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      Meet the Author: Donald
      Donald Griffiths
      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.

      Chateau Le Boscq 2003

      I am not ashamed to admit that I bought this wine...

      St. Emilion – a Wine Lover’s Paradise

      There are not many places in the world where you can...

      Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2009

      Continuing with my animal-on-the-label-theme here, you wouldn’t expect to choose a...

      Vriesenhof Kallista 2004

      The major disadvantage of supermarkets dominating the retail sale of wine...

      Stellenzicht Rhapsody 2004

      South African winemakers have been in a bit of a quandary...

      Raats Cabernet Franc 2007

      Cabernet Franc is an under-rated grape variety, in my opinion, and...

      Neethlingshof Malbec 2009

      Every cloud has a silver lining. If my local Waitrose had...

      La Motte Shiraz 2006

      Franschhoek literally means French Corner. This beautiful valley in the Western...

      Eos Reserve Petite Sirah 2007

      The recent demise of Wine Rack deprived me of this wine...

      Meerlust Merlot 2005

      Trawling through my regular wine-buying websites the other day to see...

      Lo Zoccolaio Barbera d’Alba 2006

      I thought the classification of French wines was complicated before I...

      Schroeder Estate Patagonian Pinot Noir 2009

      Think of Patagonia and killer whales, vast snow-capped mountain ranges and...

      Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2005

      Joel Peterson is known as “The Godfather of Zin” because of...

      E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone 2006

      I first bought this wine a few years ago in France...