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
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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
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Blind vs. sighted tastings

Whatidranklastnight.co.za might not have been live for very long, but it seems it is already causing a stir. Neil Pendock noted on his blog Pendock Uncorked that  according to my potted CV (here) I will now also be a taster for Platter’s which operates sighted, in addition to continuing to chair the WINE magazine tasting […]

June 2, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: WINE magazine Shiraz Challenge 2010 under way

This year’s Shiraz Challenge has attracted 186 entries down from 247 in 2009. Are we finally seeing some market consolidation? The panel  is myself, Carrie Adams of retailer Norman Goodfellows, Miguel Chan, group sommelier for Souther Sun hotels, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and Christine Rudman, CWM. […]

June 1, 2010
by Christian
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Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2010: Relative success of categories

Below is a list of all the gold medals (including museum class) awarded per category over the nine years that the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show has been running. It is interesting to note that on this basis Cabernet Sauvignon is the strongest category over time, followed by Chardonnay and then Bordeaux-style red blends. Those […]

June 1, 2010
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What “Skywalker” drank on 31.05

Skywalker says: While not from a great Bordeaux vintage, this property never disappoints!

June 1, 2010
by Christian
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What Victor Strugo drank on 30.05

Victor Strugo says: Congrats on your new blog. To enter into the appropriate spirit, here’s wot we drank at home with our hot dogs on Sunday nite. OK, I admit we didn’t really waste it on hot-dogs, but we had to open it because we have a lot of drinking to ketchup.

May 31, 2010
by Christian
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