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Tractor wine

Tractor wine

Neil Pendock November 20, 2016 0

Quinta do Gradil is one of the largest bulk wine producers in Portugal. To transport their various wines they use lorries, which get personalized by the drivers. Here is Marco Treka’s truck

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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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Jou ma se winery

Jou ma se winery

Neil Pendock November 16, 2016 1

We were following in the footsteps of Tienie Louw from Diemersdal this evening at a tasting with Diogo Lopes at Adega Mae winery in Torres Vedras. Tienie was quite taken with the single varietal

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An icon is born

An icon is born

Neil Pendock November 13, 2016 0

Firday’s Celebration of Chardonnay at De Wetshof saw a new icon hoisted into the pantheon of SA wine fame by unanimous acclaim. It’s a 1993 vintage, aptly named finesse, made in the year Danie

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Only two more sleeps to C-Day

Only two more sleeps to C-Day

Neil Pendock November 9, 2016 0

Friday is C-Day in Robertson, so I directed my tiny organ to welcome US novelist Jay McInerney, guest speaker at Danie de Wet’s Celebration of Chardonnay with a Chardonnay made my someone even more

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What an affair

What an affair

Neil Pendock November 2, 2016 0

Last month’s #feesmustfall riots outside parliament scared off many guests at our bimonthly WellsFaber Sommelier Selection tasting at the Cape Town Club. Which was a pity, as La Vierge winemaker Gerhard Smith drove in

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SA brandy gets wheels

SA brandy gets wheels

Neil Pendock October 26, 2016 0

The SA Brandy Foundation pushed the trolley out yesterday at Luke Dale-Robert’s Test Kitchen in Woodstock at a blow-out lunch. While Michelin *** addresses boast chariots de frommage, you may hear Tenashe Nyamudoka ring

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Swartland – a WellsFaber Sommelier Selection

Swartland – a WellsFaber Sommelier Selection

Neil Pendock October 17, 2016 0

What a thrill to buy a copy of City Press in Upington yesterday and see a young and beautiful sommelier Heather Nyoni from Dear Me recommend a Swartland white

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The 70% solution

The 70% solution

Neil Pendock October 1, 2016 0

In addition to having numerate brands (282, 2, 3, 5), Elgin Ridge and Constantia Glen have something else in common: they both export 70% of their production, primarily to Europe. The reason for colonial

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The Rompel Report

The Rompel Report

Neil Pendock September 28, 2016 1

Beautiful South Tyrol The North American Wine Spectator magazine recently featured some South Tyrolean wines and farms and ranked them highly. Reason enough to pay them a visit since I was venturing to Europe

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Groot Geluk @ Groote Zalze

Groot Geluk @ Groote Zalze

Neil Pendock September 24, 2016 0

Kleine Zalze owner Kobus Basson may be forgiven for looking a touch jet-lagged at lunch yesterday as he’d just flown in from London. Flying the national bankrupt airline which serves pay-to-play wines, he endured the

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Alternative Wine Writing

Alternative Wine Writing

Neil Pendock September 22, 2016 0

Etienne Le Roux from Bloemendal called me an alternative winewriter last night at the WellsFaber public tasting of Durbanville wines. So not punting my pay-to-play wine courses or selling Riedel glasses, imported or SA

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