What I Drank Last Night
Good Booze. Good Food. Good Company.

Backsberg Pinot Noir 1985

Still trucking.

“You must first understand the basics of wine and food interaction and then you can experiment with complete freedom,” says Nancy Gilchrist MW and wine educator. She was speaking at a tasting of the Black Label range from Paarl producer Backsberg … [Read more...]

Backsberg John Martin Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009


It’s clearly part of my fatal fascination with Sauvignon Blanc that even in the depths of winter and amidst literally hundreds of samples to taste for the 2013 edition of Platter’s, I can’t help opening a bottle as an aperitif. Last night, the … [Read more...]

Kanonkop Cabernet Sauvignon 1973

Die groot kanon.

The beginning of judging for Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2012 and the customary Sunday afternoon old wines tasting followed  by as informal a supper as the luxury Grande Roche hotel in Paarl can manage. My top white wine was Backsberg Chardonnay … [Read more...]

Wine trend: alternative packaging

Picnic wine.

It 's entirely appropriate that Backsberg, South Africa’s first carbon neutral winery, also lead the way when it comes to bottling wine in PET soft bottles, the first product coming to market in 2010 under the Tread Lightly label. PET (which … [Read more...]