Archive for November, 2012

Wine O'Clock

False Bay Chenin Blanc 2011

False Bay Chenin Blanc 2011

The 2010 release of this wine was fab at the price, and this is a good follow-up. Interestingly though, the brighter season has provided a little more fruit ripeness that in my view tips the balance to sweet just a little over the well weighed wine of last year. Lovely […]

November 13, 2012 ×

Eating up Dubai

I’ll give you a tip…

I’ll give you a tip…

Warning – Rant Forthcoming I’m a sucker. I tip everybody. I tip cab drivers who drive over the speed limit. I tip hairdressers who charge me too much. I tip the manicurist who keeps on telling me I have old-lady-hands and weird feet. I tip the barrista who burns my […]

November 12, 2012 ×

Beautiful places and spaces, Destination Guides

Oman – Birkat Al Mawz

Oman – Birkat Al Mawz

I read recently that Oman is actively trying to embrace tourism, but it’s not yet that evident all over. The country has built all its five star hotels in one city, most of them far enough out of Muscat so nobody ever actually leaves the resort. There is an outrageous […]

November 7, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Chateau Correnson Lirac Rose 2010

Chateau Correnson Lirac Rose 2010

My love of Lirac is no great secret, and this is a ripper little example. It’s so completely redcurranty it’s silly. Seriously, if you steeped the little blighters in a little pure alcohol and added just the right amount of sugar, they might taste a little like this. Just not […]

November 6, 2012 ×

Beautiful places and spaces

Mountain of the sun – Jebel Shams

Mountain of the sun – Jebel Shams

Few words today. There’s a Champagne dinner tonight, the International Fine Food Festival today, and a magazine’s coming around to photograph all my Christmas recipes tomorrow. Did I mention my house is a mess? Anyway, here’s a few tempters to get you all excited about the Oman posts I’m about […]

November 2, 2012 ×

Wine O'Clock

Riorret Pinot Noir (Merricks Grove) 2009

Riorret Pinot Noir (Merricks Grove) 2009

Sorry Dubai drinkers – I’m swilling this in Oz, and you’ll probably never see it. But it’s just so good, I have to tell you anyway. And, I’m going to go on a bit. Maybe it will seal your faith in De Bortoli – the tall poppy label hiding behind […]

November 1, 2012 ×