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

Palladius 2011

The benchmark has just been raised.

On Friday, a tasting of the new releases from Sadie Family Wines. The highlight was the white blend Palladius 2011, one of the finest wines I’ve ever tasted out of South Africa. Palladius 2011 Case price: R 2636.34 Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc, … [Read more...]

CE’s top 12 wines of 2012

Profoundly good.

Below are my dozen most memorable wines of 2012. Beaumont Hope Marguerite Chenin Blanc 2011 Price: R150 This is a label which has been around for a while but under the careful stewardship of winemaker Sebastian Beaumont just seems to get more … [Read more...]

Columella 2009

Versatile with food.

If your reason for being is to showcase the world’s best wines, then why would you choose a hotel whose chefs specialise in Indian cooking to provide the catering? It appears that The White Club opted for The Taj in Cape Town to host its dinner and … [Read more...]

Columella 2010

The shiz niz.

Earlier today the pre-release tasting of  the new vintages of The Sadie Family Wines (on-sale date: 2 July). Tasting notes and scores below: Columella 2010: 19/20 Case price: R3522.60 (6x750ml unless otherwise specified) 80% Syrah, 17% … [Read more...]

The Great Pork Belly Party – the reds


On Saturday one of those semi-regular gatherings of friends were the meal is pre-determined and those attending must bring suitable wine. To eat, slow roasted pork belly; to drink, an extraordinarily wide array of wines. As an aperitif, Champagne … [Read more...]

Sadie Family Wines Columella 2007 vs. Rustenberg Peter Barlow 2006

Both named after some historical dudes.

After three days of judging the Best Value Wine Guide 2012 (featuring wines below R60 a bottle) sponsored by Ultra Liquors and to be disseminated with Ramsay media travel title Getaway now that it’s former stablemate Wine is no longer, two big-ticket … [Read more...]