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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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Nederburg Shrinks

Nederburg Shrinks

Neil Pendock September 17, 2016 0

Is Nederburg in trouble? The bombshell that former winemaking goldenboy Wim Truter has jumped ship for KWV is only one third of the story. Two other winemakers, one of the female persuasion who also enjoyed

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Clever branding

Clever branding

Neil Pendock September 15, 2016 0

Our weekly column in the City Press on Sunday pointed out the sillyness of calling SA Champagne-style wines, Méthode Cap Classique, as nobody knows how to accent an e these days and why use

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A gem of a guy

A gem of a guy

Neil Pendock September 15, 2016 0

Charles Back is a gem of a guy. A live wire who just keeps on sparking. The Swartland was one of his wheezes and now he’s come up with an algorithm for making sure

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Snakes alive in City Press this morning

Snakes alive in City Press this morning

Neil Pendock September 4, 2016 0

Our WellsFaber sommeliers chose a Chenin Blanc from Slanghoek last week so City Press laid out the story like a snake

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Put on your Namaqua jumper

Put on your Namaqua jumper

Neil Pendock August 31, 2016 0

While everyone knows Namaqua whites are way better than the baked, overripe fatties from the South, what about the reds? At our bimonthly WellsFaber sommelier selection (which is done blind unlike the Platter pretentious

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CWG U-Turn

CWG U-Turn

Neil Pendock August 21, 2016 0

Miles Mossop cleans up nicely as a corporate salaryman as he demonstrated opening the CWG Auction Tasting on Thursday. And he drops the softest of bombshells, too

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Breedekloof Chooses Chenin

Breedekloof Chooses Chenin

Neil Pendock August 8, 2016 0

Breedekloof is not an appellation scared to take a chance. The choice of True Italic for lunch on Friday being a case in point. For this is not your typical Italian pizzeria. So why

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Trust Sam. Drink Pinot Noir.

Trust Sam. Drink Pinot Noir.

Neil Pendock July 31, 2016 0

The local wine hack scene has been mercifully quiet of late as the Platter pretenders huddle over their naked wine labels, refusing all invitations except for freebee drop-offs, busy deciding whether a wine is

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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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