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 […]
From Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, chief executive of Champagne house Taittinger quoted on Decanter.com: ‘I am worried about pensions. I am worried about the debt of our countries. We will have less money,’ Taittinger said. ‘But we will always have the time to make love and drink Champagne, and we will do it even more.’ Read rest […]
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 […]
My sister-in-law Melissa is very chuffed with herself for having managed to get back into size 28 jeans after adopting a programme of careful eating. During Sunday lunch, for instance, she opted for boiled instead of roast potatoes to go with her chicken. When it came to dessert, however, there was no resisting Jamie Oliver’s […]
Brandy leads to this. Great hangover song.
According to wine writer Neil Pendock “SA wine writing is in disarray”, and it’s hard to disagree. As he noted in his blog Pendock Uncorked earlier this week: “Fynproe, the trendy Afrikaans language wine magazine, is to cease publication with the February/March issue after three years of losses subsidized by sister magazine Wineland. Noseweek seems […]