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


Up, up and away – the premiumisation of Sauvignon Blanc

Out in front.

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED: No wonder Sauvignon Blanc is so many people’s favourite summertime wine – consumption-ready on purchase (no need to age it before drinking) and offering great quality relative to price – lots of primary … [Read more...]

The great bubbly shoot-out

France 1st, SA, 2nd, SA 3rd.

From the December issue of Business Day WANTED out last Friday: The festive season lends itself to drinking bubbles but which bubbles? If you opt for Méthode Cap Classique, there’s always the anxiety that you’re forfeiting quality for economy … [Read more...]

Topical pic – Klein Karoo regional tasting for Platter’s 2012

And didn't we just.

Just back from a two-day trip to the Klein Karoo to taste wines of the region for Platter's 2012. I traveled with Greg de Bruyn CWM, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Belthazar and Balducci’s restaurants at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town and … [Read more...]

Flagstone Word of Mouth Viognier 2008

Peachy.

A tasting of ten examples of Viognier, the line-up including wines that have come to the fore in one context or another as among the best in category. I reviewed the wines with James Pietersen, regular taster for Platter’s and beverage manager for … [Read more...]

Theo Minges Dornfelder Trocken Pfalz 2001

Has a "hoendermis" nose.

“Stick this into a Pinot Noir line-up and nobody will be able to tell the difference,” said Laibach winemaker Francois van Zyl giving me a bottle of Theo Minges Dornfelder Trocken Pfalz 2001 picked up on one of his regular international excursions. I … [Read more...]

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2007

Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf du Pape Blanc 2007

After completing a review of 131 local white blends on behalf of WINE magazine yesterday, off to Magica Roma in Pinelands for lunch with fellow panellists James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants at the V&A … [Read more...]