Let me Introduce Myself

Posted on 24 October 2013

My career so far, from sheep farm to wine writing with a few diversions along the way. Continue Reading

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Tasting Notes

MAY 2015

Posted on 09 May 2015

There’s a clean minerality backing up the delicate citrus notes in the The Waterkloof Peacock Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2014, accompanied by some fleeting suggestions of spice. As the layers of flavour unfold you find soft fruit and berries emerging all ending in a juicy, lingering finish. Continue Reading

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The View From My Rock

Is a picture really worth a thousand words

Posted on 18 February 2015

David recently held an exhibition of his whimsical paintings at the Olympia Deli in Kalk Bay... Continue Reading

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A Wry Look at The World of Wine

Posted on 15 July 2010

Want a good giggle? Enjoy reading David's take on the sometimes oh-so-pretentious world of wine. Continue Reading

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Cheese, Glühwein … And All That Jazz!

Posted on 22 May 2015

Head for historic Delheim Estate outside Stellenbosch and ward off the winter blues as you enjoy a cheese fondue while listening to sensuous jazz sounds ... and take part in the fun quiz too ... every Sunday lunch from June 28 until August 30. Continue Reading

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Time to start dreaming about Nederburg Auction

Posted on 19 May 2015

So what can buyers expect from the 2015 Nederburg Auction? The 2015 collection comprises 61 red wines, 35 white wines, 13 dessert wines, six fortified wines, nine Ports and seven MCCs ... and there are sure to be some rare gems for the cunning buyers to sniff out. Continue Reading

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Soup-er weekend ahead!

Posted on 19 May 2015

Banish the winter chills and enjoy a heart-warming a weekend treat of soup, bread and wine on June 6 and 7 at Durbanville Hills Wine. Continue Reading

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Rare wines at CWG Auction Showcases

Posted on 14 May 2015

Embark on a journey of discovery into rare, exceptionally crafted wines at the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction Showcase to be held in Cape Town on Thursday, August 13 and Johannesburg on Wednesday, August 2. Continue Reading

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Toast – and taste – the Helderberg!

Posted on 04 May 2015

The NH Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West is set to be a one-stop wine route of home-grown deliciousness, when Taste the Helderberg 2015 serves up an exclusive evening of quality wine and food unique to the area on Thursday, June 11. Continue Reading

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Whisky Galore

Posted on 01 May 2015

There is just one more upcoming Whisky Live Showroom event: so dont miss your opportunity to sample the elixer of life from June 18 to 20 in Cape Town Continue Reading

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Time for the the red, white and blue

Posted on 29 April 2015

Dust off your berets and dress up in your finest red; white and blue for this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which takes place on July 11 and 12. Continue Reading

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Pancakes and wine at Uitkyk

Posted on 21 April 2015

Book now for your winter pancake and wine pairing at Uitkyk's Manor house at 11 am or 2 pm on May 30, June 17, July 25 or August 29 Continue Reading

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Tavern of the Seas

Tavern of the Seas readers often ask for details of past issues. To make things easier (and to amuse you… or make you think) past columns will now appear here, roughly two days after they are first printed in the Cape Argus. Thanks to Independent Newspapers for allowing us to do this.

  • Every one of us has a story to tell

    May 26, 2015 at 6:38 am by David Biggs

    (Published: 22nd May 2015)
    One of the sad things I’ve noticed about modern journalism is the use of the military 24-hour clock in writing.
    I don’t know anybody who uses the 24-hour clock in normal speech. We say things like, “Come round at about six o’clock for a braai.” Nobody says: “Come for a braai at 18h00.” But that’s the way it’s often written.
    Proponents of the 24-hour clock say it’s to avoid confusion. This is complete nonsense. When somebody says: “I got home from work at 5.30,” there’s no doubt he means 5.30 in the afternoon. Very few people actually arrive home from work at 5,3am. Normal people don’t say: “I arrived home from work at 17h30.” When somebody says, “come for tea at four o,clock,” it’s highly unlikely they mean 04h00 because most honest people are still in bed at that time. Have you ever been invited to “tea at 16h00”? (well, maybe it could happen if you’re invited to tea with the admiral on board his flagship).
    I’ve always understood the purpose of writing is to convey ideas from one person to another as accurately and naturally as possibly. All too often it seems people write stuff deliberately intending to confuse others.
    In all my years as a columnist I have heard many interesting and unusual personal stories and have often urged people to write these stories down. Even if it’s not for publication it could be a great interest to children and grand-children.
    The usual response is: “Oh no, I can’t write.”
    But of course you can. Everybody can – and should – write their stories. You don’t need fancy vocabularies or complicated grammar. The best writing is that which sounds as though the writer is talking to you. It’s simple and honest. If you can say it you can write it.
    Every one of us who has grown up in this wonderfully confusing and complex country has a story to tell. We owe it to our children and grand-children to write those stories down. One of my most prized possessions is a collection of short memories written on odd scraps of paper by my late father. He described simple things, like the time to took to travel from the farm to Noupoort, 40km away, by horse and cart. It was a full day’s journey.
    Today it takes half an hour by car. Imagine the hassles the old journey would cause if somebody in your family was ill and needed to see the doctor.
    Remember, too, that there were no farm telephones in those days. In so many ways, life is better now, and we know about it because Dad took the trouble to write down his experiences.
    Maybe of we write down our modern experiences those who come after us will realize just how lucky they are.
    We hope.

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  • So who are the real bosses – machines or humans?

    May 25, 2015 at 6:35 am by David Biggs

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  • May 21, 2015 at 5:56 am by David Biggs

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  • Lack of bright sparks yet another service blow to the poor

    May 21, 2015 at 5:50 am by David Biggs

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