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Tim James: Does wine feature in the perfect mustard?

I can’t be alone in never having (till recently, that is) wondered about the etymological and historical connection between “mustard” and “must”: on the one hand the condiment that comes in a variety of guises, and on the other the freshly pressed juice, skins, stalks etc produced in the first stage of vinification. I discovered [...]

March 2, 2015
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Chocolate and wine pairings in the winelands

Don’t believe those stick-in-the-muds who say that chocolate doesn’t pair with wine. When done well, there are few things as deliciously decadent. It’s a match made in heaven, if you will. But finding the perfect combination is a challenge. Wine’s acidity and tannin can clash with the creaminess and subtle flavor nuances of chocolate. So, [...]

November 6, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
with 1 Comment

Is wine art?

Is wine art? The global wine industry is divided into two broad sectors, roughly 85% of production amounting to “commodity wine” and the remaining 15% “fine wine” so let’s accept that the vast majority of wine – your generic white or red from three-litre bag-in-box – is not art. But what about the top-end stuff? [...]

August 8, 2014
by Christian
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KWV The Mentors Pinotage 2011

The Mentors Pinotage 2011 from KWV (R195 a bottle) won the trophy for best “major red varietal” at the recent Six Nations Wine Challenge as well as double gold at this year’s Veritas Awards. Two major achievements so I was curious to see if it re-defines the Pinotage debate. The short answer is: not really. [...]

October 25, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment

Sequillo White 2012

Different labels every year for the white and the red from Swartland operation Sequillo on the basis that the wine changes every year. The label for the White 2012 depicting protesting labourers in the background to mark the unrest which occurred that year while the label for the Red 2011 shows factories spewing pollution in [...]

October 21, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2008

When to catch the Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof in Franschhoek at its best? It tends to be sullen on release but then transforms into something very good some five years on from vintage. A recent bottle of 2007 was impressive if ever so slightly short of verve (see here) and so last night a bottle of [...]

October 17, 2013
by Christian
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Earthbound Organic Chenin Blanc 2013

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 into the farm and its people. Out of the five wines available, only the Pinot Noir is not organic. [...]

October 14, 2013
by Christian
with 0 Comments

Boschkloof Syrah 2010 vs. 2011

The Syrah 2010 from Boschkloof has picked up some serious bling recently and so I wanted to take a view on just how good it is. “Try it next to the 2011 as there’s a slight change in style,” said Reenen Borman who works with his dad Jacques on this family-owned property in Stellenbosch. Make [...]

October 11, 2013
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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