May 23, 2013
Chatting to Spice Route Wines winemaker Charl du Plessis at the London Wine Trade Fair it sounds like there are some good things happening for a top quality Swartland producer that tends to stay inexplicably under the radar.
Jul 4, 2011
Yesterday I spent the afternoon at The Big Feastival on Clapham Common. The event was presented and put together by Jamie Oliver and his team and was positioned as the only food festival where all the proceeds go to charity. The primary charity was The Jamie Oliver Foundation while 25% of the profits went to the Princes Trust. In typical Oliver fashion, The Big Feastival was laid back and family friendly....
Apr 18, 2011
After spending some time pouring a coffee Pinotage at a consumer wine event over the weekend, my attitude towards this style of wine may have shifted a bit… The coffee Pinotage phenomenon has received a lot of attention in the past few years, from bloggers and mainstream wine writers alike. What started out as an experiment and subsequent product launch by Bertus Fourie, during his time at...
Mar 31, 2011
What do you do when a bottle of wine that you have purchased is corked or has some fault? Do we ever return corked wine to stores? The cork vs screw cap debate is one of the most passionately pursued points amongst wine lovers, writers and producers. The pro-cork lobby along with all of its PR, press releases and nifty videos is one of the most aggressive attempts to influence consumer opinion that I have...
Mar 30, 2011
I was recently fortunate enough to receive two bottles of sweet wine from some South African friends who were visiting London. Sweet wines always seem like a good idea as a gift and are generally appreciated. But now I am trying to figure out where and when to open them. Granted, it’s not the worst predicament to be faced with! The one is the 2002 vintage of the famous Vin de Constance from...