that I love wine with a passion, there is no denying the fact that there are a few downsides to it. Hopefully by now you’ve made it safely through the festive season without drinking and...

In search of Festive Fizz

© Cape Times Friday 31st December 2010 One of the best things about the festive season is that is suddenly becomes okay to drink champagne at any and every opportunity. Which is perfect for people like me – given half a chance and a...

In search of Festive Fizz

© Cape Times Friday 31st December 2010 One of the best things about the festive season is that is suddenly becomes okay to drink champagne at any and every opportunity. Which is perfect for people like me – given half a chance and a...

24 Hours of Festive Drinking

© Cape Times Friday 24th December 2010 I saw an article last week conducting a poll to find out what would be people’s first drink on Christmas Day. The options ranged from ‘saving myself for lunch’, ‘a sherry or cocktail mid-morning’ and ‘a champagne...

24 Hours of Festive Drinking

© Cape Times Friday 24th December 2010 I saw an article last week conducting a poll to find out what would be people’s first drink on Christmas Day. The options ranged from ‘saving myself for lunch’, ‘a sherry or cocktail mid-morning’ and ‘a champagne...

A Thoroughly Modern Monsieur

Tasting today with Julien Schaal from Alsace was a great opportunity to ask him about ‘terroir’ and whether we actually have any to speak of here in SA. This was following on from Remington Norman’s provocative claims at Danie de Wet’s Celebration of Chardonnay...

A Thoroughly Modern Monsieur

Tasting today with Julien Schaal from Alsace was a great opportunity to ask him about ‘terroir’ and whether we actually have any to speak of here in SA. This was following on from Remington Norman’s provocative claims at Danie de Wet’s Celebration of Chardonnay...

Party people

© Cape Times Friday 10th December 2010 They say that you can tell what kind of a person someone is by their shoes. Maybe, maybe not but I tell you, trying to crane your neck downwards to look at somebody’s shoes in the midst...

Party people

© Cape Times Friday 10th December 2010 They say that you can tell what kind of a person someone is by their shoes. Maybe, maybe not but I tell you, trying to crane your neck downwards to look at somebody’s shoes in the midst...

Crocs & comfort rule !

The twitterverse has been alive with a rift between the pro and anti-Croc camps over the last few days. So I thought I’d resurrect this article, written about 2 years ago for one of my newsletters at The Nose, just to show that this...

Crocs & comfort rule !

The twitterverse has been alive with a rift between the pro and anti-Croc camps over the last few days. So I thought I’d resurrect this article, written about 2 years ago for one of my newsletters at The Nose, just to show that this...