Every week @realtimewine publishes their top 10 trending wines for the week. I read last week’s list and responded, a little cheekily, with this tweet. Real Time Wine challenged me to put together a better list. I agreed. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel to be honest. Since I have entered the wine [...]
Here’s a wine column in two parts. First a response to nagging complaint against people like myself, that we should be quiet about the huge amounts of people drinking truly atrocious wines, because, you know, so what. To balance it out, I will suggest some great bargain wines to drink as well.
If you haven’t noticed, it’s full-blown awards season in the wine industry. You can shake the proverbial stick and more than likely poke a winning winemaker’s eye out.
The 2013 Platter guide has been released and the five star wines have been revealed. Are the five star wines that good? Is the Platter guide the vinous present to buy this Christmas? Harry Haddon finds out.
The time is almost upon us. This weekend Riebeek Kasteel will be bathed in fine wine. It’s the third edition of the Swartland Revolution. The wine festival put on by Swartland producers which has seen a massive sucess over the last two years.
I have made jokes about Spier in the past. It’s not hard. They have cheetahs and more tourists than you can shake a stick at. The jokes have never been that fair. So I thought I should visit again, to recalibrate my idea of Spier.
I have mentioned in one or more of these columns that I am not exactly a fan of wine competitions. In this column I report back on the challenges I faced when helping judge in a recent local competition.
Every now and then I get sent some wine. I never tire of this. Even if the wine is insipid, badly labeled, and I have to get my panga out of storage to hack through the multi-layered coating of bubble wrap I am happy. I love free shit. I don’t care that I will probably chuck it away soon after opening; it’s the pure and simple joy of opening something that you know you didn’t pay for but is yours. This feeling lasts but a fleeting moment, but oh, it is sweet.
Is South African Chenin any good? According to two international writers it is, and it isn’t. Frustratingly for local producers, mixed messages are being sent out. Locally we have been all “Yeah SA Chenin is the dog’s bollocks!” and then given a full-on smack-down by international writers: “Steady on there Saffas, your wines are definitely [...]
2oceansvibe’s bi-weekly sports columnist, Sean Wilson, is today staring the recovery process from the hangover that the Springboks’ performance gave him this weekend. The Boks delivered what was a decidedly lackluster performance against Argentina in Mendoza on Saturday, that’s for sure.
I have done two of these posts in the past and I thought I would do another. I made this decision for two reasons. The first is because they are simply fun to write, and secondly because I enjoy poking fun at the hoighty-toighty world of wine, where food and wine pairings are touted as [...]
2oceansvibe’s bi-weekly sports columnist, Sean Wilson, has been crunching the numbers. The bonus point numbers to be exact, and whether they serve any relevance.
2oceansvibe’s bi-weekly sports columnist, Sean Wilson, has this week found himself wondering what kind of a team player KP really is, and if “textgate” was just a convenient way for the England and Wales Cricket Board to end their relationship with him.
It’s a big, rich wine and it’s a bargain. I prefer the latter to the former, but it’s such a deal I thought it worth writing about. Everybody loves a good bargain. That’s the appeal of flea-markets and second-hand shops. I recently found awesome steam-punk styled salt ‘n pepper grinders for R100. The joy of [...]
Malta. Middle of the Mediterranean Sea. Occupied for hundreds of years by marauding Ottoman Turks, Crusaders, the British – you name it. Some country you know has probably made an attempt at conquering the cluster of three islands – Malta, Gozo and Comino. Malta is not a destination that you think of when contemplating a [...]
Two wines delivered to me recently seem to show the two sides of South African wine at the moment sits. At least on the supermarket shelf side of things. The one showed progression, innovation (sort of), deliciousness and consideration; the other was a lesson in the typical, the normal and the unsurprising.
2oceansvibe’s bi-weekly sports columnist, Sean Wilson, considers the odds of whether or not the Proteas will be able to end another jinx that has been plaguing the team in recent times: whether we can win the second test of a series.
It seems we are on to a good thing with these little wine trip columns. So here is another one. It’s in a similar area to the last one, but just a touch further down the road. This week I’ll be giving you a guide to the Hemel en Aarde Valley.
Michael O’Leary of Ryanair – the world’s most profitable airline – says that Ryanair does three things well, no more, no less: “We arrive and leave on time, we give good fares [read: competitive], we do not lose your bags”. It’s a winning formula!
2oceansvibe’s bi-weekly sports columnist, Sean Wilson, mulls over the important aspects of this weekend’s upcoming Super 15 semi-final between the Stormers and the Sharks.
2oceansvibe’s bi-weekly sports columnist, Sean Wilson, considers the records Hashim Amla and the Proteas may have been able to achieve had they been playing a “timeless” test match. Haroon Lorgat, the recently deposed ICC CEO, suggested that the future World Test Championship may be decided by means of a “timeless” test (i.e. the contest will last [...]
It is patently obvious that the brand of rugby that the Bulls play is not the way forward for the Springboks. It is vital that Heyneke Meyer ensures that the personnel he selects for the Rugby Championship can play a game that includes intelligence and momentum created from flair and creativity.
Everything must go digital. That’s what it feels like anyway. I reckon if the Luddites were around today they’d probably have blogs. I have had two digital vinous experiences over the last week or so that I thought were pretty interesting. The ubiquitous “digital”. You want to go on a trip? Blog about it. Hey [...]
“When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.” In this day and age of every airline in the world looking for ‘added value’, this quote could not be truer.
2oceansvibe’s bi-weekly sports columnist, Sean Wilson, considers what we have been able to glean from a totally new format of Super Rugby – the league phase.