What “Bruce” drank on 10.07.2010

Bruce says: Having known Harold Eeedes in a very limited but somewhat personal (from my side) way, I read your post on your Dad’s meant-to-be 66th birthday. I could not help not remember a whole lot of occasions which will live with me forever. Harrold’s cellar was more than generous to me and to even […]

August 10, 2010
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Kanonkop Pinotage 1992 vs. 1993

Let Operation Pinotage begin. I’m writing an article for Decanter on the current state of the variety, a gig that was precipitated in part by the Steytler Pinotage 2006 from Kaapzicht winning  the international trophy for best single varietal red above £10 at the World Wine Awards as run by the UK magazine last year. […]

August 9, 2010
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Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau (Sauternes) 2005

Food and wine matching 101: foie gras with Sauternes. The super-smooth texture  and richness of the foie gras is both complimented by the wine’s sweetness and contrasted by its acidity. For dinner on Friday night, Chateau de Rayne-Vigneau (Sauternes) 2005. Rayne-Vigneau has an enviable location, adjacent to the greatest Sauternes producer of them all, namely […]

August 9, 2010
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Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle “La Cuvée” NV vs. Constantia Uitsig Brut 2006

Harold Eedes, my late dad, would have turned 66 on Friday. In his memory, a magnum of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle “La Cuvée” NV. Grand Siècle refers to the 17th century when Louis XIV ruled and a period of great prosperity for France. A bit of Internet research reveals that the wine is approximately half Chardonnay […]

August 9, 2010
by Christian
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Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Grenache 2007

The luxurious and consequently not inexpensive Grande Roche in Paarl might have been an incongruous venue to judge entries submitted for inclusion in WINE magazine’s 2010 Best Value Wine Guide but pleasurable even so. With the process complete by lunch time yesterday, hotel GM Gawie Marx treated his fellow panel members to lunch on the […]

August 7, 2010
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Topical pic: Judging for WINE magazine’s 2010 Best Value Wine Guide under way

Tasting for WINE magazine’s 2010 Best Value Wine Guide  began this week, entries for possible inclusion amounting to 969 compared to 1 093 in 2009. Judges include Christine Rudman CWM in the capacity of floating chair, Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, Ginette de Fleuriot of Wineworx, Gawie Marx, general manager of the Grande […]

August 4, 2010
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Neethlingshof Short Story Collection The Caracal 2005

Last night a dinner to showcase some of the wines from Stellenbosch winery Neethlingshof at Sidedish restaurant in Bokaap, Cape Town.  I sat with the winemaker De Wet Viljoen and his wife Annelie, a grape buyer for producer wholesaler Distell, and the talk quickly turned to the state of the national industry. “Plenty of negatives […]

August 4, 2010
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Knorhoek Two Cubs Red Blend 2008

Last night’s guilty pleasure: Butler’s home-delivery pizza with a glass of dry red while watching ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on the telly. Earlier in the day I’d read Neil Pendock’s column in the Travel & Food section of the Sunday Times entitled “A who-cares contest”, his take on the recent Global Trader Shiraz Challenge convened […]

August 2, 2010
by Christian
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