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

January 2015

Posted on 05 January 2015

Klaasenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 is absolutely bulging with dark berry flavours – rich, ripe mulberries, black cherries and berry jam. There’s a pleasing hint of pecan nuts on the palate, too. 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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Harvest Time Cellar Tours

Posted on 30 January 2015

The ultimate mid-week treat just has to be a cellar tour and a sundown picnic at Durbanville Hills - every Wednesday evening in February and March Continue Reading

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Romance at Nederburg

Posted on 21 January 2015

Nederburg is pulling out all the stops to help you make Valentine's Day memorable, whether you opt for dinner a deux at The Red Table or prefer a picnic under the trees Continue Reading

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Relax on the River

Posted on 14 January 2015

Chill with Sedgwick’s Old Brown at the fun celebration, Up the Creek, on the Breede River from 29 January 29 to February 1 Continue Reading

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Pure Bucolic Bliss at Eikendal

Posted on 13 January 2015

Get the family together and head for Eikendal (between Stellenbosch and Somerset West) for the annual al fresco Weintaufe Harvest Celebration on Sunday, March 1. Continue Reading

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Wise Up with These Wine Tastings

Posted on 10 January 2015

... as you sip and sample wines from the historic Kelin Constantia at the Garden Lounge at the Vineyard Hotel from January 26 - 30. Continue Reading

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Enjoy Some Italian Inspiration

Posted on 09 January 2015

Grande Provence is hosting Pasta e Basta from Amsterdam for an Italian evening at The Cellar in Franschhoek on Friday, January 30 at 6:30 pm Continue Reading

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The Big Event at Groot Constantia

Posted on 06 January 2015

The Wine Harvest Commemorative Function at Groot Constantia on February 5 in Simon's restaurant promises to be an evening of glitz and glamour - book now or miss out. Continue Reading

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Barrels of Fun

Posted on 05 January 2015

Stomp, rattle and roll at the 2015 Start of Harvest Celebration at Delheim on the weekend of January 31 and February 1 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.

  • The Sad Demise of the Once Proud SA Post Office

    January 29, 2015 at 12:44 am by David Biggs

    (Published: 27th January 2015)
    I’ve noticed a huge increase in the number of courier vans trundling about our streets, no doubt delivering goods too valuable to be entrusted to the rather hap-hazard post office.
    This is a pity in a way. Our postal service was once one of the best in the world. I’ve heard old post office workers talk about the days when post trains rumbled through the night, delivering letters and parcels to destinations all the way from Cape Town to Johannesburg. The post was sorted on the train as it travelled. It was a proud boast that letters never took more than three days from Cape Town to Johburg.
    Old Cape Town people will tell of the days when there were two post deliveries every day. You could receive a letter in the morning, write a reply and have the postman take it for delivery that afternoon.
    Even in the Karoo on a fairly remote sheep farm the railway bus used to arrive twice a week – Tuesdays and Fridays – to deliver goods from Noupoort, and also the post bag with newspapers and letters. The bag was emptied, reply letters written and the whole lot went back to the post office on the return trip that afternoon.
    How things have changed! There are no postal deliveries to farms in that area any more. Farmers must rent post boxes – for which they pay – to do the job the post office once did free.
    Most overseas mail order companies will no longer post goods to South Africa, knowing how unreliable our postal service has become. They use courier companies.
    A friend told me she had wanted to send a Christmas card to somebody in America and took it to her local post office, where she was told the postage would be R27. She was fine with that, but was then told that particular post office had run out of large denomination stamps and all they had were 50cent ones.
    The post office worker then began pasting 54 stamps on the envelope, covering every square millimeter of surface and leaving just enough area for the address. There were stamps overlapping each other and some curled round to the back of the envelope.
    It was posted in November. By this week, about three months later, it had not arrived in America.
    I’ve asked wise people why the postal service is collapsing and am usually told: “Nobody sends letters any more. We all communicate by e-mail. It’s much easier.” So what are all those courier delivery vans delivering? Sausages?
    There’s been a huge increase in on-line shopping recently and the trend is likely to continue. Millions of packages need to be delivered.
    This should be seen as a huge opportunity for the post office, but they’ve left it to the independent couriers. As with so many parastatal organisations, the PO has been allowed to fall into the hands of the incompetent.
    I for one, mourn its fall.

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  • Sound reasoning or just a lot of noise?

    January 28, 2015 at 12:41 am by David Biggs

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  • The 1% Just Keep Getting Richer

    January 27, 2015 at 12:35 am by David Biggs

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  • Spare a thought for harmonica salespeople

    January 26, 2015 at 12:26 am by David Biggs

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