Today saw a comparative tasting of Aussie vs. South African Chardonnay, 13 top examples from each country at Haskell Vineyards in Stellenbosch. Out of the 26 wines tasted, South Africa took first place, with a further seven in the top 10 – a deeply pleasing result that shows local wines can hold their own in […]
It’s indicative of how gracious my wife Jane is that she let me go off to a Pinotage tasting followed by a (long) lunch this past Women’s Day. The venue was Belthazar restaurant at the V&A Waterfront and also involved were godfather of the variety Beyers Truter of Beyerskloof, as well as James Pietersen and […]
The debate happening around Obikwa Shiraz 2009, best value winner at this year’s Global Trader Shiraz Challenge convened by WINE magazine is fascinating, various sub-themes such as populism vs. elitism and even the odd conspiracy theory (was it all a well-orchestrated marketing ploy?) coming to the fore. By far the majority of online commentary has […]
Tasting my way through wines to be rated for the 2011 edition of Platter’s, I’ve come across one or two that I think might be in the running for the guide’s ultimate accolade of 5 Stars. The way that Platter’s works is that all wines are tasted sighted (labels exposed), except for those nominated for […]
We all know Spain won the World Cup this time around, and Italy won it in Germany four years ago. But who were the runners up? Holland will be remembered as 2010 losers and I can just about recall that Germany and Uruguay were in the play-off for third place this year but I have […]
During lunch yesterday hosted by Billy and Penny Hughes to promote their Nativo wines, I sat next to Tanja Robinson of wine exporters Robinson & Sinclair (clients including the likes of Havana Hills and Saronsberg as well as Hughes Family Wines) and she was relating the typical prejudices she encounters about South African wine when […]
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.
Wine writer Neil Pendock has once again posed some provocative questions concerning the state of the South African wine criticism in two of his recent columns (see “Are SA wines really getting better?” and “Is wine appreciation generationally dependent?”). Pendock seems to be advancing a postmodernist perspective by rejecting the notion of progress (specifically he […]