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Where to eat and drink in Rome?

I’m off to Rome for a short time in May/June and have pulled together various reviews of the best places to eat and drink. If there is somewhere you really think I should visit, I welcome to suggested. Just add to comments or buzz me on social media.

Paul Cluver Village Pinot Noir

I could lose my fortune to pinot noir. It’s the hardest grape to grow and pretty much the most expensive to buy. I’ve carted huge maps of Burgundy from England to Melbourne, Sydney and back again and now to Johannesburg such is my love of this fickle grape. Sadly, though, I’ve found that more than any other variety, pinot noir is ruined by a volatile fault, ethyl acetate. Panting for pinot noir My palate and nose have an unfortunate calibration […]

Caperatif South African vermouth

Caperitif – a true African vermouth with a taste of the Cape

Vermouth is having its moment. In my home of the previous 20 years, Australia, there are plenty of local versions such as Maidenii, Causes & Cures and Regal Rogue in addition to imported Vermouths such as the excellent Casa Mariol from Spain. Vermut Visit Spain and for a few Euros a sweetened vermut on ice is a terrific alternative to sherry or a beer. Vermouth is a fortified sweetened wine, red, white and sometimes pink. What is common is that […]

City on a Hill chenin blanc viognier 2016

City on a Hill chenin blanc viognier 2016

It’s difficult to escape Swartland. Though not the prettiest of the Cape’s wine regions, the wines are so bloody good. I’m talking about those made with minimal intervention. City on a Hill The City on a Hill 2016 is one that knocked me off my perch. Bold, textured, savoury, spicy and with none too much acid, it’s also comparatively low alcohol at 12.5%. The viognier brings that dirty edginess of tropical fruits that balances out the acid of the chenin […]

Bad Asian restaurant names

Uncle Ho. Happy Endings. And the latest Misohawni, a new restaurant in Johannesburg with a gimmicky name and a mishmash of Asian cuisines including Ramen. The social media and, in particular Twitter, backlash against the trivialisation and sexualisation of Asian culture in restaurants is inevitable. As is Misohawni taking down its Facebook page within 24 hours of opening. Check out my Medium post on the sexualisation of Asian women in restaurants.