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David Bristow: The cottages at Beaumont Wines

On moving to the Cape around three decades ago, having explored most of the mountains of the region, what next gave me unlimited pleasure...

Chocolate and wine pairings in the winelands

Don’t believe those stick-in-the-muds who say that chocolate doesn’t pair with wine. When done well, there are few things as deliciously decadent. It’s a...

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...

David Bristow: Great Rift Valley Wines

Please allow me to introduce myself, I’m a man of wealth and taste … Well, I’m not really, but I thought a musical introduction...

David Bristow: Of Men and Wine, Noble and Not-so

No self-respecting student in the Cape over the past eight decades, since 1936 specifically, would face the year without the character-building help of another...

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...

Out and about in the Hemel-en-Aarde

The Hemel-en-Aarde near Hermanus is far from a bargain-hunter’s paradise. Top-rated wineries and equally remarkable eateries line the R320, the valley’s aorta, and the...

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...