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South Africans Getting Giddy on the Bubbles

UK drinkers can be forgiven for not having tried much Cap Classique before.  The South African traditional method bubbles has a flagship producer in Graham Beck, with stock listing in Waitrose and Majestic Wine, amongst others, but going up against the classic Champagne or Cava, the marketing drives from Franciacorta and Crémant, and the burgeoning …

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A Quacking Way To Keep The Pests Down!

There’s been a few headlines knocking around the last couple of days about a vineyard in Stellenbosch that’s come up with a novel way of keeping the insects down in the vineyard. At the Vergenoegd winery they’ve taken to using an army of…what for it…ducks! Check out this link here to see them in action. …

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Coming Up This Week On Please Bring Me My Wine

Lots of studying again last week, but it’s slowly starting to sink in…I hope! I think when you know you’ve got an exam coming up, this quote sums it up nicely: “Today’s Christmas Eve, tomorrow’s Christmas Day, and I can’t wait for Boxing Day to be honest!” Yep, I’ll go with that right now. Anyway, …

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Eating Steak and Drinking Great Reds, Top Night Out!

Recently I was lucky enough to be asked to go to a wine dinner showcasing a couple of winemakers supplying the top on-trade wine supplier Connoisseur Estates. I was fortunate to be sat next to the founder of Connoisseur, the very funny Andrew Steel. Andrew, I said it before, and I’ll say it again, sorry …

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#NWTW Week 15: The Verdict On Chenin Blanc From SA

Well Happy Easter everyone.  Hope the long weekend’s treating you all well and you got the time to get in a bottle or two of Chenin Blanc.  I managed to get in three of the bottles either side of getting completely soaked during the first cricket match of the season.  You’ve got to love the …

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#NWTW Week 15: What’s South African Chenin Blanc Going To Taste Like?

As I’m writing the title I’m thinking it’s a bit of a stupid post really.  South Africa produces a lot of Chenin Blanc from all over the country.  Some are from premium producers, some not-so premium.  Point is the tastes, textures, and general variety of wines is probably that little bit more than me writing …

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