David Bristow: In praise of boxed wine

I spent an inordinate portion of my youth messing about on mountains. We worked out by trial and error what foods were the lightest yet palatable (some barely), and the all-important question of what booze to lug into the hills. It was always a matter of quantity over quality. But even more important was how, […]

August 12, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: A Gambler’s Life – Bill Winshaw

At a tasting some years ago, a wine luminary said to a group of avid admirers: “Wine farming is such a gamble it’s a wonder the Lord allows it all.” This is the story of an ardent gambler who put much wine, and other tipples besides, on our tables. If ever you’ve sipped a glass […]

July 16, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: Vergelegen – possibly SA’s greatest wine property

The Van der Stel family was among the fabulously rich and well connected of Amsterdam throughout the 17th century, dominating the silk trade there. In 1679 Simon was made Commander of the Cape settlement, followed by his son Willem Adriaan, the oldest of six siblings, 20 years later. Both used company (that’s the Dutch East […]

June 5, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: Time in the Cederberg – then and now

In the early 1980s I was a mad-keen mountaineer and one winter saw me huddled in a tent below the Tafelberg with snow falling. I was an upcountry boytjie back then and totally ill-prepared to endure the climatological illogicalities of the Cape Folded Mountains in September – where I came from it was springtime with […]

May 8, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: The cottages at Beaumont Wines

On moving to the Cape around three decades ago, having explored most of the mountains of the region, what next gave me unlimited pleasure was spending weekends in the winelands. Lucky for me I was married (back then) to someone in the wine business so the world was a Champagne swilled oyster. These days it […]

April 24, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: Into the Wild West

After a long and typically boozy lunch at the Strandloper beach restaurant in Langebaan, you would be forgiven for thinking you had woken up in a quirkily Cape version of Jurassic Park, especially if you decided to take a quick look at the West Coast Fossil Park on Langebaanweg. It’s just so odd and unexpected. […]

April 9, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: Of Men and Wine, Noble and Not-so

No self-respecting student in the Cape over the past eight decades, since 1936 specifically, would face the year without the character-building help of another colourful local celebrity, Adam Tas – dead for nearly three centuries but the name behind a favourite winelands label. The year in which Tassenberg, known affectionately as Tassies, was launched by […]

April 3, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: Cape Town’s unfinished flyovers and how SA’s oldest vine was saved

This missive is dedicated to the connection between some curious unfinished flyovers and a glass of wine. Continuing the musical theme from my first missive, this one is to be sung to tune of “Stranger Than Fiction” from the pen and piano of Joe Jackson, one of the most versatile musicians of the past 40 […]

March 10, 2015
by David Bristow
with 7 Comments
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