Neethlingshof Short Story Collection The Caracal 2005

Last night a dinner to showcase some of the wines from Stellenbosch winery Neethlingshof at Sidedish restaurant in Bokaap, Cape Town.  I sat with the winemaker De Wet Viljoen and his wife Annelie, a grape buyer for producer wholesaler Distell, and the talk quickly turned to the state of the national industry. “Plenty of negatives […]

August 4, 2010
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Knorhoek Two Cubs Red Blend 2008

Last night’s guilty pleasure: Butler’s home-delivery pizza with a glass of dry red while watching ‘Dancing with the Stars’ on the telly. Earlier in the day I’d read Neil Pendock’s column in the Travel & Food section of the Sunday Times entitled “A who-cares contest”, his take on the recent Global Trader Shiraz Challenge convened […]

August 2, 2010
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Rickety Bridge Shiraz 2004

What I really had in mind for lunch was to hook up with mates for a pie and chips and a pint or three of Guiness at Fireman’s Arms, arguably Cape Town’s best pub. However, suffering from sports fan fatigue, I’d overlooked the fact that the All Blacks would be playing the Wallabies at around […]

July 31, 2010
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Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc 1993

Post the Nebbiolo tasting at Steenberg on Wednesday morning, an excellent lunch at on-site restaurant Bistro 1682 consisting of marrow bones on toast, followed by steak tartare, an animal protein blow-out that offset the high-natural acidity, high tannin wines left over from our earlier  endeavours. Once our repast was over, it was not difficult to […]

July 30, 2010
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What “Skywalker” drank on 27.07.10

Skywalker says:  “Peyre Rose Clos Syrah Léone 1994. A lesson in how to oak Syrah; it’s there but you can’t taste it!” Here you get to reminisce not just about bottles drunk but also great meals eaten and the crazy, crazy gang that was there at the time. Send photos and brief comments to widlneditor@gmail.com. […]

July 29, 2010
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Steenberg Nebbiolo 2003 et al.

For a pretty wide spread of wine scores, check out how the Steenberg Shiraz 2008 did in this year’s Global Trader Shiraz Challenge convened by WINE magazine: I gave it 14 on the 20-point scale, Carrie Adams of Johannesburg wine retailer Norman Goodfellows 14.5, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Cape Town restaurants Balducci’s and Belthazar […]

July 29, 2010
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The Obikwa Shiraz phenomenon and Harry Potter books

The debate happening around Obikwa Shiraz 2009, best value winner at this year’s Global Trader Shiraz Challenge convened by WINE magazine is fascinating, various sub-themes such as populism vs. elitism and even the odd conspiracy theory (was it all a well-orchestrated marketing ploy?) coming to the fore. By far the majority of online commentary has […]

July 27, 2010
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Death of the wine critic

UK wine commentator Robert Joseph writes on The Joseph Report: “Professional wine writers naturally hate being pushed off the perch by unqualified colleagues, but to be brutally frank, the discomfiture of these writers is not the concern of wine producers and distributors. Their challenge lies in finding ways to make their product, the place they […]

July 25, 2010
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