The all-important second bottle of wine

From the January/February issue of GQ: You’re at a restaurant, table of four, the first bottle down the hatch. And very nice it was, too. The waiter approaches and says “Same again?” What should you do? If you’re at your favourite Portuguese joint eating peri-peri chicken with your fingers then another bottle of the light, […]

February 20, 2012
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Wine trend: alternative packaging

It ‘s entirely appropriate that Backsberg, South Africa’s first carbon neutral winery, also lead the way when it comes to bottling wine in PET soft bottles, the first product coming to market in 2010 under the Tread Lightly label. PET (which stands for polyethylene terephthalate) is a thermoplastic polymer resin with numerous advantages for the […]

February 20, 2012
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Decanting – myths and reality

From the December issue of GQ: As with everything in wine, decanting is more complicated than you think. Yes, pouring wine out of its bottle into a specially designed container adds a special flourish to a fine dining experience. And yes, it helps separate old wine from any sediment that has formed in the bottle. […]

January 9, 2012
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Festive season drinking

As featured in the last issue of Longevity: The silly season is officially here and many of us will enjoy higher than normal alcohol consumption as a result. Choose sensible drinking options and the inevitable New Year come-down doesn’t need to be quite so severe. Those concerned with their body weight often opt for spirit-based […]

January 9, 2012
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CE’s top 12 wines of 2011

Below are my dozen best wines for 2011. To appear on the list, they had to be from South Africa and in general circulation. Where I encountered them blind, I scored them well enough but they appear here in that they provided me with great drinking pleasure. Some are established benchmarks, others are relative newcomers […]

December 5, 2011
by Christian
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Platter’s 2012 – highly recommended

There were 140 wines put forward for 5 Stars in Platter’s 2012 of which 45 were endorsed. In what must be something of a record, I nominated 13 wines, none of which my colleagues thought were worthy of the guide’s ultimate accolade. These were: De Grendel Koetshuis Sauvignon Blanc 2011 De Grendel Viognier 2011 Ernie […]

November 9, 2011
by Christian
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The waiting game

As featured in the last issue of Longevity: While getting older is usually fraught with negative implications, wine is a wonderful exception. It’s one of the few foodstuffs that can improve with age, and this is also one of its key fascinations. It has to be said upfront, however, only a small subgroup of wines […]

November 1, 2011
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Veritas Awards: income and expenditure

The first National Bottled Wine Show in South Africa was introduced by the South African National Wine Show Association in 1990 and renamed the Veritas Awards from 1991 making it the longest running wine competition in South Africa. I participated as a judge for the first time this year and while it was generally a […]

October 3, 2011
by Christian
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