Note to self: don’t be a wanker

From  Giles Coren of UK newspaper The Sunday Times on Roux at Parliament Sqaure, 12 Great George Street, London: “The only other punters…  were a table of pale, flabby people taking photographs of everything on their plates before eating it. I assume these people were food bloggers. And all power to them. My wife is […]

June 6, 2010
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Blind vs. sighted tastings

Whatidranklastnight.co.za might not have been live for very long, but it seems it is already causing a stir. Neil Pendock noted on his blog Pendock Uncorked that  according to my potted CV (here) I will now also be a taster for Platter’s which operates sighted, in addition to continuing to chair the WINE magazine tasting […]

June 2, 2010
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010: Relative success of categories

Below is a list of all the gold medals (including museum class) awarded per category over the nine years that the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show has been running. It is interesting to note that on this basis Cabernet Sauvignon is the strongest category over time, followed by Chardonnay and then Bordeaux-style red blends. Those […]

June 1, 2010
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Shiraz Challenge 2009 reviewed

With the 2010 WINE magazine Shiraz Challenge set to take place next week, panel member James Pietersen and I decided to do a calibration exercise. We also invited Rianie Strydom, winemaker responsible for the Dombeya and Haskell labels, who agreed to include some of her pretty smart Shiraz that she has made recently. We tasted […]

May 27, 2010
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010: Simon Tam interview

China is the world’s most populated countries with 1.3 billion inhabitants. It has the world’s third biggest GDP (at purchasing power parity exchange rates) behind the European Union and the United States and managed a mind-boggling 9% growth last year despite the global financial crisis. Hong Kong is an important gateway to mainland China and […]

May 17, 2010
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010: Dr Tony Jordan interview

During the course of the 2010 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, international judge Dr Tony Jordan chairs the panel that is responsible for reviewing the 127 Shiraz entries. From the moment he first encounters it, he is particularly taken with the wine that goes on to be judged not only best in class but best […]

May 17, 2010
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010: Alex Hunt interview

Alex Hunt is the most likeable, well-spoken heretic you could possibly come across. Past captain of the Oxford University blind wine-tasting team and now purchasing director of UK wine shippers and wholesalers Berkmann Wine Cellars and Master-of-Wine-in-training, he thinks South African Sauvignon Blanc is not all it’s cracked up to be. One of the international […]

May 17, 2010
by Christian
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