Opinion

Where are all the winemakers?

Where are all the winemakers?

The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show annually boasts a particularly impressive international representation on its panel of judges and even more commendable, offers anyone the opportunity to attend a judges’ feedback session after the week of judging. I have always...
Do we need to click up our game?

Do we need to click up our game?

The wonderful and captivating, yet sometimes intimidating world of technology has come a long way since that first ever computer that filled up an entire room. Words like e-book, iPad, Blackberry, Twitter, LinkedIn and reddit would have made our ancestors (and even...
Taste SA’s “Top 100” wines

Taste SA’s “Top 100” wines

The new Top 100 SA Wine Challenge competition has drawn considerable attention. The nine judges comprised internationals and locals, of which five were Masters of Wine, with Tim Atkin as Chair of the 2011 panel. A total of 411 wines were entered, with top performers...
An Italian faggot, Dolci Musicali and bold Bordeaux

An Italian faggot, Dolci Musicali and bold Bordeaux

A lamb faggot that is, which is a type of traditional meatball wrapped in caul fat, presented with all sorts of fondants, purees and jus. This was served with the flagship Morgenster 2008 at the Estate’s 300 year anniversary – with a mix of local...
Are we barking up the wrong tree?

Are we barking up the wrong tree?

After receiving a sample of Hartenberg’s non-screwcap Sauvignon Blanc 2010, and in light of the recent ongoing debate regarding wine closures, I did some reading (and drinking) of my own.   Non-surprisingly, both sides of this cold war believe that...
Bargain hunter’s paradise

Bargain hunter’s paradise

While browsing around on my daily skinder search today, I came across a Wine magazine special feature on Cabernets that cost less than R40, as well as a press release about a new value-driven warehouse concept by Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar and a news snippet on...

Vanilla with a hint of Chardonnay?

         One of the highlights every month is the tasting of newly released wines – it provides us with the opportunity to get to know new trends and varieties, while giving our readers a true description of the wines, compared to the sometimes flowery and meaningless...
Brampton’s funky home in Stellenbosch

Brampton’s funky home in Stellenbosch

Out of the box. This best describes the thinking of the brain-squad tasked with pumping new funk into the contemporary wine Brand, Brampton. One of the strategies was to give Brampton a ‘home’ in Church Street, Stellenbosch. An afternoon with DGB marketing...
Robertson – big valley, small pleasures

Robertson – big valley, small pleasures

Visiting the winemakers of Robertson Winery for an article on their Pinot Noir plantings, the newest addition to the WineLand team, journalist Elona Nel found the time to investigate further. A town known for its warm temperatures and people, it is also one of the...
My top 10 Argus 2011 highlights

My top 10 Argus 2011 highlights

10. The two guys that wore lion suits and got furious if you had mistaken them for bears instead of lions. 9. The fact that Suikerbossie is way overrated. 8. The German woman that casually chain-smoked all the way to Green Point. 7. The random oke that started...
The modern day Frog Prince

The modern day Frog Prince

A lady recently bought a packet of salad from the store chain where yuppies buy salad and orchids along with their pre-cooked meals for the week. To her surprise, she found a fresh frog amongst the crispy lettuce. Now, one would expect that any discerning, modern...
Magna Carta luxury

Magna Carta luxury

If you want to prove it’s the best, serve it with the best. This seems to have been the approach to the launch of the 2009 Steenberg Magna Carta on Monday. A small group of media were treated to an evening of Roederer Cristal, Kaluga caviar, crayfish, foie gras...