The 2010 International Wine Challenge awards dinner was held last night, with Callie van Niekerk of producer-wholesaler Distell taking the trophy for white winemaker of the year. Gold medal winners were: Dunstone Shiraz 2008 Fleur Du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2008 Fleur Du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2009 Fleur Du Cap Unfiltered Semillon 2009 Klein […]
Judging of the 231 entries submitted for this year’s WINE magazine Top 10 Sauvignon Blanc competition is set to run over three days at parent company Ramsaymedia’s offices in Pinelands. The panel completed the first batch of 78 wines at 14h45 this afternoon, way too late to head for a plate of spaghetti vongole at […]
The fourth annual WINE magazine Sauvigon Blanc Top 10 competition to be reported on in the November issue has attracted 231 entries compared to 226 last year. The panel is James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants in Cape Town, Pieter de Waal, secretary of the Sauvignon Blanc Interest Group, Trizanne Barnard of […]
Ansgar Flaaten, managing director of wine exporter Flavors of Wine and occasional WINE magazine tasting panel member sent me samples of the first two wines his company has released under the “Mooi” label, consisting of a Chardonnay 2009 and Chenin Blanc Viognier 2009. Flaaten feels there are a lot of vineyards not used to their […]
Fee says: Friday night had me heading to the bright lights in the big city. (Let’s face it, De Waterkant’s lights are brighter than Mowbray’s and there’s definitely more life on the streets.) Mates from Joburg down for a weekend of semi-gration from the Big Smoke had decreed that we were doing Thai. I took […]
Overall income at the 2010 Nederburg Auction completed yesterday jumped to R5 683 810, up 41% from the just over R4 million fetched in 2009 (volumes also up to the equivalent of 5 242 twelve-bottle cases from 4 789). “More business, less bling” seemed to be the attitude of the organisers, and just what was […]
Vinho Verde is the fresh and deliciously unpretentious white of the Minho region in Portugal. Vasco de Gama Tavern in Alfred Street, Cape Town serves excellent peri-peri half chicken and chips (R48.90). A great way to spend lunch. The grapes for Vinho Verde are picked early making for a wine that has a low alcohol […]
The Decanter World Wine Awards 2010 were announced last night, with Cape Point Vineyards Isliedh 2008 taking the international trophy for best white blend above £10 and De Heuvel Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2009 the international trophy for best white varietal above £10. Read more here.