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Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Platter’s South African Wine Guide

Not sure I quite understand the significance of the coffee pot that Bertus Fourie is shown pouring his wine from on page 312; but it hasRead More

Diemersfontein Pinotage 2009

Diemersfontein Pinotage 2009

Now liver is one of those dividing dishes – you either love it or can’t abide the stuff. Me? I’m firmly in the lover category. OneRead More

For Those Who Don’t Tweet – Notes from the South African Mega Tasting

For Those Who Don’t Tweet – Notes from the South African Mega Tasting

For those who don’t follow Spittoon on Twitter (via wine_scribbler) a recap on the twitter tasting notes sent during the South African Wine Mega Tasting. HeldRead More

Brief Notes from a Visit – Beyerskloof

Brief Notes from a Visit – Beyerskloof

If you need to know anything about Pinotage the man to talk to is Beyers Truter (if you can’t find Peter May, of course). Beyers hasRead More

PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa’s Own Wine by Peter May

PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa’s Own Wine by Peter May

A press release from my good friend Peter May on his new book PINOTAGE: Behind the Legends of South Africa’s Own Wine. Pinotage is South Africa’sRead More

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

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

Wine Matching With A Winter Salad

Wine Matching With A Winter Salad

A little food and wine matching experimentation – the food being a roasted beetroot salad (Baked Beetroot with Pancetta and Rocket Aioli) with the choice ofRead 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

ABSA Top 10 Pinotage Competition 2006.

ABSA Top 10 Pinotage Competition 2006.

Not to everyone’s taste is Pinotage – South Africa’s own unique red grape variety. I wasn’t a fan for a long time hating that distinctive rustyRead More

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