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Thoughts on Savignon Blanc

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We dined last week at one of my current favourite restaurants, De Brasserie on Beach Road, Strand. The evening commenced on the terrace, in the cooling evening air, overlooking False Bay and the setting sun. No such experience would be complete without a glass of wine from which to sip, so after perusing the wine list, I settled on a bottle of Almenkerk 2013 Lace Sauvignon Blanc, suitably chilled. I’d have been more inclined to go for a Chenin Blanc, but I deferred to the company: dear wife Eppie, Bolander editor and friend Carolyn, and a fellow journo and friend, all have a preference for Sauvignon Blanc.

By Orielle Berry 29 October 2014 Read Article


Out and about on the wine trail

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  saronsberg-t Over the Christmas holidays (which now seem but a distant memory), I had the opportunity to try out many wines offered as sample drops over the last few months – and with time on my hands to cook and laze in the sun, they went down a treat with the creations that were the fruits of a little extra effort in the kitchen.

By Orielle Berry 28 May 2014 Read Article

Celebrating a true wine legend

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  graca_2-t The friendinos gathered around the tables, feet in the sand and drank from their rough tumblers of white wine. There was much talking, eating, drinking, laughing and singing as plate after plate of fish straight from the sea to the coals found their way to the rustic tables. There was much Graçafication as the afternoon wore on and the wine flowed...

By Orielle Berry 29 November 2013 Read Article

Old and new at pioneering estate

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  overgaauwdavid-t One of the first wines that first made any sense to me as a relatively novice wine lover was Overgaauw's Sylvaner. It was way back in the early nineties and my late mom and I were visiting close family friends in Hout Bay. Elena D'Aragona Thomas, who hailed from Italy, taught at the same school as my mother had, and with her...

By Orielle Berry 18 October 2013 Read Article

Best of the best

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  fnbtop10-t Sauvignon Blanc has become a wine with such diverse styles that at this year's FNB Top 10 competition there were five categories according to which the winners were listed. The awards event was a delightful occasion held at Blaauwklippen estate in Stellenbosch last Friday, September 27, where, demonstrating its versatility with food, four flights of wine were sampled, each with a wonderfully adaptive matching dish.

By Orielle Berry 04 October 2013 Read Article

Seeking perfection in wine

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  johansoils_1-t A gnarled old chenin blanc bush vine lies in the corner of the tasting room at Kleine Zalze. Cellar master Johan Joubert tells the story of these precious "wingerd stokkies" – which date back to 1982. To his amazement and horror, they were in the process of being pulled out a few years ago, and somehow he managed to halt the action, saving one third of the small vineyard.

By Orielle Berry 30 August 2013 Read Article

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