What I Drank Last Night
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The North Coast wine scene

Wine by Portugal, ice-bucket by SA.

Just back from a family holiday to the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast and I was reminded once again how fragile the domestic wine culture is. Wine lists in restaurants are typically short and dominated by the fare offered by big distributors – it seemed … [Read more...]

Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Rock solid.

It’s hard not to view Stellenbosch cellar Alto as a victim of its own success. Take the red blend known as Rouge. Just under 400 000 litres produced annually, selling for R75 a bottle from the tasting room but often marked down by retailers to R55 a … [Read more...]

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...]