Interview in Travel & Food supplement of Sunday Times, 27.06

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.

June 28, 2010
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Absolutism and relativism in SA wine

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 […]

June 18, 2010
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The state of South African wine writing

According to wine writer Neil Pendock “SA wine writing is in disarray”, and it’s hard to disagree. As he noted in his blog Pendock Uncorked earlier this week: “Fynproe, the trendy Afrikaans language wine magazine, is to cease publication with the February/March issue after three years of losses subsidized by sister magazine Wineland. Noseweek seems […]

June 8, 2010
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Why start a blog in the first place?

Previously published in the December 2009 issue of WINE magazine: The times they are a-changin’ Free is emerging as a fully fledged economy In 2007, UK rock band Radiohead made their new album, In Rainbows, available for download on their official website, happy to accept whatever their fans were comfortable paying, even nothing. This was […]

June 8, 2010
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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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