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Grape Expectations

The prequel for the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival started 27 years ago in Hermanus with my first wine tasting at home. Norma Ratcliffe, first wine lady of Warwick, Peter Finlayson, pioneer of the Pinot, Thelema’s Gyles Webb, and the late Tim Hamilton...

Stellar Venue – Heavenly Food – Alain Ducasse

Arguably the world’s greatest living chef, Alain Ducasse has vision, determination and a formidable public persona. Most revered for his French haute cuisine, he’s amassed 19 Michelin stars and owns 20 restaurants from Las Vegas to Tokyo. His four-star Provençal...

Hôtel de Paris, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Finest wines fit for a Princess The South African flag is flying high in Monaco! The marriage of Ms Charlene Wittstock has created a unique opening for South African wines and Juliet Cullinan has not skipped a beat in seizing the opportunity to showcase some quality...

The Golden Years – David Bowie (1947 – 2016)

By James Cullinan David Bowie was so timeless that I’d never thought it possible he could die. An artistic chameleon, he was full of surprises, and yet the only act that has truly surprised me since his elaborate alter egos of Ziggy Stardust or Aladdin Sane was his...

Bruce Robertson, Farewell my friend

Bruce Robertson - I called him Sexy Chef.He was my closest male friend and confidant. Bruce was intense, encompassing, dynamic, like a neon lights in a world of watercolours. His mind raced, skipped and jumped, constantly designing, constantly moving, but when you...

Food and Wine Tango – KWV and Bruce Robertson

The slogan “enjoy your workout” is an anomaly to me. Does anyone actually enjoy exerting their bodies to sweating point over those triffid-like metal monsters? Gym bunnies clearly thrive on honing their biceps until each arm resembles an anaconda digesting a koala. My...

Bubbling over in Southern Champagne

There are days, I reflect, watching Michel Jacob — a youthful Charles Aznevour look-alike — wrap an apron around his waist to cook a gourmet feast, when I quite enjoy my work. Having Michel and his vivacious wife Isabelle Mathieu blithely rustle up a fantastic meal...

The Peerless Dom Pérignon

History has taken its toll on the region of Champagne. WWI shrapnel pockmarks the walls of the few remaining chateaux and white crosses still speckle the hills, reminding us of the terrors of man. The French Kings were crowned in Reims before the French revolution in...

Nice, Cape Dutch Style – Jan Hendrik

South African Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s is tantalising international palates in a former motorcycle repair shop behind the Old Port of Nice in France. Juliet Cullinan unfolds her napkin… Restaurant JAN’S boudoir interiors lure the in-crowd with whimsical...

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Wine evangelist, devoted epicurean, Cordon Bleu chef, consultant, promoter of high quality wines, aesthete, scribe, editor, and founder of Monaco’s top lifestyle magazine, Art of Taste, Juliet Cullinan is also the founder and creator of the annual Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival.

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My pride in South African wines drove me to promote the supreme for over 25 years. My abiding love for unique wines and those who make them compels me to showcase the best South African vintages year after year.