May 30, 2013
My favourite two wines from our casual wine club last week were both from Marlborough in New Zealand. The Ned Sauvignon Blanc 2012 and Brancott Estate Pinot Noir 2011.
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.
Apr 22, 2013
Two years ago at the London International Wine Fair I tasted Elemental Bob The Turkish at the South African young guns stand. The wines are made by Craig Sheard who by day is the winemaker at Spookfontein. Last week at Wines of South Africa UK’s Braai Day dinner at High Timber I had the opportunity to taste another wine from Elemental Bob – the 2010 My Finite. My Finite is 100% Pinotage from...
Mar 25, 2013
It was an evening of Malbec at our wine club this past weekend. As a single varietal it is a wine that I don’t drink that often, but after Saturday’s line up I think it’s worth looking at more often. Malbec tends to be a part of a blended one, as opposed to being bottled on its own. First wine was from South African winery Doolhof. Interesting that quite a few of us, relatively novice...
Jul 8, 2011
At the Imbibe Exhibition I came across a stand that was proudly selling and promoting ‘Chocolate Wine’. It is called Rubis and is technically a fortified Tempranillo that is spiked with chocolate essence. Rubis is slightly viscous and is 15% alcohol. It basically tastes like the kirsch chocolates that my Dad used to get from one of his colleagues each Christmas, which I would steal out of the...