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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...

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...

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....

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....

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...

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...

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...

David Bristow: Cape Town’s unfinished flyovers and how SA’s oldest vine...

This missive is dedicated to the connection between some curious unfinished flyovers and a glass of wine. Continuing the musical theme from my first...