Getting heavy about light wine

As featured in the last issue of Longevity: The recommended daily allowance of alcohol is two to three units for woman and three to four units for men, a unit in the case of wine defined as 100ml (a small glass). Which isn’t very much. If we presume a couple share a bottle over a […]

July 11, 2011
by Christian
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Elim explored

As featured in the June issue of Decanter: Though lighthouses as aids to navigation are all but redundant due to GPS, the one at Cape Agulhas will surely not fall into complete disrepair, it being the southern tip of Africa’s distinguishing landmark. Built in 1848, it is South Africa’s second oldest and is today a […]

June 7, 2011
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Do expensive wines taste better?

As featured in the May issue of Longevity: Consider, if you will, two prominent South African wines, the first being Chateau Libertas, selling for approximately R30 a bottle and  the second Waterford The Jem 2006 for R680 a bottle. As wines, they are at least similar if not interchangeable in intrinsic terms, both being red […]

June 1, 2011
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Sensory overload

Five classic albums. Five great contemporary South African wines under R200. It could just fry your brain. Most of us have experience of wines showing differently according to context, so it’s not completely crazy to think that music would affect the perception of wine. Scientists put it down to “cognitive priming theory”, where the music […]

June 1, 2011
by Christian
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What makes a good wine judge?

Colleague Angela Lloyd wrote an article for the April issue of WineLand magazine on what makes a good wine judge. Towards this, she put a set of questions to various local and international judges. Here are my answers: 1) Why do you act as a judge? Having stumbled into wine writing, I quickly realised that […]

May 4, 2011
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White wine, red wine and green wine

As featured in the April issue of Longevity: Organic wine. It’s attractive in terms of food safety (no harmful residues or additives) while also appealing to your conscience (good for the planet). Unfortunately, organic wine is necessarily a tiny category, if not an entirely empty concept. At stake is a subtle but important distinction between […]

May 3, 2011
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Fire and brimstone and sulphites in wine

As featured in the Febraury/March issue of Longevity: There are many people who think that the sulphites and their supposed negative impact on health are God’s way of preventing them from enjoying wine too much. However, the role that sulphites play in our favourite beverage is very much misunderstood. Why are they there in the […]

May 3, 2011
by Christian
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Drunken diatribe No. 3

I originally wrote this back in 2003 on behalf of Wine magazine  a  few weeks after I wrote  off  a motor car. It remains one of the pieces of writing of which I am most proud: This being Valentine’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to praise the virtues of full phenolic ripeness. […]

April 27, 2011
by Christian
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