Topical pic: WINE magazine Bdx-style red blend tasting under way

This year’s Bordeaux-style red blend tasting to be reported on in the September issue of WINE magazine  has attracted 115 submissions compared to 123 in 2009. The panel is myself, Ginette de Fleuriot of Wineworx, Charles Hopkins, winemaker at De Grendell in Durbanville, Bernard Le Roux, winemaker at Noble Hill in Paarl and restarateur Jonathan […]

July 6, 2010
by Christian
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Boplaas Cape Tawny Reserve Port 1997

In terms of a major trade agreement between South Africa and the European Union ongoing for some ten years now, we agreed to desist from the use of the names Port, Sherry, Grappa and Ouzo by 2012 and they would pay €15 million (approximately R144 million) as compensation. Guess what? No money has been forthcoming […]

July 5, 2010
by Christian
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What “Lauren” drank on 01.07

Lauren says: “Last night I made my first risotto, crammed with Portobello mushrooms, lashings of Beyerskloof Pinotage, baby spinach, tossed with parmesan and pine nuts. Enjoyed with a good friend, it was even better paired with a Jason’s Hill Pinotage 2005, still packed with lots of sweet juicy strawberry fruits with lovely smooth well integrated […]

July 5, 2010
by Christian
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Windmeul Chenin Blanc 2010

The older I get, the more I think I suffer from agoraphobia (fear of public places). With the 2010 Stellenbosch Wine Festival in full swing this weekend, I have to confess that I was glad to decamp to my parents-in-law’s home in Wellington for the week-end. Needs must when the devil drives and upon awakening […]

July 4, 2010
by Christian
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Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2007

Needing an end-of-day palate cleanser recently, we popped into Caveau in Heritage Square, Cape Town. The establishment continues to run its “Vintage Wine at Vintage Prices” promotion and when we saw Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2007 at R170 a bottle, our minds were made up. Among CPV’s many attributes is how age-worthy the wines […]

July 2, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: KWV’s fantastic four

KWV: from hugely influential parastatal to just another big wine company fighting for market share in both the domestic and international wine and spirit markets. As CEO Thys Loubser succinctly put it during a strategy session yesterday, the KWV used to operate essentially as “the remover of excess grapes from the industry” but now wants […]

July 2, 2010
by Christian
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SA wine in a sound bite

During lunch yesterday hosted by Billy and Penny Hughes to promote their Nativo wines, I sat next to Tanja Robinson of wine exporters Robinson & Sinclair (clients including the likes of Havana Hills and Saronsberg as well as Hughes Family Wines) and she was relating the typical prejudices she encounters about South African wine when […]

July 1, 2010
by Christian
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Hughes Family Wines Nativo White 2009

Billy Hughes left the country of his birth Argentina in 1990 because it was “a mess” – longstanding economic problems had bought on ruinous hyperinflation. His intention was to travel the world, but arrived in Cape Town and never moved on. Now a SA citizen, he is married to Zimbabwean Penny. How did they meet? […]

July 1, 2010
by Christian
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