Seven Barrels of Easy Fun from Richard Kershaw

Shiraz – or Syrah – moments are when warmth, comfort and simple pleasures are required. Never a challenging wine, Shiraz is lovable due to its simple, cuddly precociousness and its almost slut-like pursuit for attention. It pleases easily, and there are those times when Shiraz hits the parts other wines are unable to find.

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Heaven with Goat and Chardonnay

I was looking at a dead goat and drinking the finest Chardonnay in the land. The goat was big and fleshy and red, and this being the Restaurant at the Newton Johnson winery in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, Chef Eric Bulpitt was deftly dissecting the creature with a razor-sharp knife, the kind used for settling old scores in Sicily. He was preparing lunch for a few hungry wine-tasters, which brings me to the Chardonnay.

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