Andy Murray to boost Scotch sales

Yesterday's triumph of Andy Murray at Wimbledon has got to be good news for Scotch sales. So my timing of a profile on SACS old boy James Espey in the Financial Mail last week, was exquisitely timed.


Stuttgart Surprises

Is there a SA winery owner who rakes up more frequent flyer miles than Paul Cluver? Next week, Pimpernel Paul is off to the Intervitis Interfructa conference of the OIV in Stuttgart. The topic of his


Sipping on the Groot Gariep

The Country Cellars Orange River Winemaker of the Year Competition is the richest prize in SA wine. An annual tourney that pits the wines of the region’s five cellars with such evocative names as Gr


Heita Soweto!

When Livhuwani Mmamburu met big Schalk Burger at the Standard Bank Soweto Wine Festival last night, big Schalk (these days he leaves the rugby world cup playing in France to son "little" Schalk) asked


Pendock at the Soweto Wine Festival

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Soweto Wine Festival roundup

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Absa Top Ten Pinotage Competition: first day of judging

The first of three days of judging the Absa Top Ten Pinotage competition started this morning at the Devon Valley Hotel outside Stellenbosch. On the menu are 148 wines: 1 from the difficult 2002 vinta


Absa Top Ten Pinotage Competition: second day of judging

Another day, another seventy eight pinotages, this time mostly from the 2006 vintage which looks like it will be a much better year than 2005.  Tuesday’s tasting turned up 17 wines for tomorrow’s


Absa Top Ten Pinotage Competition: final day of judging

It’s all over, bar the data processing. Forty one wines made it through to the final round: 4 from 2003, 6 from 2004, 12 from 2005 and 19 from 2006. The absence of any 2007 wines will surely raise a


If heaven exists…

Rumour has it, if heaven exists, it looks like rural Tuscany. I’m in Italy this week, checking out celestial credentials. Tastings are organized at Tignanello on Tuesday, Casanova di Neri on Wednesd