Blind vs. sighted tastings

Whatidranklastnight.co.za might not have been live for very long, but it seems it is already causing a stir. Neil Pendock noted on his blog Pendock Uncorked that  according to my potted CV (here) I will now also be a taster for Platter’s which operates sighted, in addition to continuing to chair the WINE magazine tasting […]

June 2, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: WINE magazine Shiraz Challenge 2010 under way

This year’s Shiraz Challenge has attracted 186 entries down from 247 in 2009. Are we finally seeing some market consolidation? The panel  is myself, Carrie Adams of retailer Norman Goodfellows, Miguel Chan, group sommelier for Souther Sun hotels, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and Christine Rudman, CWM. […]

June 1, 2010
by Christian
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010: Relative success of categories

Below is a list of all the gold medals (including museum class) awarded per category over the nine years that the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show has been running. It is interesting to note that on this basis Cabernet Sauvignon is the strongest category over time, followed by Chardonnay and then Bordeaux-style red blends. Those […]

June 1, 2010
by Christian
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What “Skywalker” drank on 31.05

Skywalker says: While not from a great Bordeaux vintage, this property never disappoints!

June 1, 2010
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What Victor Strugo drank on 30.05

Victor Strugo says: Congrats on your new blog. To enter into the appropriate spirit, here’s wot we drank at home with our hot dogs on Sunday nite. OK, I admit we didn’t really waste it on hot-dogs, but we had to open it because we have a lot of drinking to ketchup.

May 31, 2010
by Christian
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Badenhorst Family Wines Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2008

Lunch yesterday was at Pete Goffe-Wood’s  Wild Woods bistro and bar next to the Chapman’s Peak Hotel in Hout Bay. The menu advises that “everything is cooked from scratch” and the food took a good while to emerge from the kitchen. This gave us plenty of time to peruse the winelist and Goffe- Wood deserves […]

May 31, 2010
by Christian
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Glen Carlou Gravel Quarry Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

It doesn’t get more traditional than a North vs. South rugby derby and it doesn’t get more traditional than roast Karoo lamb with potatoes and cauliflower in cheese sauce. An emphatic victory by the Blue Bulls over the Stormers in the Super 14 final meant it was going to take something special to wash away […]

May 30, 2010
by Christian
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Altydgedacht Barbera 2008

Massimo’s Pizza Club run by Massimo and Tracy Orione makes the best pizza in Cape Town by some distance. When we heard that this would be the last weekend it would be operating from its old premises in Hout Bay before re-opening in Spring at an as yet undisclosed new location, we rushed to make […]

May 29, 2010
by Christian
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