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Meet the Author: Donald
Donald
Donald lives in Tadworth, Surrey and is originally from Durban in South Africa. He developed an appreciation for wine at a relatively young age mainly in thanks to his francophile mother who served it (just one glass mind!) with food around the dining table and taught him to appreciate, enjoy and acknowledge its ability to complement and even enhance good food. This appreciation grew stronger in his early twenties when he met like-minded buyers and drinkers of wine while working behind a bar as a student and also realised that a good bottle of cabernet sauvignon was a better pairing with barbecued red meat than any beer could ever be. Now all he pretty much drinks is wine – of all colours and styles – and enjoys collecting wines he likes to drink. Favourites include (but are not restricted to!) New World Pinot Noirs, most red Rhone varietals, the deeply dark and tannic wines from South-West France, big, creamy, oaked and over-the-top Chardonnays and the sweet white wines of Monbazillac and Sauternes. Donald prides himself on a relatively in-depth knowledge of the South African wine industry. He has visited many of the top wine estates in the Cape and will gladly try and convert the most sceptic, ignorant and staunchest critics of SA wine. If he won the lottery Donald freely admits he would buy a wine estate somewhere in the world and grow old in no great rush while getting his feet wet with grape juice.

La Toledana Gavi Vendemmia 2010

I find it hard to drink red wine in this hot...
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Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc 2010

I can be a bit of a snob when it comes...
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Chateau Haute-Fonrousse Monbazillac 2003

Sweet/dessert wine is something I’ve only relatively recently got into. I...
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Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Buitenverwachting literally means Beyond Expectation and this is certainly true in...
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De Morgenzon Chenin Blanc 2008

A native of the Loire Valley in France and chief component...
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Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006

Robert Mondavi is an American winemaking legend known throughout the world....
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Springfield Special Cuvee Sauvignon Blanc 2007

In my humble opinion this is the best South African Sauvignon...
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Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay 2006

Californian Chardonnay is to be steered clear of in my experience,...
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Nederburg Winemaster’s Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2010

Nederburg is probably the most famous South African wine estate, not...
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Elgin Vintners Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Better known for the production of fruit – particularly apples and...
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Neethlingshof Gewurztraminer 2007

Matching food and wine can be tricky at the best of...
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Graham Beck Sauvignon Blanc 2007

South African winemakers have been desperately trying to catch up with...
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Mill Stone Private Vineyards Chardonnay 2008

I’m always wary of modern trends in wine consumption – wine...