What I Drank Last Night
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Bollinger Exceptional Wine Services Award 2013

Kayetan Meissner of Bosman’s Restaurant, Grande Roche Hotel.

Yesterday the announcement that Kayetan Meissner, sommelier at Bosman’s Restaurant at the Grande Roche Hotel in Paarl had won the third annual Bollinger Exceptional Wine Services Award, the other two finalists having been Xolani Mancotywa, sommelier … [Read more...]

Alexanderfontein Chip Off the Old Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Serve chilled.

Last night,  a party to celebrate my mum Anthea's 70th birthday. For those who are curious, the wines were as follows: Laurent-Perrier Brut N/V Alexanderfontein Chip Off the Old Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (among the FNB Sauvignon Blanc Awards Top … [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...]

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle 1990


Mèthode Cap Classique can’t be compared to Champagne – the climatic conditions which apply in the areas where the respective sparkling wines originate are just too different. Up to a point, I buy this argument but a bottle of Laurent-Perrier Grand … [Read more...]

Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle “La Cuvée” NV vs. Constantia Uitsig Brut 2006

-Perrier Grand Siècle "La Cuvée" NV

Harold Eedes, my late dad, would have turned 66 on Friday. In his memory, a magnum of Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle "La Cuvée" NV. Grand Siècle refers to the 17th century when Louis XIV ruled and a period of great prosperity for France. A bit of … [Read more...]

Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P

At R458 a bottle from Cape Town boutique wine store Caroline’s Fine Wine Cellar, Laurent-Perrier Brut L-P is not the kind of stuff that a self-employed wine writer cracks open all the time. But I’ve been tasting bubbly all week (see previous posts … [Read more...]