Top six Cape Town wine bars

1. Chalk & Cork Two story wine bar with courtyard providing a small but carefully assembled winelist and tapas. Address: 51 Kloof St, Gardens, Cape Town Phone: +27 21 422 5822 www.chalkandcork.co.za 2. Belthazar Restauarant & Wine Bar Over 250 wines by the glass at this glitzy multi-seater establishment with harbor terrace. The kitchen specializes […]

December 8, 2016
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David Bristow: In praise of boxed wine

I spent an inordinate portion of my youth messing about on mountains. We worked out by trial and error what foods were the lightest yet palatable (some barely), and the all-important question of what booze to lug into the hills. It was always a matter of quantity over quality. But even more important was how, […]

August 12, 2015
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David Bristow: Umngazi – jewel of the Wild Coast

I’ve been around the block a few times, in just about every sense of the phrase. So much so that some people say my epitaph should read, “He sure got around”. So it is to be expected that all too frequently boozy breathed people corner me at parties (usually in the kitchen where you’ll find […]

August 5, 2015
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David Bristow: A Gambler’s Life – Bill Winshaw

At a tasting some years ago, a wine luminary said to a group of avid admirers: “Wine farming is such a gamble it’s a wonder the Lord allows it all.” This is the story of an ardent gambler who put much wine, and other tipples besides, on our tables. If ever you’ve sipped a glass […]

July 16, 2015
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David Bristow: In search of winter fortification

This is the time when snow lies scattered across the high ground of South Africa – like clothes strewn across the floor of a teenager’s bedroom. While not exactly the Alps, for a nation that does not much do central heating the next best thing to a brandy-bearing dog is a jug of fortified wine. […]

July 1, 2015
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David Bristow: Hunting the Rare Limpopo Cabernet

If you had a dream of creating a lifestyle combining African wildlife with a bit of garagiste winemaking… sorry but that African Ark has sailed. Back in February 2011, News24 Property reported on a 1,200 hectare game farm and winery coming up for auction in the area generally referred to as the Bushveld (more or […]

June 18, 2015
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David Bristow: Vergelegen – possibly SA’s greatest wine property

The Van der Stel family was among the fabulously rich and well connected of Amsterdam throughout the 17th century, dominating the silk trade there. In 1679 Simon was made Commander of the Cape settlement, followed by his son Willem Adriaan, the oldest of six siblings, 20 years later. Both used company (that’s the Dutch East […]

June 5, 2015
by David Bristow
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David Bristow: Time in the Cederberg – then and now

In the early 1980s I was a mad-keen mountaineer and one winter saw me huddled in a tent below the Tafelberg with snow falling. I was an upcountry boytjie back then and totally ill-prepared to endure the climatological illogicalities of the Cape Folded Mountains in September – where I came from it was springtime with […]

May 8, 2015
by David Bristow
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Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 & now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za. We cover everything to do with SA fine wine.