Skywalker says: “Chenin from the Penedes. Unbelievable gear, rich and textured. This would liven up the Chenin Challenge”. Here you get to reminisce not just about bottles drunk but also great meals eaten and the crazy, crazy gang that was there at the time. Send photos and brief comments to email@example.com. Feel free to use […]
Who says Old Media is dead? Whisky is South Africa’s latest niche title magazine, to be edited by Fiona McDonald, who used to head up Wine magazine. She will be supported by celebrity chef Mike Bassett as food editor, the experienced Stuart Johnston as motoring editor and contributors will include the likes of Graham Howe, […]
Received this email from David Bristow, former editor of Getaway magazine. Hey CE, I read you Decanter piece on pino-taag. Good for you. Just one bugbear though, which is a general one. I’m a bit of a greenie, you might have noticed. And it seems to me laughable that winemakers, vine growers, wine snobs and […]
What to make of wines with no added sulphites? Stellenzicht winemaker Guy Webber ended his launch presentation of a Chardonnay 2009 and Petit Verdot 2008 made according to this method under the Cellarmaster’s Release label by asking his audience the question as to whether or not the initiative was worth pursuing. “It’s not by mistake […]
When Ivy du Toit of Jason’s Hill Private Cellar near Rawsonville won the title of Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year in 2003 for her Sauvignon Blanc 2003, incredulity was expressed in some quarters that she’d have access to grapes of sufficient quality to make a wine worthy of the title. Whatever did or […]
The Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award remains relevant because of its sheer longevity if nothing else. Now in its 30th year, previous laureates include the great and the good of the South African wine industry. For 2010, entries were called for in the category of Sauvignon Blanc and apparently 93 wines were submitted […]
The winner of the 30th annual Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Award was announced yesterday evening. Winemaker: Bartho Eksteen Category: Sauvignon Blanc Winning wine: Hermanuspietersfontein Nr 5 2009 The Young Winemaker of the Year Award went to RJ Botha of Durbanville winery Nitida for the Bordeaux-style red blend Calligraphy 2009.
The Cape Colony restaurant at Cape Town’s Mount Nelson hotel was in need not so much of tweaking but a seismic shift into the modern era – the high colonial ambience stopped being ironic and simply became twee a long time ago. A complete make-over has been completed and the restaurant will now be called […]