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Marthèlize Tredoux: Terroir – part science, part black magic

Terroir. A familiar term to anyone even remotely interested in wine but one with a seemingly fluid, unfixed definition, depending on context or who you’re asking. Originally limited to the Old World, terroir is now recognised across most – if not all – wine producing regions and the concept has extended into other agricultural products [...]

April 8, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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10 (or so) of the best Valentine’s Day restaurants

Saint Valentine (if he existed at all) was a 4th century celibate who was clubbed to death and then also beheaded. Many of those seeking a restaurant reservation for February 14th know just how he felt. It’s a lose-lose social situation – worse even than Mother’s Day – very few people want to be there [...]

January 12, 2015
by Anna Trapido
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KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Darling vs. Stellenbosch

In the case of the 2012 vintage, KWV will be releasing two versions of Sauvignon Blanc under its top-end The Mentors label. Tasting them next to each other certainly makes terroir more relevant than usual and as to which one you prefer will depend on your affinity for pyrazine character. The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2012 [...]

September 26, 2013
by Christian
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Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Cabernet Merlot Blend 2011

Yesterday the Kleine Zalze Year End Summer Wine Showcase at Michael Broughton’s Terroir, number nine on Eat Out magazine’s 2012 Top 10 Restaurant list. Wine of the day was the Cellar Selection Cabernet Merlot Blend 2011 served with a rather tasty dish of Wagyu beef, bacon and corn risotto, organic baby vegetables and a natural [...]

December 7, 2012
by Christian
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Mulderbosch Steen op Hout Chenin Blanc 2011

What to expect from Mulderbosch now that it is owned by California-based investment company Terroir Capital? For one thing, Chenin Blanc is set to feature prominently – “We want to open up the American dinner table to the variety,” says Charles Banks, part of Terroir’s senior management and formerly co-owner of cult US winery Screaming [...]

March 14, 2012
by Christian
with 3 Comments

A greenie sees red

Received this email from David Bristow, former editor of Getaway magazine. Hey CE, I read you Decanter piece on pino-taag. Good for you. Just one bugbear though, which is a general one. I’m a bit of a greenie, you might have noticed. And it seems to me laughable that winemakers, vine growers, wine snobs and [...]

November 30, 2010
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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