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

Alto Shiraz 2011


A bit like when your favourite indie band signs with a major record company, Stellenbosch property Alto lost a lot of its mystique when it came to be owned by Lusan Premium Wines (a joint venture between German financier Hans Schrieber and Distell). … [Read more...]

Dombeya Fenix 2009

Big bird.

With the 2009 vintage, the Bordeaux-style red blend from Dombeya Wines owned by American businessman Preston Haskell changes name from Altus to Fenix, this the result of a legal challenge brought by producer-wholesaler Distell on the basis that … [Read more...]

Earthbound Organic Chenin Blanc 2013

Warm fuzzies.

Cape Legends, the fine wine division of producer-wholesaler Distell, recently relaunched its Tukulu range of wines produced on Papkuilsfontein in Darling as Earthbound with Fairtrade certification – for every bottle that is sold, R6.50 is re-invested … [Read more...]

Bisquit Cognac XO

Liquid bling.

My head was spinning yesterday afternoon and it wasn’t just because I’d sampled all three products in the Bisquit Cognac range with lunch. Sales of Scotch whisky in France are now equal to the sales of Cognac worldwide, according to Bisquit president … [Read more...]

Lanzerac Pinotage 1963

On Friday, a visit to the Tabernacle, Distell’s underground wine library housing a 14 000-bottle collection of rare local and international wines. A small group of tasters including the likes of Wineanorak.com’s Jamie Goode and Greg Sherwood MW were … [Read more...]

Red ESCape 2010

Connection timed out?

Okay, so I missed the online launch of Red ESCape 2010 (R54 a bottle) on internet-based radio station Zone Radio this past Wednesday but I think you have to give brand-owner Distell points for trying. The label attempts to attract the wired … [Read more...]