Wine of the week La Motte Chardonnay 2019

Wine of the week La Motte Chardonnay 2019

One of my favourite estates in Franschhoek is that haven of style and taste, La Motte. Here you will find an excellent restaurant with Chef Eric Bulpitt at the helm, a great art gallery featuring many Pierneef masterpieces, a beautifully tranquil setting with art...
Diners Club Winemakers of the year announced

Diners Club Winemakers of the year announced

The winners of the 2020 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year awards were announced in Franschhoek on Saturday 21st November, with Johan Malan (Simonsig Wines) and Philip Theron (Glen Carlou) claiming top honours respectively.   The Winemaker and Young...
Some of my favourite red blends

Some of my favourite red blends

There are as many ways to make a  wine blend as there are winemakers, especially when restrictions such as those in place for Bordeaux blends is removed.  The grapes used in Bordeaux blends are always combinations of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot,...
12 of my favourite Cabernet Sauvignons

12 of my favourite Cabernet Sauvignons

CABERNET IS GOOD FOR YOU!   No, really! One of the happiest days of my life was when I discovered that drinking wine is healthy. Who needs a gym? Ask the French, who live on a diet of real butter and cream, and all those marvellous cheeses, and plenty of pâté...