Wine of the Week: Graham Beck “The Game Reserve” Chenin Blanc, Franschhoek

The Society of Wine Educators held a dinner last night at Jiko - The Cooking Place. The theme was South African wines and African inspired dishes. This dish was a delicious fusion of ingredients that included a revisited spanakopita with curry vinaigrette, a delicious "Mozambique-style" Tomato Salad and a crispy beef "Bobotie" Roll. The Chef... Continue Reading →

Day 1: Society of Wine Educators Conference In Orlando, Florida

I'm in Orlando, Florida for my first leg of the marathon that is the Society of Wine Educators conference (SWE). I am a big fan of the SWE, their classes, approach and staff alike. This is my fifth conference and at the gym this morning I already noted some familiar faces. I'm looking forward to... Continue Reading →

Blind Tasting Competition – VinoVipn2013

Today is a beautiful day in Cortina without a cloud in the sky. VinoVip 2013 has an interesting program of seminars and tastings. I opted for the blind tasting this morning and seminars in the afternoon. It will be interesting to see how I do in this competition.

VinoVip 2013 – Cortina

I arrived in Cortina last night for the 9th edition of, an Italian wine event that takes place every two years in this gorgeous location in the Dolomites. The event is a three day extravagance with wine tastings at mountain "rifugi" at 2500 meters above sea level with Jancis Robinson, MW as keynote speaker.... Continue Reading →

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