I had a very elegant French boyfriend a long time ago who told me that drinking wine with hot soup would crack your teeth! I was very sceptical of that but it comes to mind whenever I sit down to a hot bowl of soup. That being said, the other evening I went round to […]
In addition to Friday being the commencement of World Cup 2010, it was also the first birthday of our daughter Zöe. What more excuse for a celebratory lunch? “She turns one and mum and dad decide to have a feast,” as our waitress at Magica Roma in Pinelands observed. Well, yes. The intention was to […]
Skywalker says: Pisano “Axis Mundi” Tannat. Uruguay’s finest is huge; big and bold.
Call me a plebeian but I prefer the second-label Ugaba 2008 from Stellenbosch farm Anwilka to the property’s flagship 2008. Anwilka is the joint venture between Bruno Prats, former owner of Cos-d’Estournel in St-Estèphe, Hubert de Boüard de Laforest, co-owner of St-Émilion property Angelus, and Lowell Jooste of Klein Constantia. On Wednesday, Prats and Jooste […]
Leafroll virus is generally considered the biggest limitation to further quality advancements in the South African wine industry, the most important effect of the disease being a reduction in the yield and quality of fruit from infected vines. Symptoms of leafroll virus appear between the time of harvest and leaf fall. On affected vines, the […]
Yesterday, I undertook the always interesting exercise of comparing the effect of different dosages on a bubbly that’s about to be finally bottled. My parents-in-law Naas and Jenny Ferreira own Klein Optenhorst, a property in the Bovlei valley of Wellington where they have created an internationally renowned garden, open to the public in October each […]
Paul Boutinot, one of the UK’s leading wine importers, set out in 1993 to search the world for a site capable of producing “truly fine wine with a defining sense of origin”. It would take him 10 years to find what he was looking for, and that was Waterkloof on the south-facing slopes of the […]
From Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, chief executive of Champagne house Taittinger quoted on Decanter.com: ‘I am worried about pensions. I am worried about the debt of our countries. We will have less money,’ Taittinger said. ‘But we will always have the time to make love and drink Champagne, and we will do it even more.’ Read rest […]