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David Bristow: In praise of boxed wine

I spent an inordinate portion of my youth messing about on mountains. We worked out by trial and error what foods were the lightest...

David Bristow: Umngazi – jewel of the Wild Coast

I’ve been around the block a few times, in just about every sense of the phrase. So much so that some people say my...

David Bristow: A Gambler’s Life – Bill Winshaw

At a tasting some years ago, a wine luminary said to a group of avid admirers: “Wine farming is such a gamble it’s a...

David Bristow: In search of winter fortification

This is the time when snow lies scattered across the high ground of South Africa – like clothes strewn across the floor of a...

David Bristow: Vergelegen – possibly SA’s greatest wine property

The Van der Stel family was among the fabulously rich and well connected of Amsterdam throughout the 17th century, dominating the silk trade there....

David Bristow: Time in the Cederberg – then and now

In the early 1980s I was a mad-keen mountaineer and one winter saw me huddled in a tent below the Tafelberg with snow falling....

David Bristow: The cottages at Beaumont Wines

On moving to the Cape around three decades ago, having explored most of the mountains of the region, what next gave me unlimited pleasure...

David Bristow: Into the Wild West

After a long and typically boozy lunch at the Strandloper beach restaurant in Langebaan, you would be forgiven for thinking you had woken up...