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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...

‘Provenance’ ‘Seasonality’ – cooking’s latest con and curse

God, if I have to listen to one more chef rabbiting on about the ‘provenance’ of his ingredients, how he uses ‘seasonal’ foods and likes to ‘forage’ for interesting foodstuffs – I think I might scream! These are the new buzz words around town...

‘Provenance’ ‘Seasonality’ – cooking’s latest con and curse

God, if I have to listen to one more chef rabbiting on about the ‘provenance’ of his ingredients, how he uses ‘seasonal’ foods and likes to ‘forage’ for interesting foodstuffs – I think I might scream! These are the new buzz words around town...

In my glass this week

2010 Dam Good White, Villiersdorp Cellars - R29 from major retailers A new range from Villiersdorp Cellars who are experiencing lots of exciting changes at present. Made from mainly Chenin with a touch of Sauvignon, this is fresh, crisp, fruity with more depth of...

In my glass this week

2010 Dam Good White, Villiersdorp Cellars - R29 from major retailers A new range from Villiersdorp Cellars who are experiencing lots of exciting changes at present. Made from mainly Chenin with a touch of Sauvignon, this is fresh, crisp, fruity with more depth of...

Chardonnay on terroir firma

© Cape Times Friday 26th November 2010 “Anything but Chardonnay!” That has been the call of the wine drinker for most of the past decade as Chardonnays of all styles are spurned by the masses in favour of searingly acidic Sauvignons. One region which...

Chardonnay on terroir firma

© Cape Times Friday 26th November 2010 “Anything but Chardonnay!” That has been the call of the wine drinker for most of the past decade as Chardonnays of all styles are spurned by the masses in favour of searingly acidic Sauvignons. One region which...

Celebration of Chardonnay 2010

For those who are interested – brief tasting notes from the Celebration of Chardonnay 2010. Wines are in the order they were tasted. Ataraxia Chardonnay 2008 A toasty oak entry with pineapples and limes. Gritty, textured mouth-feel with balanced acidity and rich yellow, tropical...

Celebration of Chardonnay 2010

For those who are interested – brief tasting notes from the Celebration of Chardonnay 2010. Wines are in the order they were tasted. Ataraxia Chardonnay 2008 A toasty oak entry with pineapples and limes. Gritty, textured mouth-feel with balanced acidity and rich yellow, tropical...

In my glass this week

This week, all my choices are from amongst the new Five Star wines in the 2011 Platter guide. Botanica Chenin Blanc 2009 Made by American businesswoman, Ginny Povall, this is an incredibly good example of SA’s best grape. The grapes come from old bushvines...

In my glass this week

This week, all my choices are from amongst the new Five Star wines in the 2011 Platter guide. Botanica Chenin Blanc 2009 Made by American businesswoman, Ginny Povall, this is an incredibly good example of SA’s best grape. The grapes come from old bushvines...

Platter’s 2011 ’5-Star’ Wines of the Year

Five Stars & Red Wine of the Year Shiraz • De Trafford 2008 Five Stars & White Wine of the Year Dessert Wine Unfortified • Fleur du Cap Bergkelder Selection Noble Late Harvest 2009 Awarded Five Stars Cabernet Sauvignon • Boekenhoutskloof 2008 • Delaire...

Platter’s 2011 ’5-Star’ Wines of the Year

Five Stars & Red Wine of the Year Shiraz • De Trafford 2008 Five Stars & White Wine of the Year Dessert Wine Unfortified • Fleur du Cap Bergkelder Selection Noble Late Harvest 2009 Awarded Five Stars Cabernet Sauvignon • Boekenhoutskloof 2008 • Delaire...