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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

April 2015

Posted on 07 April 2015

The Glenelly Grand Vin 2009 is a typical example of the craftsmanship that goes into a fine wine. It’s a four-way blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and just a touch (4%) of Petit Verdot. A great deal of thought has obviously gone into the creation of this blend. Each component serves an important role and the result is a deeply complex symphony of flavours that surprises with every sip. 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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Books

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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Events

The Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

Posted on 17 April 2015

Olives, oils, produce, trees .... everying olive is an integral part of the Swartland towns of Riebeek Kasteel and Riebeek West, so have fun at the Riebeek Valley Olive Festival on May 2 and 5 Continue Reading

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Events

Seductive Wine & Malt Whisky Affair

Posted on 16 April 2015

The place to be on May 8 is African Pride Hotel 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town for the annual spectacular Wade Bales Wine & Malt Whisky Affair. It's a seductive affair ... perfect for those who don't see why they need to choose between good wine and whisky! Continue Reading

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Events

Chill out at cool Elgin festival

Posted on 14 April 2015

May 2 and 3 marks the Elgin Cool Wine & Country Festival , when Winters Drift and 17 other Elgin wineries will be offering a weekend filled with fine wines, good food and plenty of entertainment for the whole family. Continue Reading

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Events

Winter in Calitzdorp

Posted on 15 March 2015

The annual Calitzdorp Port & Wine Festival is being rejuvenated this year with a unique full month “Winter in Calitzdorp” experience from June 13 to July 19 instead of just a festival weekend. Continue Reading

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Events

Let’s Go Mushroom Hunting!

Posted on 16 February 2015

There are only 40 spots open each day for the legendary wild mushroom hunts at Delheim Wine Estate on May 30 & 31 and July 3 & 4 – so book yours ASAP. Continue Reading

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Wise up to Super Salts

Posted on 02 February 2015

Enjoy the Fleur du Cap wine and salt tasting experience at Die Bergkelder in Stellenbosch and take home a booklet with recipes pairing these elegant wines to some of the world’s finest artisanal salts. Continue Reading

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Events

New Food & Wine Pairing

Posted on 01 December 2014

Head out to the tasting room at Durbanville Hills Wines to find the perfect dishes to serve with the new Rhinofields Reserve wines Continue Reading

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Something For The Youngsters

Posted on 03 July 2014

How about a Kids Choc and Grapetiser pairing to entertain the children while you're wine tasting at Lanzerac? 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.

  • There are so many challenges out there, each one waiting for a dream

    April 17, 2015 at 6:57 am by David Biggs

    (Published: 15th April 2015)
    We should dream more.
    Having a dream is like having a road map. We don’t have to follow it exactly, but it does give us a destination and alternate routes to get there.
    Martin Luther King had a dream; Kermit the Frog had a dream. Whether you dream of changing the world or changing your front garden, nothing will happen without that dream.
    I was touched by a recent story of a teenage musician, Refentse Morake, who was busking on a street corner in his home town of Vereeniging, when he was spotted by an elderly lady who took his photograph and posted it on Facebook. To everyone’s surprise the post attracted 30 000 hits. Refentse apparent has a charming smile and big deep voice that melts hearts wherever he sings.
    Offers have come pouring in, including an invitation to appear at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn, where he met one of his musical heroes, Karen Zoid, who asked him to share the stage with her.
    Refentse could take a byway on his dream road map at this stage and head into the world of music.
    Instead he’s sticking to his original route plan and heading for North West University next year to enroll for a law degree.
    I don’t see why he shouldn’t do well at both careers. Music can accompany almost any profession. My own GP is an excellent doctor, but is just as enthusiastic a guitarist in a rock band.
    When you take time out to dream remember to dream positively. Instead of mindlessly destroying symbols of our past (which doesn’t change the past at all) let’s rather dream of ways to make the future better for all of us.
    Maybe if we dream big enough dreams somebody will erect statues to us in the future.
    Shouldn’t we be dreaming up new way of providing cheap and comfortable houses for the homeless, or simple ways of generating electricity, or economical ways of getting hungry people to produce their own food.
    There are so many challenges out there, each one waiting for a dream.
    Let’s dream together.

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  • There’s more to that job interview than you think …

    April 16, 2015 at 6:31 am by David Biggs

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  • No horsing around with the post in the good old days!

    April 15, 2015 at 6:00 am by David Biggs

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  • Can compassion and care be handed over to machines?

    April 14, 2015 at 6:33 am by David Biggs

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