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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

February 2015

Posted on 17 February 2015

Cape winemakers are producing some really excellent Chardonnays worthy of our attention. Le Bonheur’s 2014 vintage is one of these. 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

Sip your way through the Constantia valley

Posted on 03 March 2015

Taste the different wines of the Constantia Valley every Monday and Friday at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands throughout the month of March Continue Reading

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Dancing on the grapes!

Posted on 02 March 2015

If you've never experienced the heady excitement of the Beaumont Wines Annual Port Stomp, don't miss your chance this year on March 20! Continue Reading

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Events

New wine show for Eastern Cape

Posted on 26 February 2015

The first FNB Eastern Cape Wine Show opens in East London on March 12, to be followed two days later with a tasting in the Friendly City, Port Elizabeth. Continue Reading

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Events

Summer Concerts at Solms-Delta

Posted on 23 February 2015

Local is lekker at the second Saturday summer concert – on March 7 – at Solms-Delta Wine Estate in Franschhoek Continue Reading

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Special wine-paired dinners

Posted on 17 February 2015

The season of wine-paired dinners at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands begins with a burgundy-inspired evening with Glen Carlou on April 11 – followed by the Pinot Noir Festival the following day 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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Events

Beards, Barrels & Bot River

Posted on 16 February 2015

Book your spot early for a harvest celebration with a difference at the Bot River Barrels & Beards on April 17 & 18 - where big beards, bountiful tables and beautiful wines set the tone 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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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.

  • Cuddle hormone seen as new hangover cure –you feel sexy and ready to party.

    March 3, 2015 at 6:33 am by David Biggs

    (Published: 27th February 2015)
    I just love reading scientific articles, not because I’m particularly interested in the results of obscure surveys and studies, but because I often wonder who decided, anyway, to do research into stuff like the incidence of left-handedness in laboratory rats.
    Talking of laboratory rats, a recent study by scientists at the University of Sydney in Australia discovered that the hormone oxytocin cured hangovers in drunken rats.
    Only in Australia would drunken rats be enough of a problem to warrant a research programme, but let that be for the moment.
    Apparently they found that a rat that had indulged in too much booze would sit all alone and head-achey in the corner while his pals partied on. But when given a shot of oxytocin the rat immediately blinked, straightened up and get right back into the swing of the party.
    Oxytocin, by the way, is popularly known as the “cuddle hormone,” because – among other things — it stimulates feelings of affection and sexual desire.
    I can’t help wondering whether it would be cheaper – and possibly pleasanter for the drunken rat – if he were simply introduced to an amorous female rat and be allowed to cuddle for a while.
    I’ve heard of several hangover cures over the years and the idea of a curative cuddle appeals to me far more that the horrible raw egg cure or the “hair of the dog,” which only makes matters worse.
    The researchers warn that the sobering-up effect of oxytocin have not yet been assessed for human use. They also claim that the cuddle hormone will not mask the results of a breathalyzer test if you have indulged too enthusiastically.
    It could, I suspect, land you even deeper in trouble if you suddenly felt an overwhelming desire to cuddle the traffic cop administering the test.

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  • I guess I’m just not hard-wired for them electronic books

    March 2, 2015 at 8:37 am by David Biggs

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  • It’s never too late to be what you might have been

    February 27, 2015 at 5:19 am by David Biggs

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  • The magical past of motoring in the Cape

    February 26, 2015 at 4:58 am by David Biggs

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