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

December 2014

Posted on 22 December 2014

Robertson Winery Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc is a merry little wine to help you celebrate the festive season Continue Reading

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The View From My Rock

A Singer with no Gimmicks

Posted on 09 September 2014

Half a century later, Elvis is still king. He produced songs that last and last. 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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Wine & Exotic Salt

Posted on 09 December 2014

Enjoy a private wine pairing with a difference with the Fleur du Cap Wine & Exotic Salt experience at Die Bergkelder Continue Reading

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New Year’s Parties and Pleasure

Posted on 05 December 2014

End your year in good company, when Stellenbosch pulls out all the stops with a host of New Year’s parties ranging from the more intimate and themed to the lavish and extravagant to toast to 2014 and ring in 2015 in high spirits. Continue Reading

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Freshlyground Play in the New Year at Nederburg

Posted on 03 December 2014

See in the New Year in style - listening to Freshlyground play along with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at Nederburg wine farm in Paarl. Continue Reading

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Christmas Celebrations in Stellenbosch

Posted on 02 December 2014

Celebrate Christmas with Stellenbosch when the oak-line town pulls out all the stops with bespoke Christmas celebrations and memorable meals Continue Reading

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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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Sip and Sample at the Vineyard Hotel

Posted on 30 November 2014

The Vineyard Hotel continues its series of complimentary Monday wine tastings in December. The last one this month will focus on Spice Route wines on December 29. Continue Reading

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Summer = Picnics

Posted on 26 November 2014

Enjoy a blissful summer amid the rolling hills and adjoining vineyards at Durbanville Hills Wines from now until April 2015 Continue Reading

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Muratie Harvest Festival in 2015

Posted on 14 November 2014

Ever wanted to stomp grapes? It's just one of the fun events taking place at the annual Muratie harvest festival on February 28 next year, so diarise now! 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.

  • Check out the neighbours before you buy!

    November 30, 2014 at 10:20 am by David Biggs

    (Published: 28th November 2014)

    I don’t know what the property market is doing right now. I think it depends on whether you’re buying or selling your house. It seems to me it’s always a bad time for property sales.

    Go to an estate agent and if you’re wanting to sell your house you’re told: “The market’s very flat right now. Prices are rock bottom because of the political situation.” On the other hand, if you want to buy a house you’re told: “There’s a huge demand for houses in your price range. They’re snapped up whenever they come on the market.”

    Friends of mine solved the problem quite easily. They went to each of their neighbours and told them: “We’re planning to move away and we’ll be putting our house on the market. If you want good neighbours it’s up to you to find people you’d like to have next door.” Pretty soon there were knockings on their door and the house was sold with very little fuss.

    Strangely, that’s one aspect of house selling — or letting — that’s seldom discussed; the neighbours. I know someone who was looking for a temporary home for a few months while her own house was being built. She was shocked and horrified by almost all the places she was shown – not by the actual properties, but by the slovenly folk who inhabited them.

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  • Robot sheepdogs? You’ve got to be kidding!

    November 29, 2014 at 10:16 am by David Biggs

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  • Pooped-out waterways

    November 28, 2014 at 10:13 am by David Biggs

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  • The thing about democracy…

    November 27, 2014 at 10:10 am by David Biggs

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