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

JULY 2015

Posted on 05 July 2015

The L’Avenir Single Block Chenin Blanc 2014 greets you with a clean waft of tropical fruit aromas - white peach, ripe apricots litchi and melons. All these come together as you sip the wine. It’s bold and juicy and held together by a very subtle acidity. The finish lingers on and on. 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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Franschhoek Uncorked Festival

Posted on 10 July 2015

What better way to celebrate your heritage than over a glass of newly released Franschhoek wines paired with delicious food cooked over an open flame as Franschhoek prepares to Braai4Heritage on September 26 and 27? Continue Reading

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A day of epic entertainment

Posted on 06 July 2015

And now for something completely different - Don't miss the PIWOSA ‘wine car boot' fair for a day of epic entertainment at Journey’s End Estate in Sir Lowry’s Pass on Sunday September 13. From Wine Olympics that include barrel rolling, water biscuit eating and wine spitting to a giant medieval catapult ... and add in live music and an array of fine food ... there is something for everyone. 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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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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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 July 25 or August 29 Continue Reading

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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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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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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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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.

  • Sounds cthat conjure up memories

    August 7, 2015 at 10:50 am by David Biggs

    (Published : 21st July 2015)
    Wherever I go I find myself surrounded by photographers. Smart phones have turned us all into shutter-bugs. Go into a restaurant and you’ll see diners photographing the food on their plates and the companions sharing their tables. Waiters are regularly asked to take a picture of the group at the table, which will probably be sent to relatives on the other side of the world before the diners have even finished their main course.

    Drive along any of the Cape’s scenic roads and you’ll see groups of tourists busily photographing each other (or themselves) against the background of False Bay or Chapman’s Peak.

    It seems we’re obsessed by visual images. We want to take the whole world around us and store it all in the little box in our pocket.

    But there’s more to the world than scenic images. Many of my clearest memories are of sounds rather than scenes.

    I clearly remember many of the sounds from my childhood in the Karoo – the creak and clank of a windmill pumping water, the rattle of a clapper-lark’s wings in the veld, the chorus of a flock of sheep being rounded up for dosing, the click-clicking of shears at shearing time, the murmur of doves in the tall pine trees and the clank of milk buckets being brought to the kitchen in the early morning.

    I read recently that the National Trust in Britain is making a collection of seaside sounds, in co-operation with the British Library. People are invited to contribute five-minute sound recordings of their favourite beaches – the sound of feet walking over pebble beaches, waves crashing on the shore, ice cream being scooped, seagulls circling overhead, a small spade digging in the sand and filling a bucket. Every seaside resort and every beach has its own set of sounds and these are being stored for future generations.

    Sounds change over the years, just as scenes do.

    I wonder whether anybody in South Africa is thinking of storing some of the sounds that make up our diverse country. Many of those I remember have already vanished. We never hear the fish-horn honking in the market place any more, or the call of a small newspaper seller shouting “Argy, Argy.”

    What a fascinating symphony of memories those sounds could be. Will future generations remember the sound of the scrap-iron collector’s horse-drawn cart clip-clopping through the suburbs, the continuous hooting of minibus taxis in Sea Point, the happy chat of patrons in a Khayelitsha tavern, the echoing announcements at the Cape Town International Airport, the seagulls screeching over the fishing boats as they unload their catches in Kalk Bay.

    Quite apart from being a fascinating sound picture of the Mother City, just think what delight a library of Cape Town’s sounds would offer to someone who is visually impaired.


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  • Is it worth having so many car models on the market?

    July 22, 2015 at 6:54 am by David Biggs

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  • Is anybody surprised that 95% of us are destined for ill health?

    July 21, 2015 at 6:51 am by David Biggs

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  • When is a lie not a lie?

    July 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm by David Biggs

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