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.

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

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

    (Published: 20th July 2015)
    I was chatting about standardization in a recent column and happened to mention that, by and large, car controls had at last been standardized.
    Not so, says James, who sent me an e-mail pointing out the differences between European-based cars and those produce in the Far East.
    I think he’s referring specifically to the levers operating the lights and windscreen wipers.
    “European cars have their controls on the opposite side to the Asiatic ones,” he says.
    “What makes it even more exciting is driving two cars from the same manufacturer where one car is made in England and the other in Japan/India. In this case it is Honda CRV (England) and a Brio (India). Just to complicate matters even further the CRV models (when mine was purchased) that were manufactured in different countries also differed.”
    It made me think how different motoring was when I started driving, more years ago than I care to confess.
    Farming motorists in the Karoo almost all drove American cars – Fords, Chevrolets, Pontiacs, Dodges, Plymouths and Studebakers. Rich racehorse breeders travelled in Cadillacs.
    Some town drivers had English cars – Austins, Morrises, Singers, Wolseleys, Humbers and Rileys. Rich city stockbrokers drove Jaguars.
    British cars fell apart rather quickly if they were driven on Karoo gravel roads. American cars, with their big tyres and squishy suspension, fared much better.
    Not many people drove German cars because it was too soon after the war and many wounds were still too fresh.
    Very few had ever heard of French cars.
    As far as I remember the basic difference between British and America cars was that American cars had all their bling on the outside – fins, chrome strips, fancy bonnet ornaments and white-wall tyres.
    British cars kept their flashiness to the interior of the vehicle in the form of hand stitched leather upholstery and polished walnut dashboards. Subtle elegance.
    I always thought this was rather symbolic of the two countries. The brash ”Look at me!” Americans and the conservative British who hated outward flash but appreciated fine old fashioned craftsmanship.
    Today it’s almost impossible to tell where a car comes from. The body may be built in Brazil, the gearbox in Korea and the engine in China, with all the electrical fittings coming from India.
    And as James says, sometimes different versions of the same model can come from two different countries.
    It hardly seems worth having so many models on the market. It must make life very confusing for the people who provide spare parts. “Do you want the carburetor for the Japanese model with the Indian engine or the Korean model with the Chinese engine?”
    Under that very flimsy exterior shell it seems all cars are a mish-mash of bits and pieces from all around the world.
    I suppose this is what is known as “globalization.”

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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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  • SA businesses need new mind set

    July 17, 2015 at 6:47 am by David Biggs

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