Jordan Estate, The Real McCoy Riesling 2016, a podcast from ZA Confidential…

Jordan Estate, The Real McCoy Riesling 2016 Recently I recorded a podcast for ZA Confidential with John Fraser, website owner and old wine friend, Malcolm McDonald of Clientéle, Jeff Osborne from Gumtree Auto and Chris Hart, well known economist. Jordan Estate Owners, Gary & Kathy Jordan I took the wine and chose the sublime Jordan

Nederburg does it again, back in the Top 50…

The Nederburg Manor House Nederburg has been included in the highly-anticipated top 50 list of ‘The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands’ by UK-based publication, Drinks International, for a fourth consecutive year in 2019. The Paarl winery is one of only two South African wine brands to appear on this year’s top 50 list, selected by

Sawid 2019, the Directory which puts South African Wine at your fingertips…

South African Wine Industry Directory 2019, just released South Africa’s most comprehensive wine industry guide celebrates its 21st birthday in 2019. Since its first publication by Wynboer in 1998, the South African Wine Industry Directory (Sawid) has become the go-to reference guide for the whole industry, providing easy and up-to-date access to everything wine related.

January 15th, 2019|Categories: Michael's Writings|Tags: , , |

Sue Torrance’s Take Root and Grow, a growing gardening guide, launched at Asara…

Sue Torrance with her Take Root and Grow Asara Wine Estate and Luxury Hotel has an excellent vegetable garden which is the hard work Sue Torrance and Asara Head Gardener, Tommy Williams and his team have put in. Providing vegetables, saladings and herbs for the hotel’s restaurants and the fabulous Sansibar Gin Bar. Sue Torrance

Online wine marketplace Port2Port rated SA’s best receives global recognition for its comprehensive wine catalogue…

Vincent Bührer & Nicolco Pudel, owners of Port2Port Port2Port.wine, an online wine marketplace based in South Africa, has been awarded the Best Overall Wine List Award in Wine Searcher’s Retailer Awards for the second consecutive year. Wine Searcher is an international database and search engine platform that compares wines and prices from merchants around the world. The

November 27th, 2018|Categories: Michael's Writings|Tags: |

15 Minutes with Darielle Robertson, Organiser of The Cape Wine Auction…

Darielle Robertson, Organiser of The Cape Wine Auction Darielle Robertson, the powerhouse behind DNA Events and Festivals - the company responsible for top class events such as the The Franschhoek Cap Classique & Champagne Festival, The Franschhoek Bastille Festival, The Swartland Revolution, The Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival, The Bubbly Festival and the Sommeliers Selection -

November 21st, 2018|Categories: Michael's Writings|Tags: , |

What’s a Big Dog? An excellent MCC by John & Karen Loubser….

Silverthorn's CWG Auction MCC, The Big Dog Missing out on today’s Cape Winemaker’s Guild Annual auction of their fabulous wines and following the Twitter feed of my friends who are there, has been an interesting exercise. There are people who are prepared to pay for good wine, and good wine is what you get at

Flames at The Four Seasons Hotel in Westcliff, great view, sublime food & lovely staff…

The Four Seasons Hotel in Westcliff Johannesburg I have a memory of The Four Seasons Hotel in Westcliff Johannesburg which will stay with me forever. I was staying there on Sunday night, about 10 years ago with a business partner and we were dining - alone – on the patio of the restaurant overlooking the