On the Grapevine

The Singing Life

Friday, 23 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 4 By Colin Kaye
For twenty-four hours every day, music is played to the vines at the De Morgenzon farm in Stellenbosch. But not any old music, you understand. According to owner Hylton Appelbaum,…

Mistaken Identity

Friday, 16 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 3 By Colin Kaye
When these two wines were delivered, it just happened that I wasn’t wearing my glasses. I also wasn’t wearing them when I once affectionately greeted someone I thought was a…

Mozart’s Wine

Friday, 09 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 2 By Colin Kaye
Mozart came from the charming city of Salzburg, known today for its music festival, baroque architecture and Mozart souvenirs. The climate of the region was never conducive to growing vines…

Sensing the Sensi

Friday, 02 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 1 By Colin Kaye
Walter Hagen, the first superstar of American golf evidently said, “You’re only here for a short visit. Don’t hurry, don’t worry. And be sure to smell the flowers along the…

Bargains from Down Under

Friday, 26 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 52 By Colin Kaye
Well then, here’s something interesting. I’m sure you’ve noticed the increasing number of fruit wines appearing in the supermarkets during recent months. What you may not have realised is that…

Ladies’ Wine?

Friday, 19 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 51 By Colin Kaye
As chance would have it, a couple of weeks ago I found myself at a local wine-tasting, though with the flashing lights, the deafening music and the general hub-hub it…

Contrasting Whites

Friday, 12 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 50 By Colin Kaye
The other day a friend told me that I don’t write enough about Australian wines, despite the fact that I wrote about them only some weeks ago. Honestly, some people…

A Matter of Taste

Friday, 05 December 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 49 By Colin Kaye
Down at the village tavern a few nights ago, the conversation - as it so often does - turned to wine. Someone remarked that the enjoyment of wine is a…

And Another Thing…

Friday, 28 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 48 By Colin Kaye
Yesterday I read in one of Britain’s wine trade magazines that most people are not interested in being educated about wine, but instead prefer little nuggets of information, or “dinner…

Mission in Chile

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Colin Kaye
They were making wine - of a sort - in South America a good many years before Shakespeare was born. In the early 1500s, Spanish Franciscan missionaries planted grapes in…

The Spice of Life

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Colin Kaye
We have to thank the eighteenth century English poet and hymn-writer William Cowper for this phrase, although its origins could well be earlier. The expression you hear today is not…

Fearsome Creatures

Friday, 07 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 45 By Colin Kaye
Now then, here’s this week’s question. What’s an alicanto? If your answer is that an alicanto is a male inhabitant of Alicante, that sprawling city on the Costa Blanca, it…

Changing Tastes

Friday, 31 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 44 By Colin Kaye
The other night, I was reminded again of the importance of decent wine glasses. The wine was ordinary and one I knew well, but the large glass made all the…

Snakes Alive!

Friday, 24 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 43 By Colin Kaye
Now I don’t know about you, but I am not terribly keen on snakes. We found one sleeping in the bathroom the other day with a large bulge in its…

Wine with the Veggies

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Colin Kaye
If you happen to be vegetarian, wine could present a problem. Most people don’t realise that wines are usually made using animal-derived products. To clean the newly-made wine and remove…
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