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Book Launch and Rreview – Platter’s 40th Vintage is Aged to Perfection

Platter’s by Diners Club International 2020 South African Wine Guide – John Platter SA Wine Guide (Pty) Ltd, 2020 – R295 https://www.wineonaplatter.com/   Dr Peter Rating – Experience: 4.5/5 Dr Peter Rating – Book: 5/5 I use Platter’s – or,...
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Book Review – Red & White in Simple Black and White

Red & White – Oz Clarke (Little, Brown Book Group, 2018) – R340 https://www.littlebrown.co.uk/titles/oz-clarke/red-white/9781408710159/ Book: 4.5/5 Oz Clarke and I went to the same school – The King’s School, Canterbury in England – but from there our career paths differed....
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Book Review – Good in Appearance, Consistent Complexity and Undeveloped Structure

My WineRoute South Africa – Mike Froud (Map Studio, 2013) – R63 http://www.topwinesa.com/ Book: 3.5/5 DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE – read more here. In considering how to review My WineRoute South Africa, I started to think how the ideal...
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Book Review – Industry-focused but Good for the Wine Enthusiast too!

WineLand Magazine – R45 monthly http://www.wineland.co.za/ Magazine: 4/5 Trying to get my hands on a copy of the WineLand magazine was as tough as finding the proverbial hen’s teeth or, perhaps more aptly, vine’s teeth. I am sure that not...
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Book Review – Five Stars Again!

Platter’s by Diners Club International 2018 South African Wine Guide – John Platter SA Wine Guide (Pty) Ltd, 2018 – R260 https://www.wineonaplatter.com/   Book: 5/5 I was more than pleased to get my hands on the latest edition of the...
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Book Review – “A Bottle of Wine Contains More Philosophy Than all the Books in the World”

The Lighter Side of Wine – Colin Collard & Dave Biggs, illustrated by Frans Groenewald (Art Publishers, 2016) – R150 http://vespaghetti-art.com/the-lighter-side-of-wine/ Book: 4/5 My father was a humorous cartoonist and so I am very familiar with the genre. A good...
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Book Review – Chatter on a Platter

Everything You Wanted to Know about Wine but Were Too Afraid to Ask – A Platter’s Guide (John Platter, 2016) – R285 https://www.wineonaplatter.com/products Book: 3.5/5 I am old enough to remember seeing the 1972 cult Woody Allen comedy movie “Everything...
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Book Review – ‘Cheers’ and ‘Bon Appetit’

The Food & Wine Pairing Guide – Katinka van Niekerk and Brian Burke (Struik Lifestyle, 2009) – R220 Book: 4.5/5 I purchased the Food & Wine Pairing Guide a couple of months after I bought the 2017 Platter’s South African...
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Book Review – It Would be Folly … not to Use Wine Folly

Wine Folly: a Visual Guide to the World of Wine – Madeline Puckette and Justin Hammack (Michael Joseph, 2015) – R350 http://winefolly.com/ Book: 4.5/5 I’ll come clean with you. I am not an avid reader of books. That may surprise....
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Book Review – A Must-Read for the Wine Explorer

Exploring The Cape Winelands of South Africa – Doris Jansen and Kay Leresche (Meadowlark Publishers, 2013) – R275 Book: 4.5/5 Guide books abound for Cape Town and the Western Cape. They cover a multitude of tourist, historic and adventure activities...