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A Portuguese Eben Sadie

A Portuguese Eben Sadie

Neil Pendock November 18, 2016 0

Leiria is the Riebeek-Kasteel of Portuguese wine. Home to Vidigal Wines – like Boekenhoutskloof without the cliched chairs or Reg Lascaris pimping self-help books from his car boot at the Diners Club Winemaker of the

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Are Old Vines a Scam?

Are Old Vines a Scam?

Neil Pendock October 26, 2016 0

As owner of some of the oldest Bukettraube vines in the universe, I have a pony in this race and skin aplenty in this game. But I can’t help but think that old vines

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Deaf tastings

Deaf tastings

Neil Pendock October 10, 2016 0

The Platter wine label guide is busy gearing up for its annual launch at the nervous Nellie. The event is appropriately scheduled for Haloween as there is no shortage of witches among the astronomers dishing

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Is it all over for Platter?

Is it all over for Platter?

Neil Pendock September 22, 2016 0

There must be much weeping, wailing and gnashing of gnashers in the Platter Tower of TasteTM this morning. For in hiring The Burglar’s wine editor as a visualizer for the guide, have they grasped an asp

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Black Magic Sommeliers Love Glass Memoires

Black Magic Sommeliers Love Glass Memoires

Neil Pendock July 10, 2016 0

Our bi-monthly Wellsfaber black magic sommelier selection applies some of the most relevant palates to the rating of wines. Tasted blind naturally, as this is no Diners Club Platter label judging competition. While comparisons

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Jan Hendrik, a ster of a sjef

Jan Hendrik, a ster of a sjef

Neil Pendock March 31, 2016 0

Hanging out with my homeboy Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen at the glittering Private Hotel School in Vlottenburg yesterday, I experienced a curious case of déjà vu. Which makes sense as Jan Hendrik owns

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Donald to join the Swartland Independent?

Donald to join the Swartland Independent?

Neil Pendock March 13, 2016 0

Has Barack Obama seen through Trump wine? As he asked a Democratic fundraiser yesterday “has anybody bought that wine? I want to know what that wine tastes like. I mean, come on. You know

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Has Zuma stuffed up Pinotage?

Has Zuma stuffed up Pinotage?

Neil Pendock December 16, 2015 1

Is Pinotage the latest casualty of President Zuma’s botched replacement of the SA minister of finance last week? The Financial Times reports today that UK banking behemoth Barclays is likely to sell ABSA. “Barclays is

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Marc Moves On

Marc Moves On

Neil Pendock November 23, 2015 1

Where can one get a tarte flambee in Paarl now that Marc’s Mediterranean Cuisine & Garden has closed down? Mine host Marc Friedrich has been dishing up these Alsatian miracles for over a decade and

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Johann Fourie for CWG

Johann Fourie for CWG

Neil Pendock November 22, 2015 2

It has a nice little ring to it “Johann Fourie for CWG” and it rhymes, too. For how much longer can the Cape Winemakers’ Guild ignore Johann and fellow Diners Club Winemaker of the

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A Chardonnay Masterclass from Matthew

A Chardonnay Masterclass from Matthew

Neil Pendock November 18, 2015 3

Matthew van Heerden is the young gun of the Helderberg and he doesn’t fire blanks. Matt made a name for himself at Uva Mira which is Latin for top grape (surely top gun, ed?). Making

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Diners Drops the Ball

Diners Drops the Ball

Neil Pendock November 18, 2015 0

The Platter wine label guide was launched last month at an old age home in Gardens but Caroline’s Fine Wine emails this morning “we have specifically delayed sending out our Platter’s 2016 South African

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