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 […]
Were there any World Cup omens to be had from a wine tasting held at Boland Cellar’s Northern Paarl facility yesterday? Holland based Cees van Casteren, wine writer, educator and consultant hosted a formal blind tasting of 12 wine “icons” produced by the wine producing countries participating in the competition currently playing itself out and […]
When Rudera Robusto 2002 won the 2005 WINE magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge with a residual sugar of 15.7g/l, I recall suggesting to winemaker Teddy Hall that it might be tricky to pair with food. To which, he replied that it was the sort of wine that should be drunk on its own! After business couple […]
Friday saw 11 older Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Wines presented at Jordan Winery Restaurant in Stellenbosch. It was to be an investigation of the age-worthiness of South African wine, a topic that attracts its fair share of controversy. I am inclined to think that when it comes to modern South African reds in particular, these […]
Decanter.com reports that Pauillac first growth Chateau Lafite Rothschild has released a first tranche of its 2009 en primeur wine at €550 a bottle. That’s the equivalent of approximately R5 000 a bottle at the current exchange rate. With the 2007 vintage of Kanonkop Paul Sauer due for release on 1 July at R310 a […]