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© Cape Times Friday 19th September 2014 It seems to be competition season again and my inbox is reeling under the weight of yet another announcement of yet another gold medal/top trophy/five star rating from yet another competition of some kind or other around...

Awards do matter

© Cape Times Friday 19th September 2014 It seems to be competition season again and my inbox is reeling under the weight of yet another announcement of yet another gold medal/top trophy/five star rating from yet another competition of some kind or other around...

© Cape Times Friday 29th August 2014 Several years ago, I was a judge on a competition for South African women winemakers which, even at the time, I found a little confusing because I can’t really see that a wine made by a woman...

Why praise women?

© Cape Times Friday 29th August 2014 Several years ago, I was a judge on a competition for South African women winemakers which, even at the time, I found a little confusing because I can’t really see that a wine made by a woman...

© Cape Times Friday 13th June 2014 2014 is definitely the Year of Anniversaries. Of course the most important one is the celebrations of Twenty Years of Freedom, remembering the 1994 elections which signalled a new era of hope and excitement for many. So...

Celebrating a landmark

© Cape Times Friday 13th June 2014 2014 is definitely the Year of Anniversaries. Of course the most important one is the celebrations of Twenty Years of Freedom, remembering the 1994 elections which signalled a new era of hope and excitement for many. So...

© Cape Times Friday 16th May 2014 South Africa has one of the most regulated wine industries in the world – which is great for consumers because it means that we can enjoy the wines we drink, safe in the knowledge that they contain...

When is a dry wine not a dry wine?

© Cape Times Friday 16th May 2014 South Africa has one of the most regulated wine industries in the world – which is great for consumers because it means that we can enjoy the wines we drink, safe in the knowledge that they contain...

If you were at Taste of Cape Town, you might have caught Lucy Corne, beer supremo, and me having a face-off about what beverage goes best with food. Wine and I won that round, although it was a worryingly close encounter (especially with her...

Grape vs Grain round 2 – the Cheese is ON!!

If you were at Taste of Cape Town, you might have caught Lucy Corne, beer supremo, and me having a face-off about what beverage goes best with food. Wine and I won that round, although it was a worryingly close encounter (especially with her...

© Cape Times Thursday 17th April 2014 In days gone by, people didn’t move around very much. They stayed in their little corner of Bordeaux or Piedmont, ate the food that they grew or caught and made wine to go with that food. Personally,...

Grape Vs Grain, Pick a Side

© Cape Times Thursday 17th April 2014 In days gone by, people didn’t move around very much. They stayed in their little corner of Bordeaux or Piedmont, ate the food that they grew or caught and made wine to go with that food. Personally,...

© Cape Times Friday 20th March 2014 How do you buy your wine? Do you load a couple of bottles into your basket as you scurry around the supermarket? Do you take time out to go and get specialised advice from a store? Or...

How do you buy your wine?

© Cape Times Friday 20th March 2014 How do you buy your wine? Do you load a couple of bottles into your basket as you scurry around the supermarket? Do you take time out to go and get specialised advice from a store? Or...

© Cape Times Friday 21st February 2014 I seem to be going through a bit of a Chardonnay craze at the moment. I began the year with an interesting clonal tasting of Richard Kershaw’s 5 star chardonnay from Elgin which was re-tasted again in...

Finding the key to Chardonnay

© Cape Times Friday 21st February 2014 I seem to be going through a bit of a Chardonnay craze at the moment. I began the year with an interesting clonal tasting of Richard Kershaw’s 5 star chardonnay from Elgin which was re-tasted again in...

The first two candidates for the Jordan Wine Estate Women in Wine Initiative, launched in October 2012 in London by Kathy Jordan, have arrived in South Africa to experience and participate in the 2014 vintage at Jordan Wine Estate. The response to the invitation...

First Jordan Wine Estate Women in Wine Interns arrive in Stellenbosch

The first two candidates for the Jordan Wine Estate Women in Wine Initiative, launched in October 2012 in London by Kathy Jordan, have arrived in South Africa to experience and participate in the 2014 vintage at Jordan Wine Estate. The response to the invitation...

Future tastes of Albarino

© Cape Times Friday 17th January 2014 In the world of wine, the biggest globetrotting grape varieties are all French. The French vignerons got themselves organised a lot earlier than any other European country in terms of knowing what grapes go best where and...

Future tastes of Albarino

© Cape Times Friday 17th January 2014 In the world of wine, the biggest globetrotting grape varieties are all French. The French vignerons got themselves organised a lot earlier than any other European country in terms of knowing what grapes go best where and...