Monthly Archives: December 2015

Die Vine Intervention:  Steenberg Sparkling Savignon Blanc

The ever-bubbly Michael Oliver proves once again what excellent value Cape sparkling wines can be, when he introduces the Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc from Steenberg.

The tasting panel in Johannesburg features a few familiar voices – Barclays’ analyst Chris Gilmour, branding expert and wine writer Jeremy Sampson and technical wizard Malcolm MacDonald.

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ZA Confidential Cellphone Review. Xiaomi Mi 4.

There is a first time for everything.   Despite many decade of journalism and a fascination with electronic toys, I have never before reviewed a smartphone.   I know the geeks among you will pour over specifications, and that you can Google a pretty authoritative assessment at the click of a mouse, but that is not my style.   So it has taken me a while to work out what to say about the Mi 4 from Xiaomi.   On the plus side, this is a device which seems to be on a par with a lot of far more expensive smartphones.  I think the world has gone rather mad when you spend more on a phone than you do on a TV – something I have already done this year.   And, let’s face it, some of us like to own a decent phone while still having enough cash left over for food, drink and merriment.  On the negative side, this is not yet a well-established brand in South Africa, but it is being launched and distributed by the people behind Apple imports and distribution, and they should know a thing or two million about cellphones.   So, before I return the trial device to the mad fools who let me play with it, I shall sum up my thoughts:  If you want a cellphone which does all the good stuff of its far more expensive rivals, and even makes phone calls, then the Mi 4 is well worth considering. The same people make a range of other phones and I believe their tablet devices may soon also reach the South African market.  The Chinese are all the rage in Africa at the moment, as they buy up most of the Continent, so why not give this Chinese phone a try?   Unless you plan not to eat very much for the next 24 months?   One thing is for sure.  The Mi 4 will impress you a lot more than my first ever cellphone review.

 

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Die Vine Intervention:  A Pair of Italians

Our food and wine expert Michael Olivier uncorks two Italian wines from Enzo Gabba

– Cantina di Negrar – Le Roselle Valpolicella Ripasso 2013

– Mastroberardino Morablanca Irpinia Palghina 2012

John Fraser is joined in the Jo’burg studio by Cape Wine Master Debi van Flymen of the Wine Cellar, leading economist Mike Schussler and Clientele’s Malcolm MacDonald.
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Die Vine Intervention.  Douglas Green Chardonnay and Merlot

Award-winning wonder of the wine world Michael Olivier has chosen two 2014 Douglas Green wines for our latest tasting podcast – the Chardonnay and Merlot.

John Fraser is joined in the Jo’burg studio by Cape Wine Master Debi van Flymen of the Wine Cellar, top economist Mike Schussler and Clientele’s Malcolm MacDonald.

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