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Willow Creek Nuy Valley Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Only a couple of months ago I was writing about the Willow Creek Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil that is packed in the unique Gourmet Squeeze bottle developed by Andries Rabie, CEO of Willow Creek. This


Portugal Sails into the Black Land

I was looking at a stuffed wild cat when the morning’s first sip of vermouth was taken. Like the cat, the vermouth was Adi Badenhorst’s, he of the big hair and short, stocky Swartland swagger. The

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Akkerdal from Afrique du Sud

If you're making a wine in Franschhoek, it comes naturally to declare it a wine from Afrique du Sud and if its a Merlot running at 12% alcohol, you can do so with knobs on. For this is probably the mo


Creation Wines, Nuwejaarsrivier trout, leek & apple compote, spring onion & potato croquette, caper cream sauce

Specially created by Creation chef, Warwick Taylor to be a perfect match with Creation Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2014, Jean-Claude and Carolyn Martin’s Bordeaux style white blend.  It seems hard


Cape Peninsula University of Technology are SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Champions 2014

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) was announced the champion of the 7th Annual SAB Intervarsity Beer Brewing Challenge 2014 during an awards ceremony late last night held at the SAB Cyril


The two chenin revolutions

I’ve been writing a blog for the World of Fine website, about chenin blanc in South Africa, the Loire and California. I suddenly resolved a theory about the place of chenin in the revolution in Cape



Right now is an opportune moment to think about life – as in ‘getting a life’; being alive – like to try defining a wine that is ‘alive’?, and giving a life – read further. Getting a


Scaramanga Arrabbiata

Francisco Scaramanga was the antagonist to James Bond in the novel The Man with the Golden Gun written by Ian Fleming. The part was played in the movie by Christopher Lee who was a frequent guest at o


Nabygelegen Scaramanga 2013 – 31.08.14

We had a bottle of Nabygelegen Scaramanga 2013 this week. Scaramanga is such a super word to say. It sounds like a swear word, yet I think could well have been made up by Ian Fleming in the James Bond