09 Oct 2012
06 Oct 2012
Despite the calls to duty asking us to embrace Chenin Blanc as the National South African White Grape and the reactionary colourful spats generated by the Sauvignon Blanc fraternity, there is only one real South African white wine worth taking to an international gun-fight, and he be Chardonnay.No responses yet | Continue Reading »
05 Oct 2012
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30 Sep 2012
The Bride had just sliced the head off her second masked Yakuza gangster when it hit me: what had really just happened over the past few days? Here I was, sprawled on the futon watching Kill Bill Volume 1, lulled by a warm comatose feeling of exhaustion and satisfied post-hectic workweek euphoria.
What a week, I thought looking at the screen as The Bride, aka Uma Thurman, drove a nail through the head of a Japanese schoolgirl.2 responses | Continue Reading »
23 Sep 2012
To quote my late English teacher, Mister Struthers-Boshoff, “you is what you is, not what’s you thinks you are”. The folk of Wellington in the Western Cape might speak better English – these days – but the fact remains the same: Wellington has long deserved independence as a wine region from neighbour Paarl, to which it was linked via ward status until this year. Because the region knows what it is and knows it can stand on its own two legs.
Although Wellington’s push for independence – carefully actioned by the delicate force of former Springbok rugby player Schalk Burger – may have been egged-on by the general confusion and regional inactivity of Wine of Origin Paarl. As a united regional entity, Paarl is fast becoming about as relevant as a rare foie gras at a vegetarien love-in.No responses yet | Continue Reading »
19 Sep 2012
During a presentation I did at Educvin in Burgundy last year, one of the winemakers said it was every so often necessary to take oneΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗s palate out of the comfort zone. Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├║Electro-shockΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö¼├æ he called it. Put something in your mouth that shakes, rattles and burns your flavour sensors, re-awakening them for the next period of wine tasting.
I donΓò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£├╗t know if this was what Yves had in mind, but I am partial to a double brandy-and-Coke poured to the ratio of a third brandy and two thirds Coke. This hefty dose of spirited sweetness is met with alarm by my cultivated tasting tools, having them cry out in anguish before they are Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£Γöñ like their possessor Γò¼├┤Γö£├ºΓö£Γöñ lulled into a lovely alcoholic comatose state.No responses yet | Continue Reading »
19 Sep 2012