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In my glass this week

Groote Post Old Man’s Blend R37 (from major supermarkets and wine shops) Love, love, love this wine – a blend of Sauvignon, Chenin and Semillon. It has everything you want from an all-day glugger – fruit, acidity, balance and plenty of zing. Good price...

In my glass this week

Groote Post Old Man’s Blend R37 (from major supermarkets and wine shops) Love, love, love this wine – a blend of Sauvignon, Chenin and Semillon. It has everything you want from an all-day glugger – fruit, acidity, balance and plenty of zing. Good price...

Desert wine region downsizes, ups the ante.

© Cape Times Friday 12th November 2010 The last thing you would expect to find in the middle of a desert is a wine region. Being totally geographically-challenged, I really hadn’t understood exactly where Upington and the Orange River were situated and it was...

Desert wine region downsizes, ups the ante.

© Cape Times Friday 12th November 2010 The last thing you would expect to find in the middle of a desert is a wine region. Being totally geographically-challenged, I really hadn’t understood exactly where Upington and the Orange River were situated and it was...

In my glass this week

2010 Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc  R72 from www.cybercellar.co.za First release and much anticipated on Twitter!! Quiet entry with luscious mid-palate, nice crunchy green fruit and a balanced, zippy finish. 2010 Kloovenburg Unwooded Chardonnay          R45 from the cellar Always an enjoyable quaff, this went...

In my glass this week

2010 Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc  R72 from www.cybercellar.co.za First release and much anticipated on Twitter!! Quiet entry with luscious mid-palate, nice crunchy green fruit and a balanced, zippy finish. 2010 Kloovenburg Unwooded Chardonnay          R45 from the cellar Always an enjoyable quaff, this went...

Breaking the wine rules

© Cape Times Friday 22nd October 2010 They were the most exciting category in Wine magazine’s Best Value Wine Awards this year. They garnered gongs at Old Mutual, Michelangelo and Veritas. They’ve got more Platter 5 star wines than any other style of wine....

Breaking the wine rules

© Cape Times Friday 22nd October 2010 They were the most exciting category in Wine magazine’s Best Value Wine Awards this year. They garnered gongs at Old Mutual, Michelangelo and Veritas. They’ve got more Platter 5 star wines than any other style of wine....

Sauvignon Savvy

© Cape Times Friday 8thrd October 2010 Everybody loves Sauvignon Blanc. It is the summer tipple, mainly because people can always rely on it to be consistent – fresh, crisp, dry and unwooded . Unlike Chenin Blanc or Chardonnay which can vary hugely in...

Sauvignon Savvy

© Cape Times Friday 8thrd October 2010 Everybody loves Sauvignon Blanc. It is the summer tipple, mainly because people can always rely on it to be consistent – fresh, crisp, dry and unwooded . Unlike Chenin Blanc or Chardonnay which can vary hugely in...

A breath of ‘fresh’ air

© Cape Times Thursday 23rd September 2010 Somebody once said that you know you’re getting old when everyone else around you looks young. I was definitely feeling rather ancient and creaky as I scanned the room at the Franschhoek Vignerons media tasting last week...

A breath of ‘fresh’ air

© Cape Times Thursday 23rd September 2010 Somebody once said that you know you’re getting old when everyone else around you looks young. I was definitely feeling rather ancient and creaky as I scanned the room at the Franschhoek Vignerons media tasting last week...

Pinotages hold their own – even with coffee

© Cape Times Friday 10th September 2010 Having gone on record as not being a fan of either Swartland red wines or chocolate/coffee Pinotages, I thought it was rather magnanimous of both Eben Sadie and David Sonnenberg of Diemersfontein to invite me to delightful...

Pinotages hold their own – even with coffee

© Cape Times Friday 10th September 2010 Having gone on record as not being a fan of either Swartland red wines or chocolate/coffee Pinotages, I thought it was rather magnanimous of both Eben Sadie and David Sonnenberg of Diemersfontein to invite me to delightful...

Is Franc the Future for Cape Wine?

© Cape Times Friday 27th August 2010 For many winelovers, Cab is king. But after an incredible tasting last week, I think that the real question we should all be asking is – which Cab are we talking about? Cabernet Sauvignon is one of...

Is Franc the Future for Cape Wine?

© Cape Times Friday 27th August 2010 For many winelovers, Cab is king. But after an incredible tasting last week, I think that the real question we should all be asking is – which Cab are we talking about? Cabernet Sauvignon is one of...

Chenin Blanc – wines in a class of their own

© Cape Times Friday 13th August 2010 Why don’t we drink more Chenin Blanc? After all, we grow more of it and make more wine from it than any other country in the world. We win international trophies and awards – yes, even in...

Chenin Blanc – wines in a class of their own

© Cape Times Friday 13th August 2010 Why don’t we drink more Chenin Blanc? After all, we grow more of it and make more wine from it than any other country in the world. We win international trophies and awards – yes, even in...

Sexism is not sour grapes

© Cape Times Friday 23rd July 2010 Like they need another one you might say! True enough but no less worthy, the Landbouweekblad Woman Winemaker of the Year competition has just been won by Andrea Freeborough of Fleur du Cap wines. As my sister...

Sexism is not sour grapes

© Cape Times Friday 23rd July 2010 Like they need another one you might say! True enough but no less worthy, the Landbouweekblad Woman Winemaker of the Year competition has just been won by Andrea Freeborough of Fleur du Cap wines. As my sister...