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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

JUNE 2015

Posted on 28 June 2015

The Bonnievale 2012 Barrel Select Shiraz It has all the warm smokiness I expect from a Shiraz, together with wafts of sweet dark berries on the nose and the layered flavours are rich with the tastes of smoky bacon, dark red berries and ripe plums. 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

Make Mondays wine discovery days

Posted on 02 June 2015

As the winter chill hits the Cape, its time to hit the tasting track ... and make Monday's at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands a regular wine discovery evening. Continue Reading

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Events

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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Events

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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Events

Whisky Galore

Posted on 01 May 2015

There is just one more upcoming Whisky Live Showroom event: so dont miss your opportunity to sample the elixer of life from June 18 to 20 in Cape Town Continue Reading

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Events

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 June 17, July 25 or August 29 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 July 3 and 4 – so book yours ASAP. Continue Reading

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Events

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.

  • Why risk lives if you can buy the goods in a shop?

    June 29, 2015 at 6:49 am by David Biggs

    (Published: 25th June 2015)
    It certainly didn’t make headlines on any of the financial pages, and no mention was made on the daily stock exchange reports, but I was intrigued by a small item on an inside page of a local newspaper. It said, simply, that the average price of dagga had dropped to almost half its previous level since the sale of the weed was made legal in the American state of Colorado.
    A year ago, when trading in dagga was illegal in Colorado, people were prepared to pay up to $70 for an eighth of an ounce of marijuana (You can do your own conversion to rands if you’re interested).
    Now that it’s on sale legally at licensed stores you can buy your dagga for about $35 a hit.
    What’s more, the state of Colorado earns a bit of tax from every sale of dagga, and former criminal drug dealers are now finding it hardly worthwhile to trade in the drug because there’s not much profit in it any more.
    It seems everybody wins.
    For many years there have been people suggesting that by making drug sales legal you’d deal a death blow to almost all the gang warfare that plagues our beautiful Cape Peninsula.
    We hear of hundreds of drug-related shootings in Cape Town every year. Violent gun battles break out as gangs fight for control of their “turf.” Innocent bystanders are regularly killed in the crossfire.
    Why?
    Because there’s big money to be made a long as drug dealing is illegal and risky.
    Would there be so much violence and crime if drugs were available from registered drug stores at reasonable prices?
    As far as I can see, people who are going to take “recreational” drugs will do so no matter how legal or illegal they are made.
    Let them, I say. If anybody wants to go and fry their brains with drugs, they’re welcome to go right ahead. It’s their own choice. But if it involves shootings and gang warfare resulting in the deaths of passers-by, then we’re all involved.
    I am sure there are no violent street battles over the right to sell beer and wine. You can pop into your nearest bottle store and get some without firing a single shot if you want it.
    They banned the sale of alcohol in America in the 1920s and that gave rise to an era of gangsterism that has never been repeated. But as soon as Prohibition was repealed, warlords like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano found themselves without work.
    Why risk lives if you can buy the goods in a shop?
    How many lives does it take to drive this message home?

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  • Were things better before Eskom and LP gas came into our lives?

    June 28, 2015 at 10:42 am by David Biggs

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  • How to keep the customers happy

    June 26, 2015 at 6:41 am by David Biggs

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  • “Goedkoop is duurkoop” contains more than a grain of truth

    June 25, 2015 at 10:40 am by David Biggs

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