Marthélize Tredoux: On the problem of the epithet that is “female”

Because the year hasn’t been filled with enough insanity, I’d like to up the ante by poking what might turn out to be a little hornet’s nest (depending on how frisky you all are feeling). This week, Vinepair published a piece by Vicki Denig “Why I Hate Female Sommeliers And So Should You”. Uh oh. […]

December 1, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Flotsam & Jetsam new releases

Flotsam & Jetsam is a side project of wonderkids Chris and Suzaan Alheit of Alheit Vineyards, the idea being “hopefully to show that “workhorse grapes” can make lekker wine”. Tasting notes and ratings for the new releases as follows: Flotsam & Jetsam Heirloom Chenin Blanc 2016 Port2Port price: R130 Pear, white and yellow peach, a […]

December 1, 2016
by Christian
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Slanghoek Legends Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015

Breedekloof winery Slanghoek today hosted brunch at Constantia restaurant Foxcroft, which recently won Retail Capital New Restaurant of the Year at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. And so the likes of carbonated Vonkel Brut with poached oysters and Vin Doux with rose and coconut panna cotta. All great fun. The most serious pairing of […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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JJ Handmade Eight Pillars 2013

JJ Handmade is the designation that Stellenrust has traditionally given to its more boutique offerings and the Eight Pillars 2013 is an eight-way blend with Shiraz to the fore (56%) but also including Pinotage, Cinsaut, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carignan, Grenache and Cabernet Franc – grapes mostly from Stellenbosch but also including portions from Swartland and […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Cape vs Gauteng wine culture

It’s long been recognised that the South African wine market is not homogenous in character. (This is even more evident in the broader liquor market: beverages traditional to a particular region continue to dominate consumption patterns – beer is stronger in the inland areas, white spirits in KZN etc). Still, when it comes to fine […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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The eternity that is 10 years in the wine industry

Having become the owner of a new, bigger home earlier in the year, my bound set of Wine magazines has come out of the garage and onto the bookshelf. What, I wondered, where the topics of the day 10 years ago? The December 2006 cover announced that Chamonix’s Gottfried Mocke had just been judged to […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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Recipe: Langoustines with garlic butter and herbed aioli

Ideal seaside holiday meal. Serves 4 Ingredients: For the grilled langoustines with garlic butter 4 x langoustines 100g butter 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 tbsp (15ml) parsley, chopped For the poached langoustines with herbed aioli 4 x langoustines 1l water 1 lemon, quartered 2 sprigs parsley 4 peppercorns 2 egg yolks 2 cloves of […]

November 29, 2016
by Christian
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Newton Johnson Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015

The Family Vineyards Pinot Noir 2015 from Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley producer Newton Johnson is as accomplished as ever. Fermentation occurred spontaneously, the wine matured for 11 months in a combination of 228- and 500-litre French oak barrels, 27% new. On the nose, heady perfume – roses in full bloom, red cherry, cloves and other spice. […]

November 29, 2016
by Christian
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