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Brief notes from a tasting: Kleine Zalze Estate, Stellenbosch

Brief notes from a tasting: Kleine Zalze Estate, Stellenbosch

An ideal introducton to the wines and foods of South Africa – the award winning Terrior Restaurant in the Kleine Zalze Estate – one of SouthRead More

Great Iberian Wines From Vinoteca

Great Iberian Wines From Vinoteca

Two lovely people – Ryan and Gabriella – from Catavino, hosted an excellent Iberian wine tasting at Vinoteca, London last Friday. Unusually for me I’m gettingRead More

Two Wines From South Africa

Two Wines From South Africa

Being at the forefront of wine tasting and involved in the trade for an ever lengthening number of years it is often a surprise and aRead More

Brief Notes from the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008

Brief Notes from the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008

Brief notes scribbled at the London International Wine and Spirits Fair in Excel of the Top 100 Vins de Pays 2008. Of the 1,214 samples submittedRead More

A Choice of Two Reds

A Choice of Two Reds

What I should have been concerned with was folding the pastry up and over to retain the heavily (overly!) mounded filling. Instead my concerns rested withRead More

Fattoira le Sorgenti Scirus, 2003, Tuscany, Italy.

Fattoira le Sorgenti Scirus, 2003, Tuscany, Italy.

This has to be the best hunk of roast lamb to come out of my oven. Juicy. The perfect level of pinkness in the centre. ARead More

Ses’Fikile Wines, South Africa

Ses’Fikile Wines, South Africa

Ses’fikile Wines is owned and controlled by empowered women, three pioneering ex-school teachers actually, in one of the largest black townships, Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape.Read More

A Dish For Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

A Dish For Howard Park Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon

No apologies for featuring another wine from the excellent Howard Park stable; this is their old vine Cabernet Sauvignon from the Great Southern Region of WesternRead More

Combinations – A Wine for Steak and Mushroom Pie

Combinations – A Wine for Steak and Mushroom Pie

To be honest just about any decent red wine would go with this puff pastry topped Steak and Mushroom Pie. The herby flavours, juicy meat andRead More

Wine Tasting Note: Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, 2004, Western Australia

Wine Tasting Note: Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, 2004, Western Australia

Wine Tasting Note: Howard Park Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot, 2004, Western Australia. Dripping with gorgeous ripe, peppery, scrummy fruit. Wonderful balance and youthfully delicious with smooth blackberry fruitRead More

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