New selection process for Cape Winemakers Guild auction wines

The Cape Winemakers Guild has announced that it has largely done away with peer review in determining which wines appear on its annual auction. Whereas previously a wine proposed for sale was subject to a blind tasting, Guild members voting to decide if it was up to standard, now all 43 members are entitled to […]

April 14, 2011
by Christian
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Restaurants to provide chauffeur services?

With a more responsible attitude to drink-driving finally starting to take hold in South Africa, restaurateurs report a significant decrease in turnover as diners order less wine in order to stay under the blood alcohol content legal limit (0.05g/100ml of blood). One way for restaurateurs to encourage their customers to be less abstemious is surely […]

April 12, 2011
by Christian
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Is SA Chenin Blanc really that good?

I’m still waiting for my April issue of Decanter to arrive in the letter box, but a recent posting on A Word from the Herd, the Fairview Wine blog alerted me to a tasting report in the UK magazine that is going to upset many local Chenin Blanc producers. Out of 155 wines tasted, Fairview’s […]

March 10, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments

The tea-room scene from Withnail and I

In the absence of anything of very great interest to post, one of my favourite bits of cinema ever, from the 1986 production Withnail and I, written and directed by Bruce Robinson and starring Richard E. Grant as Withnail and Paul McGann as “I”.

March 9, 2011
by Christian
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Elim investigated

Yesterday a tasting of all current release Elim wines towards generating a list of recommendations to appear in an article I’m writing for UK magazine Decanter. The venue was Belthazar restaurant at the V&A Waterfront and also involved were John Loubser, cellarmaster at Constantia winery Steenberg and James Pietersen, Platter’s taster and beverage manager for […]

February 23, 2011
by Christian
with 4 Comments

Actor Michael Douglas disses wine tasting in Vanity Fair

In the March issue of Vanity Fair, actor Michael Douglas, famous for his role as Gordon Gekko in Wall Street, answers the Proust Questionnaire. In response to the question “What do you consider the most over-rated virtue?”, he replies “Wine tasting”. Robert Mugabe is the “living person he most despises” so we don’t completely disagree […]

February 23, 2011
by Christian
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Cathy van Zyl MW on Chenin Blanc

Some thoughts on the Chenin Blanc category from Cathy van Zyl MW and panel member at  this year’s Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge: Interesting but challenging class to judge because of the diversity of styles from the fresh fruit/acid attack versions to the rich, botrytised and oaked creations. There also seemed to be a fair […]

February 20, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Testalonga El Bandito Cortez 2009

Recently I reviewed the Syrah 2008 from Swartland property Lammershoek on this blog noting that I was “a little underwhelmed” by it on account of it showing “super-ripe fruit on nose and palate” while it also seemed “short on freshness and tannic grip”. Shortly after the posting went live, I had an email from Carla […]

February 7, 2011
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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