Billy Hughes left the country of his birth Argentina in 1990 because it was “a mess” – longstanding economic problems had bought on ruinous hyperinflation. His intention was to travel the world, but arrived in Cape Town and never moved on. Now a SA citizen, he is married to Zimbabwean Penny. How did they meet? […]
Is there anybody in South African wine to touch Charles Back of Fairview, Spice Route and Goats do Roam when it comes to marketing? His latest initiative is the launch of La Capra, a range of “lifestyle” wines and while they take their name from the Italian for goat, they go so much beyond “critter […]
With the prospect of a long, lazy Saturday lunch holding more appeal than watching the Springboks inevitably dispense with Italy, I decided to open the 2002 vintage of Christine, the Bordeaux-style red blend from Constantia property Buitenverwachting. This is generally a wine that I would place among the top examples in the category, age worthy […]
Blind vs. sighted tastings. Which do I prefer? I answered this and related questions in an interview with Neil Pendock which appeared in the Travel & Food supplement of the Sunday Times, 27 June. To read the full transcript, click here.
Though SAWIS reports that plantings of Pinot Noir in South Africa increased by 16% to reach 844ha from 2008 to 2009, this still amounts to only 0.8% of the national vineyard. With most of it used in the production of Méthode Cap Classique, the amount of attention that still wines made from the variety attract […]
With darling wanting daughter Zoë and me out from under her feet this Saturday morning, we set off for a walk along Liesbeek River that runs not far from our house. Imagine my luck when half an hour in, Zöe decided on a morning nap. This afforded me the opportunity of a pint at Fat […]
The Wine Judging Academy convened by WINE magazine and Michael Fridjhon was privileged enough in its first two years of existence to attract the services of the late Bill Baker, UK wine merchant by trade and devotee of the good life by nature. He had a wonderful expression for wines that he particularly liked, describing […]
It was off to the Cameroon vs. Netherlands World Cup game at Green Point Stadium last night. We arrived at Cape Town station and took the fan walk to the ground. Being 2.4km long, it was essential to stop for refreshment and with Vasco da Gama Taverna, Cape Town’s best Portuguese bar and restaurant (sorry […]