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Twitter Wine Reviews - August 2010

The Twitter Wine Review Social Experiment. I never understood wine reviews, the classy ones. Sure - 3 stars, 4 stars, but when they got to acidic bouquets and well textured noses. They lost me. Here's a social trend: man-in-the-street wine reviews, from someone who knows what he likes, probably knows what others would like, but refuses to hoighty toighty it up.

Enjoy!

My Twitter Wine Review List for August 2010:

2008 Amy Biehl Sauvignon Blanc. Like Amy, this one was plucked too young. Grapetiser without the bubbles. 4/10.

2007 Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon. Bit of brass and biltong on the sniff. Very full flavoured. Shuper! 7/10.

2008 Diemersdal Merlot. Ripe and juicy. It's a smooth, silky kind of love I have for this wine. Oh. Oh. 8/10.

2009 Catherine Marshall Sauvignon Blanc. Frightfully fruity. I may drop more rhymes after another glass. 7/10.

What causes a cork to look like this? It's insides pulled up through the middle. 2006. So sad.

2007 Glen Carlou Tortoise Hill Red.…

Twitter Wine Reviews - July 2010

The Twitter Wine Review Social Experiment. I never understood wine reviews, the classy ones. Sure - 3 stars, 4 stars, but when they got to acidic bouquets and well textured noses. They lost me. Here's a social trend: man-in-the-street wine reviews, from someone who knows what he likes, probably knows what others would like, but refuses to hoighty toighty it up.

Enjoy!

My Twitter Wine Review List for July 2010:

2009 Boekenhoutskloof The Wolftrap Syrah Mourvedre Vognier. Plump mulberry hidden inside smelly socks. Raspberry. Mint. So nice. 7/10.

About to open a Six Tonner Merlot. Hope the name doesn't describe the resultant head condition. (FOLLOW UP REVIEW: 2008 Darling Cellars Six Tonner Merlot. It's like sticking your tongue in fresh soil and finding a mulberry. Unusually pleasant. 7/10.)

2007 Glen Carlou Cabernet Sauvignon. Different. Like an orchard of citrus stuff. Fruity as the Gay Pride festival. 7/10.

2007 Cloof. The Very Sexy Shiraz. Bit of a Fanta Grape nose but re…

Twitter Wine Reviews - June 2010

The Twitter Wine Review Social Experiment. I never understood wine reviews, the classy ones. Sure - 3 stars, 4 stars, but when they got to acidic bouquets and well textured noses. They lost me. Here's a social trend: man-in-the-street wine reviews, from someone who knows what he likes, probably knows what others would like, but refuses to hoighty toighty it up.

Enjoy!

My Twitter Wine Review List for June 2010:

Apparently wines most likely to give you a headache are, in order: sake, merlot, cab sav, chardonnay, syrah and black muscat. Last 2 are?

2006 Du Toitskloof Cellar Shiraz. Platters says: polished leather. I say the brass stud of polished leather. Mmm brass. 6/10. (FOLLOW UP: Ooh. Interesting. I'd rated that wine before. As a 3. It must have been the 45 minute air-ation I gave it. Must have been.)

2006 Blaauklippen Shiraz. Very different for a Shiraz. Blackcurrant. Pretty smooth. Worth another try. 6/10.

2008 Woolworths House Red. Hmrph. Only good after 4 beers. 4/10.

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PigSpotter vs The Stig

This tweet was worth a post, immortalising it's cleverness. It comes from SA user: George_ZA:

Some say he inspired Lady Gaga's meat dress, and that he despises anything un-kosher. All we know, is, he's a pigilante called @PigSpotter!WAHAHA! Go PigSpotter... he's been in the news alot, even making The Register overseas (my favourite phrase their is the warning about the lady in her undercrackers on PigSpotter's home page!)

Seriously. Check him out. He's so hot right now.

The end of an FNB chapter, beginning of a new one...

Time has come to move on from FNB. Without getting overly schmaltzy, as usual, it's been a helluva time and something I wouldn't have traded for the world. As crazy as it might sound, I would recommend everyone spends a couple of years in a corporate. A big, heaving, machine of a company - and an innovative one if you're lucky.

I was lucky. No-one understood when I used to say FNB had an entrepreneurial environment (intrapreneurial?) - but look past the standard corporate politics existing in every company, and there really is an underlying drive to think different and innovate in what's perceived as a fairly stagnant sector.

The projects I was lucky enough to work on were edge-of-the-seat stuff, most of which I've shared with you - by blog or by tweet. A first Facebook presence, crowdsourcing, content management, UX-centered design, sales systems - and a bunch I can't even talk about because you're yet to see them coming. Good times.

For the moment, it'…

The new Digg...

One of the big upgrades to the new Digg is the ability to auto submit your feeds into the Digg database. Theoretically, this will result in a ton of extra crap content as every blogger on the planet seeks to get Dugg. But... they have some pretty nifty "follow" features - using the social graph to then sort and sift through the extra data.

I'm playing with it now - will let you know how it goes.

My verification code that Digg needs (ignore this):