Forget history lessons, interesting facts, supermarket choices, hints of vanilla, toasted oak or residual sugar;. Let’s be honest, for most people the only reason they want to learn anything about wine – past the operation of a corkscrew – is so they don’t look like a tit.
Last week I told you a bit about Champagne’s history, and left you at around the 16th/17th century. I was going to try and take you all the way up to the present in this column. I then realised that this would not be possible in 100 words. So I shelved the pot-holed history of [...]
I love bubbly. I can drink it first thing in the morning, just before I sleep, and at every intervening moment. Its racy freshness and cleansing bubbles inspire celebration, comfort the sad and refresh the weary. I have another name for Champagne: joie de vivre.
At dinner the other night I was paging through a rather limpid looking wine list. Safe wines, boring wines; not one of which inspired in me even a trace of “Wahoo!” I saw one from a producer I have enjoyed before – a Shiraz that I thought may offer something of interest. Boy, was I wrong. It was as interesting as watching paint dry on a black and white television, showing curling. The reason for it’s complete drabness was that it had fallen into the trap that many South African reds are succumbing to. The wine maker was forcing the wine to strongly exhibit flavours and aromas of coffee and chocolate.
One of the things that makes wine stand out in the world of beverages is its ability to age and develop. It is a miraculous thing, tasting something older than you are (frustratingly, this gets more difficulty and expensive as you shuffle along the mortal coil). To taste a living thing formed by the elements [...]
In last week’s column I asked what kind of wine content you would like to see me write about. The comment that popped up more than most was about supermarkets, that is, how to deal with a wall of wines, all staring at you from the shelf. Which to buy? How do I know I won’t end up with battery acid? Oh god, the decisions. Too. Many. Wines. Fuck it, I’ll just get that coffee-flavoured Pinotage. Well, you are not alone.
We are working on a new series, which is dedicated to finding the ultimate short-cuts around the streets of Cape Town. We will also be doing one for Johannesburg. But, for now, we want to gather the best ones in Cape town. So if YOU know of a secret short-cut on the roads of Cape [...]
Introducing the first of Harry Reginald Haddon’s weekly columns, discussing wine, and the life that flows from it. Enjoy – it is the sort of read that ages well. – As this is the first wine column I am writing here, I thought I would ask the question: why wine? Why dedicate these 600 or [...]
If you’ve ever made your way to Mzoli’s in Gug’s, or even just to the Mzoli’s Butchery to pick up your whopping large lamb chops, you’ll be aware that this has the potential to be one hell of a vibe. Instead of washing down a tasting with a boring biscuit, we’ll probably be snacking on a piece of wors.
As with any glamourous event, The Vibe party has a prize for the best dressed couple – The Boschendal Best Dressed Award. Our judge was none other than La Muse from SA’s #1 street fashion blog, PopYaCollar.co.za and she was looking for a couple that best understood the theme and vibe. BEST DRESSED COUPLE AWARD The competition was [...]
Due to popular demand (and a lot of arm twisting) we have managed to secure 200 extra tickets for THE VIBE party 2011 at The Grand Cafe & Beach. CLICK HERE TO BUY YOURS NOW! CLICK HERE TO BUY YOURS NOW! They’re only R200 which, for what you’re getting is NOTHING!!! Latest news in is [...]
Well if you don’t drown in a bath of bubbly this weekend then you are clearly doing something wrong! Seriously, you won’t believe what I just received in my inbox. Enjoy this – In celebration of The Vibe party this weekend, Boschendal are offering all 2oceansvibe readers a very rude discount on our favourtie bubbly, [...]
So Heritage Auctions sold a 1997 edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone for $29, 875. A book that you can remember the release of just sold at a rare books auction. You’re Old now. If you can’t remember 1997, please crawl back into the womb.
I’m not sure how readily the service is available, but La Muse and I took (stole) one of the picnic baskets from The Roundhouse to the beach this weekend. We indulged in the likes of their homemade truffle cream cheese, spread on ciabatta, with shaven ham and oysters on the side. Naturally there was a [...]
Great news from 2oceansvibe’s preferred bubbly, Boschendal – it looks like we’re being treated to the immediate release of the 2007 Grande Cuvée Brut. With the 2006 singled our as the only 4½ star MCC (Méthode Cap Classique) amongst the top performing wines of 2010 rated by Wineland Magazine’s Watterwyn panel of experts. So I’d say [...]
