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Cape Point Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2013

Recently I reconnected with one of my long-lost primary school besties, and it wasn’t via Facebook. I bumped into her mother (who hadn’t changed much in over a quarter of a century) at the Noordho


Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This year I’ve decided to put my internationally recognised Level 4 Diploma from the UK’s Wine & Spirit Trust to good use. Among other things, I’m tasting for the annual Platter’s South Af


Muratie Ben Prins Cape Vintage 2009

It’s tricky to match wine with soup for a number of reasons, the main one being that they’re both liquids. Unlike food that needs to be cut up and chewed, soup doesn’t need any lubrication, whil


Joostenberg Family Blend Red 2012

“The necessary ingredients of civilisation are wine and olive oil,” observed one of those clever ancient Romans. Certainly it takes finely honed skills to create both final products from the base


Constantia Glen Five 2009

“You can’t beat the system,” Peter Finlayson told me weeks before being named Wine Legend of the Year at last year’s South African Wine Index (SAWi) awards, where Bouchard Finlayson was also j


Sijnn White 2012

Picture the Breede River Valley. I bet you’re thinking of Robertson, home to racehorses, red cannas, real-value wines, and the popular kykNET Wacky Wine Weekend, which attracted 16,701 visitors earl


De Toren Book 17 2012

Hopefully dads all around the country are enjoying their Father’s Day gifts, some perhaps even enjoying a glass or three of Groote Post’s The Old Man’s Red 2013 (R67 a bottle). Apparently only a


Delheim Spatzendreck 2013

This month it’s five years since I lost my dad to cancer, and I miss him every day. Will my instinctive urge to call him for advice ever go away? Born in Berlin in 1934, Gunther Simon left Germany w


Jefferson’s Cape Grape

On 3 June 1807, United States president Thomas Jefferson wrote a letter to Albert Gallatin, his secretary of the treasury, in which he classed “Cape” wines among the world’s most expensive, alo

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