Blind vs. sighted tastings. Which do I prefer? I answered this and related questions in an interview with Neil Pendock which appeared in the Travel & Food supplement of the Sunday Times, 27 June. To read the full transcript, click here.
Though SAWIS reports that plantings of Pinot Noir in South Africa increased by 16% to reach 844ha from 2008 to 2009, this still amounts to only 0.8% of the national vineyard. With most of it used in the production of Méthode Cap Classique, the amount of attention that still wines made from the variety attract […]
With darling wanting daughter Zoë and me out from under her feet this Saturday morning, we set off for a walk along Liesbeek River that runs not far from our house. Imagine my luck when half an hour in, Zöe decided on a morning nap. This afforded me the opportunity of a pint at Fat […]
The Wine Judging Academy convened by WINE magazine and Michael Fridjhon was privileged enough in its first two years of existence to attract the services of the late Bill Baker, UK wine merchant by trade and devotee of the good life by nature. He had a wonderful expression for wines that he particularly liked, describing […]
It was off to the Cameroon vs. Netherlands World Cup game at Green Point Stadium last night. We arrived at Cape Town station and took the fan walk to the ground. Being 2.4km long, it was essential to stop for refreshment and with Vasco da Gama Taverna, Cape Town’s best Portuguese bar and restaurant (sorry […]
Laurent-Perrier Brut 1990 out of magnum. The occasion? A drinks party to celebrate my sister Jane’s engagement to Greg Hansen. ‘Nuff said.
To start proceedings at the World Cup tasting held at Boland Cellar on Tuesday (see previous post), three vintages of Dézaley Grand Cru Médinette from highly regarded Swiss producer Louis Bovard. Swiss cheese and Swiss chocolate we’re all familiar with, but its wine? It was going to be interesting to see if it was a […]
Josie says: “Partook of the delicious, light-hearted Splattered Toad Sauvignon Blanc 2009 to celebrate the simultaneous win and non-promotion of Bafana Bafana on Tuesday. You’d imagine such a bittersweet victory would have necessitated a more appropriately tricky Pinotage, but considering that my company at the time were white wine drinkers, not to mention my own […]