What I Drank Last Night
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Ayama Blanc de Blancs 2008

Get your claws into them.

It’s an open secret that the bubblies from Ayama in the Voor Paardeberg have KWV input. I’m not sure how different they are from the Laborie stuff (the cap under the muselet bears “Taillefert” branding) but no matter as they are pretty smart and … [Read more...]

Laborie Blanc de Blancs 2008

Run of the mill.

The rivalry that has sprung up between producer-wholesalers Distell and KWV in recent times has been fascinating to observe and in most cases the two run each other close. However, the latest batch of Méthode Cap Classique from KWV-owned Laborie are … [Read more...]

KWV Hanepoot Jerepigo 1973


Following a tasting of new releases under the KWV The Mentors label on Tuesday, lunch at Harvest, chef Matthew Gordon’s restaurant on Paarl wine farm Laborie. The last wine to be served: KWV Hanepoot Jerepigo 1973. Brown with a pale green rim, the … [Read more...]

KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2009


There are many reasons to opt for tap water over bottled mineral water when dining out locally: the quality is of a high standard, there’s minimal carbon footprint involved and you get to save money that you can then spend on wine. Harvest, the … [Read more...]

Camelthorn Helles Lager

Camelthorn. Proudly Namibian.

On Saturday, welcome relief from tasting for formal wine tasting in the form of a couple of pints of Camelthorn Helles Lager at the Laborie market in Paarl. Jörg Finkeldey, chemical engineer turned brewing maestro, who spent years setting up … [Read more...]

Laborie Méthode Cap Classique Blanc de Blancs 2007


“Congratulations on your daughter’s second birthday,” said a friend. “You’ve  managed to get her this far, all limbs intact.” An excuse for a small celebration but what bubbly to serve? I found myself at the weekly Laborie Lazy Days Market on … [Read more...]