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Mario Sergio Alves Nuno and Bernardo

Mario Sergio Alves Nuno and Bernardo

Neil Pendock May 14, 2015 0

Mario Sergio is the Eben Sadie of Portugal. Located in the historic but terminally unfashionable Bairrada appellation – a bit like the Swartland 20 years ago – Mario Sergio is beloved of British wine

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Alvarinho in Aveiro

Alvarinho in Aveiro

Neil Pendock May 13, 2015 0

A wine tasting with a difference this lunch time. Alvarinho with a quartet of salty sea dogs on the 80 year old converted lifeboat Zas-Tras in the harbour of Aveiro. They’d gone out at

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Au.ra or rip.off?

Au.ra or rip.off?

Neil Pendock May 12, 2015 0

The offer of a 30 year old brandy called Au.ra from Van Ryn for R14,000 plus VAT may appeal to plutocrats. But for that money you can fly to Bairrada and buy a 50

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Spier scores big in Venice

Spier scores big in Venice

Neil Pendock May 8, 2015 0

Well the ambassador didn’t pitch for the opening of the SA pavilion at the Venice Biennale, blaming it on the fire in Rome airport. Of course there are trains and cars (Venice is the

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SA in Venice: an open goal missed

SA in Venice: an open goal missed

Neil Pendock May 8, 2015 0

Off to the opening of the SA pavilion at the Venice Biennale this morning. What a pity we’re not in the program – heck if Syria can get a listing, what’s wrong with us?

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