It’s that time of year again kids – that’s right, the WHO has released their saucy ‘Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2011′ – which means we get to find out if SA’s still a rock-out party country, or if we’ve gotten all lame and started taking our liver problems seriously.
While our Facebook photos from the event can give you an idea of the awesomeness of the vibe that day, it can never do it justice. That is why I invented the ‘moving picture’ and, subsequently, this video. Jump in and re-live that day with us. Feel the vibe throughout your body, not just through [...]
Imagine that? Well it’s a very real thing, my friends. Goldfish are performing a DANGEROUSLY intimate gig on the roof of the Cape Royale hotel tomorrow (Friday) from 15h30 and all the 2oceansvibe brands are taking care of drinks. That’s right – we’re talking Jack Daniel’s, Corona, Jack Black, BOS iced tea, Boschendal bubby, De [...]
Applying for jobs sucks. It’s awkward and painful and time-consuming. But some people know how to do it right – how to avoid getting caught in the rat-trap of sweaty-palmed interviews and communicate a certain level of coolness at the same time. Presented below is one such person’s job application. Please – read it, and learn to be a better person.
There are some shopping malls in Cape Town that are not very much fun to visit. Retail and culinary quarters, on the other hand, are packed full of celebrities, and the Cape Quarter is one of them. But they’re not content with providing you with eye candy, they want to give you free Boschendal bubbly, too. Click through for details.
Some weeks ago, Finnish divers discovered several crates of two-centuries-old champagne and beer from a sunken ship in the Baltic Sea for nearly two centuries. They then drank some of it because, hey, why not. And, because sharing is nice, Finnish authorities sponsored a public opening and tasting of the champagne last Friday.
Be sure to get the new GQ Magazine for December, which features 2oceansvibe’s favourite choice of bubbly, Boschendal. They say Boschendal is made for people “with a sparkling wit and sunny disposition, but are serious about quality.” Umm, yes – that’s pretty much how we roll, here at 2oceansvibe! Click to see the feature – [...]
Researchers at NEC System Technologies have designed robots with the ability to identify dozens of different wines, cheeses and appetizers, because that’s something we need robots for. Except they think people taste like bacon.
My God, when we announced the Boschendal Cooling Towers competition, we didn’t expect anything this world class to appear! We asked you, the 2oceansvibe readers to send your best footage of the Athlone Cooling Towers (or, rather, the “Ladies of Athlone” – a title which I have NEVER heard before) going down last Sunday. Obviously [...]
We’re pretty blown away by the response to the “Seth Song” we’ve been playing fairly regularly, over at 2oceansvibe Radio. It’s not only a damn funny tune, but I tell you what – it’s got the heads bopping too! Apparently The Assembly lost their minds to it last Saturday! The guys behind the tune are [...]
So after an evening of sushi, springbok bruschetta, Belinni coctails, bubbly, and of course, Butlers Pizza (*COUGH* 2oceansvibe Radio launch COUGH*), there’s only one thing you eat for breakfast. And it’s not a bottle of Boschendal!
All protocol was relaxed as we granted one photographer and virtual-tour expert (Panascape) unprecedented access to my suite at the Cape Royale hotel. As it is my primary residence, you can imagine what intimate never-seen-before details were caught on camera. The virtual tour itself let’s you cruise around the Cape Royale hotel (spinning 360 degrees [...]
2oceansvibe partner brands are constantly winning worldwide recognition, and, whilst the brands themselves are very excited when these awards are given, I can’t say I am surprised. I mean, that is after all why they’re a part of vibe, right? We only deal with winners around these parts! This time it’s a gold medal for [...]
Wine fans throughout the country are urged to pick up the latest copy of Wine Magazine and to cast their eyes over to the back page of this, the April issue. That is where you will find us, in all our glory, raising a toast to you. You should find the interview suitably amusing. * [...]
If only she was just “The Peroni Girl,” then it would be less confusing. Unfortunately Landi Swanepoel is also “The Guess Girl,” so please pay attention if you don’t want to get left behind. This week brings us the first 2oceansvibe Weather Girls Show of 2010, and boy do we have a cracker for you! [...]