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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

Zampa Syrah 2008, Nashik Valley, India

Zampa Syrah 2008, Nashik Valley, India

Waitrose have released a batch of small wine parcels as part of a World of Wine Showcase. The parcels, spread out across the estate so notRead More

Three Terribly Obscure Wines from Spain

Three Terribly Obscure Wines from Spain

I had to reach for the Wine Opus to find Manchuela on the map. It’s in Spain, obviously, and lies to the north of the cityRead More

A Wine For Curry 1 : Murgh Masala and Viognier

A Wine For Curry 1 : Murgh Masala and Viognier

I’ve never understood the ‘lads night out’ curry thing. The hottest, mouth-numbing, curry they can stomach and copious jugs of lager. I want to taste myRead More

Brewery Hill Chardonnay-Viognier from Naked Wines

Brewery Hill Chardonnay-Viognier from Naked Wines

As part of their tie-up with Jamie Oliver internet retailer Naked Wines are offering a mixed case of wines (either six individual bottles or a doubleRead More

Ingenuity Blends from Nederburg

Ingenuity Blends from Nederburg

Distell – the largest producer in South Africa or the largest exporter (it might even be both!) I’ve asked those really nice people at WOSA forRead More

In The Company of Wine People: brief notes from a tasting

In The Company of Wine People: brief notes from a tasting

The lovely lady in the picture is Isabel, Brand Development Manager for the Company of Wine People who led us through a marvellous tasting on theRead More

Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block

Boekenhoutskloof The Chocolate Block

Rudiger Gretcher is a fine fellow. Not only an excellent host during our meal at Reubens but entertaining plus he gave each of us a bottleRead 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

Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier, 2006, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier, 2006, Vin de Pays d’Oc, France

Wine merchants exist for one single reason – to flog us wine. Their sales patter can verge on the obscene leaving the feeling that they shouldRead More

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