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Helping to fill the new Platter

© Cape Times Friday 16th November 2012 This year was the first time I’ve tasted for the Platter Wine Guide. This institution in the wine world (and not just the South African wine world either) celebrates its 33rd year this year – a far...

Helping to fill the new Platter

© Cape Times Friday 16th November 2012 This year was the first time I’ve tasted for the Platter Wine Guide. This institution in the wine world (and not just the South African wine world either) celebrates its 33rd year this year – a far...

Summer sips & swills

© Cape Times Friday 2nd November 2012 As if the countdown to Christmas weren’t frantic and fun-packed enough, it is now festival season once more. Not that I mind that much – after all, how bad can it be to spend lovely sunny, summer...

Summer sips & swills

© Cape Times Friday 2nd November 2012 As if the countdown to Christmas weren’t frantic and fun-packed enough, it is now festival season once more. Not that I mind that much – after all, how bad can it be to spend lovely sunny, summer...

Summer Chenin Showcase

© Cape Times Friday 19th October 2012 How much do you spend on a bottle of wine? Every time I write about this subject, I get berated by somebody whose budget is clearly very different from my own – either my choices are too...

Summer Chenin Showcase

© Cape Times Friday 19th October 2012 How much do you spend on a bottle of wine? Every time I write about this subject, I get berated by somebody whose budget is clearly very different from my own – either my choices are too...

Raising a glass to Cape wines

© Cape Times Friday 5th October 2012 As I write this, I am still recovering from one of the busiest weeks most South African wine folk have ever experienced. Cape Wine 2012 is probably the biggest wine trade show ever held in South Africa...

Raising a glass to Cape wines

© Cape Times Friday 5th October 2012 As I write this, I am still recovering from one of the busiest weeks most South African wine folk have ever experienced. Cape Wine 2012 is probably the biggest wine trade show ever held in South Africa...

SAA wines to fly by

© Cape Times Friday 21st September 2012 Some people set a high price on their services. You see pop stars with massive ‘riders’ of stuff that must be in their dressing rooms – cases of champagne, hairdressers and masseuses, enough oysters to sink a...

SAA wines to fly by

© Cape Times Friday 21st September 2012 Some people set a high price on their services. You see pop stars with massive ‘riders’ of stuff that must be in their dressing rooms – cases of champagne, hairdressers and masseuses, enough oysters to sink a...

The Big Faure-oh

© Cape Times Friday 7th September 2012 The longer I spend in the wine trade, the more I realise that the greatest quality you can have if you are to succeed as a wine drinker, seller, buyer or winemaker is confidence. I’ve spoken before...

The Big Faure-oh

© Cape Times Friday 7th September 2012 The longer I spend in the wine trade, the more I realise that the greatest quality you can have if you are to succeed as a wine drinker, seller, buyer or winemaker is confidence. I’ve spoken before...

Wines with body – and face

© Cape Times Friday 24th August 2012 For most things in life, a touch of the impersonal is fine. For instance, I’m not bothered about attaching too much personality to the brand of toilet paper I choose or which dish washing liquid goes into...

Wines with body – and face

© Cape Times Friday 24th August 2012 For most things in life, a touch of the impersonal is fine. For instance, I’m not bothered about attaching too much personality to the brand of toilet paper I choose or which dish washing liquid goes into...

The Oldest New World wine country

© Cape Times Friday 10th August 2012 People are very fond of terming South Africa ‘the Oldest New World wine country’ and I really do think that we offer the best of both worlds when it comes to wine. But in terms of how...

The Oldest New World wine country

© Cape Times Friday 10th August 2012 People are very fond of terming South Africa ‘the Oldest New World wine country’ and I really do think that we offer the best of both worlds when it comes to wine. But in terms of how...

Come on baby, let’s go to the hops

© Cape Times Friday 27th July 2012 Anyone who’s involved in any way with the wine trade, knows the importance of beer. Winemakers generally drink it by the gallon-load during harvest (“It takes a lot of beer to make a good wine”) and after...

Come on baby, let’s go to the hops

© Cape Times Friday 27th July 2012 Anyone who’s involved in any way with the wine trade, knows the importance of beer. Winemakers generally drink it by the gallon-load during harvest (“It takes a lot of beer to make a good wine”) and after...

Brit in the Vineyard

© Cape Times Friday 13th July 2012 As a born-and-bred Brit, I often get asked “So what brought you to South Africa in the first place?” And I generally reply “The weather, you speak English and you make wine” which pretty much covers most...

Brit in the Vineyard

© Cape Times Friday 13th July 2012 As a born-and-bred Brit, I often get asked “So what brought you to South Africa in the first place?” And I generally reply “The weather, you speak English and you make wine” which pretty much covers most...