Why start a blog in the first place?

Previously published in the December 2009 issue of WINE magazine: The times they are a-changin’ Free is emerging as a fully fledged economy In 2007, UK rock band Radiohead made their new album, In Rainbows, available for download on their official website, happy to accept whatever their fans were comfortable paying, even nothing. This was […]

June 8, 2010
by Christian
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Dombeya Cabernet Sauvignon 2007

This blog is not purely an exercise in vanity so I’m sitting here drinking the rather good Dombeya Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (4½ Stars in the April issue of WINE magazine) and wondering how to get my Uniform Resource Locator further up the Google rankings. It appears that when you type in “What I drank last […]

June 6, 2010
by Christian
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Note to self: don’t be a wanker

From  Giles Coren of UK newspaper The Sunday Times on Roux at Parliament Sqaure, 12 Great George Street, London: “The only other punters…  were a table of pale, flabby people taking photographs of everything on their plates before eating it. I assume these people were food bloggers. And all power to them. My wife is […]

June 6, 2010
by Christian
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Constantia Uitsig Semillon Reserve 2003

Fruit of our loins Zoë turns one on Friday 11 June – what other baby has her own birthday countdown clock? With her in the safekeeping of granny last night, her mum and I snuck off for drinks at Caveau at the Mill in Newlands. A blackboard advertised “Vintage Wines at Vintage Prices” including Constantia […]

June 6, 2010
by Christian
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Flagstone Dark Horse Shiraz 2007

Flagstone was founded by Bruce Jack as an innovative and fiercely independent label in the late 1990s. Grapes were sourced from around the country and winemaking premises were initially located at the V&A Waterfront and later moved to a converted dynamite factory on an industrial estate in Somerset West. It seemed contrary to the Jack […]

June 5, 2010
by Christian
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L’Avenir Grand Vin Pinotage 2007

Thursday night was the Johannesburg public tasting of some of the top-performing examples of Pinotage from WINE magazine’s category review. Question of the evening was how it could be explained that two of the wines that were included in the line-up had also been on show at the recent tasting of the gold and silver […]

June 5, 2010
by Christian
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Bartinney Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Two days into this year’s Shiraz Challenge judging and I needed something crisp and refreshing. The Sauvingon Blanc 2009 from Bartinney, the Stellenbosch farm owned by First National Bank CEO Michael Jordaan, proved just the trick. After winemaking stints at first Groot Constantia and then Doolhof in Wellington, Therese de Beer joined Bartinney in January […]

June 3, 2010
by Christian
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What Chris Williams drank on 01.06

Meerlust winemaker Chris Williams says: Keen to post what I tasted today – if only I knew what they were, but I encountered 12 white wines in Blackfriars, London as the first day of the MW tasting exam.  If I’m right, we started off with 2 white Burgundies, Chablis and Mersault, I think. Then five […]

June 3, 2010
by Christian
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