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Secret weapon of Portuguese wine revealed

Secret weapon of Portuguese wine revealed

Neil Pendock November 19, 2016 0

The summer palace of the Marquis of Pombal at the foot of the Montejunto Mountain may be a bit run down, with weeds growing in the bedrooms of the palacio in which he used

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Vinpro melts down

Vinpro melts down

Neil Pendock October 25, 2016 1

Roy Cokayne, a writer on Business Times, is well named. His frontpage scoop today headlined “PPC shares spike as Nelson gets appointed” is a cockeyed doozy. “PPC shares advanced as much as 0.17%… before

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Overlooked by the Gangsta Bankstas

Overlooked by the Gangsta Bankstas

Neil Pendock October 19, 2016 0

First National Blanc should think again about their Sauvignon Bank Competition when the best finalist in their Top Twenty was conspicuous by its absence from the Top Ten. I’m refering of course to the Diemersdal

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Stellenbosch sweeps the First National Blanc Sauvignon Bank awards

Stellenbosch sweeps the First National Blanc Sauvignon Bank awards

Neil Pendock October 5, 2016 0

Eyebrows flew off the Richter scale at the list of 20 finalists for the Sauvignon Bank awards sponsored by First National Blanc

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A skelm for Mrs. Smith

A skelm for Mrs. Smith

Neil Pendock September 28, 2016 0

My tiny organ choses cider today as sometimes there are better bets that wine

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Why is sommeliering a total sausage fest?

Why is sommeliering a total sausage fest?

Neil Pendock September 26, 2016 0

You have to agree with sommelier Kathryn Rae who notes that last week’s WOSA International Sommelier Cup was “a total sausage fest. The lack of female numbers perturbed me a lot!” Not only were all

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Pull the other one, Fongyee

Pull the other one, Fongyee

Neil Pendock September 22, 2016 4

A totally ridiculous story in the Guardian this morning. “The red planet: China sends vines into space in quest for perfect wine.&#

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WellsFaber does Durbanville

WellsFaber does Durbanville

Neil Pendock September 21, 2016 0

A first class selection of wines from Durbanville being opened by sommeliers Jai and Sessowa at the Cape Town Club this morning. Our WellsFaber black magic sommeliers are on their way to blind taste

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SA 3rd in Cabernet rankings

SA 3rd in Cabernet rankings

Neil Pendock September 19, 2016 0

A thoughtful story in the Independent names 3 SA cabernets in a Top 15. Some way behind Australia with 5 and Chile with 4, but well ahead of France with 1. Interestingly, all the

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VBS Mutual to sponsor sommeliers?

VBS Mutual to sponsor sommeliers?

Neil Pendock September 16, 2016 0

The reptilian University of Wine may have failed to gain traction after the collapse of the Quoin Rock sale and UCT Business School (with that marvelously appropriate abreviation BS) may be the laughing stock of the

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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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Aperitif for the Advocate

Aperitif for the Advocate

Neil Pendock September 14, 2016 0

Elizma Visser from Olifantsberg in the Breedekloof did more to advance the cause of Chenin than a thousand Chenin Blanc Association luvvie lunches at Delaire Graff with hot and cold imported UK bloggers. By presenting

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