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

Sandrone Nebbiolo d’Alba Valmaggiore 2009

Neatly done.

Last night a six-course dinner cooked by Peter Tempelhoff of the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel in Constantia to mark the start of the fourth annual Constantia Fresh festival. With each dish, a Constantia wine up against one or two international … [Read more...]

Eagles’ Nest Verreaux 2008

Eagles' Nest Verreaux 2008

Eagles’s Nest , a relatively new winery in Constantia, has done so well with its Shiraz that I’ve tended to overlook its other offerings. During dinner on Friday night at the Cellars-Hohenort Hotel’s The Greenhouse Restaurant to mark the start of … [Read more...]

J.L. Chave Hermitage 2007


So Constantia Bordeaux-style red blends can hold their own against some pretty stiff competition from the rest of the world (see yesterday’s post). But what of Constantia Shiraz? There’s growing excitement about the potential of relatively … [Read more...]

Buitenverwachting Christine 1995

The business.

The third annual Constantia Fresh festival organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events took place over Friday and Saturday and to begin proceedings, a blind tasting pitching Constantia reds against high-profile international wines. Pfützner, … [Read more...]

Constantia Fresh 2012

Constantia Fresh 2012

The third annual Constantia Fresh festival takes place over 24 and 25 February.  A celebration of the wines of this ward, this year’s programme include the following: 1) Syrah and Bordeaux Blend Tasting (Friday afternoon) This will illustrate how … [Read more...]

Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2008 vs. Domaine Clape Cornas 2007 vs. Groot Constantia Gouverneurs Shiraz 2006


At dinner last night as part of the second annual Constantia Fresh weekend organised by Jörg Pfützner of Fine Wine Events, another chance to see how South Africa stacks up against the best of France. Whereas the local wine industry generally had an … [Read more...]