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Jancis Robinson on international wine trends

The speaker everyone wanted to hear at the 10th annual VinPro Information Day held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre yesterday was of course Jancis Robinson MW. Which kind of belied her contention that the “tyranny of points is receding” as consumers put less and less store in the opinion of critics but maybe [...]

January 23, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 2 Comments

Reyneke Reserve Red 2012

Another current-release Syrah which comes with meaningful endorsement behind it is the Reserve Red 2012 from Reyneke Wines in Stellenbosch, founder of Grape.co.za Tim James nominating this as his red wine of 2014. Whereas it used to be a Cab/Shiraz blend, the 2012 consists of 100% Syrah assembled from “the most interesting and expressive barrels” [...]

January 22, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments

David Donde: A potted history of coffee retail in SA

In the beginning, coffee retail was based on the concept of the Viennese coffee house. And all was good. If you wanted a cream torte and some bitter stuff to keep you awake to make it through to drinking hour. A second wave of coffee consumption to sweep through popular culture came with the Espresso [...]

January 21, 2015
by David Donde
with 0 Comments

Jeanri-Tine Van Zyl: On choosing cooking wine

Aah, the joys of instant messaging. Planning happens on the go and schedules are plotted on a string of single words and the dial of the sun. “Sundowners?”… “Sure”… “Harveys?”… “Shot”… “17:30”. Hey man, if you are 30-something, instant messaging is the tool to use when you quickly needs to fill those unexpected lulls in [...]

January 21, 2015
by Jeanri-Tine van Zyl
with 2 Comments

Harbour House – restaurant review

On the restaurant reviewer’s tick list, the décor of Harbour House in Kalk Bay has always scored high. It’s not just the location of the building, boundaried by sea and harbour. The combination of wooden surfaces, picture windows, navy-and-white upholstery fabrics and curved metallic surfaces sends a powerful message to our brains: “I’m on a [...]

January 21, 2015
by Daisy Jones
with 0 Comments

Bistro Michel – restaurant review

South African eating establishments often call themselves bistros but very few fit with the original French definition of the word. According to American food writer Daniel Young, author of The Bistros, Brasseries and Wine Bars of Paris, a bistro must have a recognisable neighbourhood, stylish yet casual feel, a focus on wine not beer, a [...]

January 21, 2015
by Anna Trapido
with 0 Comments

Capensis Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday the launch of a new ultra-premium Chardonnay, the product of a joint venture between Barbara Banke of US wine company Jackson Family Wines and Anthony Beck of Graham Beck Wines. Viticulturist is Rosa Kruger and winemaker Graham Weerts, who started out at DGB but was lured to the States by the late Jess Jackson [...]

January 21, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 6 Comments

Boschendal Cecil John Reserve Shiraz 2012

Owned by producer-wholesaler DGB, Boschendal should have more cachet as a wine label than it does. The 2012 vintage of Cecil John Reserve Shiraz (R235 a bottle) is a cracker, however. Made by Bertho van der Westhuizen, previously part of the Kleine Zalze team, 50% of grapes come from a vineyard just off Winery Road [...]

January 20, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments
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