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Top 10 Chenin Blanc

By Jamie Goode | 4 October 2016

So, for the third year, I have been involved in judging the Standard Bank Top 10 Chenin Blanc competition. Judging took place over two days in July. The results are out and make interesting reading. It’s always fun to see which wines made the grade, because the tasting is done totally blind, and we have no idea even which wines entered. In particular, there was one wine which some of the members of the judging panel were keen on, but which I didn’t think was good enough to make the Top 10. So I was really looking forward to finding out which one it was.

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An amazing tasting of older South African wines, in Texas

By Jamie Goode | 31 August 2016

A huge thunderstorm hit, just as our plane was about to land in Dallas. It was quite dramatic, and we had to divert to Houston, and land there instead. After an hour on the ground without deplaning, the captain told us that there’d been a break in the weather, and we could try to head back to Dallas and land there. After what seemed like an age in the sky, circling the storm and waiting for the OK, we finally made it onto the Dallas tarmac, some 5 hours late. It was my first time in Texas, and I hadn’t a clue about what to expect. Cowboys? Rodeos? Republicans?

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Method Cap Classique and Leeu

By Jamie Goode | 3 August 2016

I was back in South Africa again. It was winter, but it didn’t feel like it as I arrived in Franschhoek on a gorgeously sunny day, with a sky that seemed bluer than it ever gets in summer. There’s a quality to winter light that’s quite special. Everything seems laser sharp and vivid.

 

One of the advantages of travelling to South Africa from the UK is the lack of any jet lag. Yes, an 11 hour flight is an 11 hour flight, and it’s a long time to be on a plane. But as long as you get more than just an hour or two of sleep, you can land and hit the road running, without conking out mid-evening as so often happens with jet lag.

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Jamie Goode

If you are going to drive to Hermanus from Cape Town International Airport, you have two choices. The first is the most direct route: you hit the N2 and just keep driving, over the pass into Elgin and then over the pass out of Elgin, and you'll be there is about 80 minutes. The second route takes a bit longer: head to the coast at Somerset West and then follow the gently winding coast road. I reckon this is one of the world's great drives, with stunning sea views. There's something very special in this landscape, and the real challenge is keeping your eyes on the road. If it's the weekend you'll be sharing the road with a lot of cycles and motorbikes.

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In Susan's glass

I fell in love with South Africa and the wines a few years ago. The recent MasterChef UK final took me right back to a holiday I had there. They went to the same Game Reserve that we stayed at and we also went to Reuben Riffel's restaurant in Franschhoek the night before my friends wedding - it was great to see Reuben as a guest judge too! Watching that episode seemed like the perfect excuse to open this beautiful bottle of Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof. What a delicious wine! 

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