Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle “La Cuvée” NV vs. Constantia Uitsig Brut 2006

Harold Eedes, my late dad, would have turned 66 on Friday. In his memory, a magnum of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle “La Cuvée” NV. Grand Siècle refers to the 17th century when Louis XIV ruled and a period of great prosperity for France. A bit of Internet research reveals that the wine is approximately half Chardonnay […]

August 9, 2010
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Neil Ellis Vineyard Selection Grenache 2007

The luxurious and consequently not inexpensive Grande Roche in Paarl might have been an incongruous venue to judge entries submitted for inclusion in WINE magazine’s 2010 Best Value Wine Guide but pleasurable even so. With the process complete by lunch time yesterday, hotel GM Gawie Marx treated his fellow panel members to lunch on the […]

August 7, 2010
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Topical pic: Judging for WINE magazine’s 2010 Best Value Wine Guide under way

Tasting for WINE magazine’s 2010 Best Value Wine Guide  began this week, entries for possible inclusion amounting to 969 compared to 1 093 in 2009. Judges include Christine Rudman CWM in the capacity of floating chair, Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, Ginette de Fleuriot of Wineworx, Gawie Marx, general manager of the Grande […]

August 4, 2010
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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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