I had a very elegant French boyfriend a long time ago who told me that drinking wine with hot soup would crack your teeth! I was very sceptical of that but it comes to mind whenever I sit down to a hot bowl of soup. That being said, the other evening I went round to […]
In addition to Friday being the commencement of World Cup 2010, it was also the first birthday of our daughter Zöe. What more excuse for a celebratory lunch? “She turns one and mum and dad decide to have a feast,” as our waitress at Magica Roma in Pinelands observed. Well, yes. The intention was to […]
Skywalker says: Pisano “Axis Mundi” Tannat. Uruguay’s finest is huge; big and bold.
Call me a plebeian but I prefer the second-label Ugaba 2008 from Stellenbosch farm Anwilka to the property’s flagship 2008. Anwilka is the joint venture between Bruno Prats, former owner of Cos-d’Estournel in St-Estèphe, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, co-owner of St-Émilion property Angelus, and Lowell Jooste of Klein Constantia. On Wednesday, Prats and Jooste […]
Yesterday, I undertook the always interesting exercise of comparing the effect of different dosages on a bubbly that’s about to be finally bottled. My parents-in-law Naas and Jenny Ferreira own Klein Optenhorst, a property in the Bovlei valley of Wellington where they have created an internationally renowned garden, open to the public in October each […]
Paul Boutinot, one of the UK’s leading wine importers, set out in 1993 to search the world for a site capable of producing “truly fine wine with a defining sense of origin”. It would take him 10 years to find what he was looking for, and that was Waterkloof on the south-facing slopes of the […]
Thought I’d take you up on the offer of sharing what I drank… not quite last night, but I successfully avoided my laptop all weekend so have only got around to it today. I’ve been ferreting around in my cellar and came across some wines (quite a few actually!) that should have been drunk a […]
One of the producers I will be reviewing for Platter’s 2011 is Constantia Uitsig and on Monday, I joined viticulturist and winemaker André Rousseau as well as marketing manager Francois Theunissen for a discussion of the new-release wines followed by lunch at La Colombe, twelfth on this year’s list of the world’s 50 best restaurants […]