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David Biggs

“I believe wine improves with age. The older I get the more I enjoy it.”David Biggs is a Wine-of-the-Month Club founding member.

David Biggs Wine of the Month Club wine judge

“I believe wine improves with age. The older I get the more I enjoy it.”

To many Capetonians, and indeed South Africans in general, David Biggs is probably the most identifiable of all the judges to sit on the Wine-of-the-Month Club panel, of which he is a founding member. Dave is the well-read and well-loved columnist of the Cape Argus newspaper. His column “Tavern of the Seas”  has been a regular read for the past 30 years. His no-nonsense approach, gentle humour, and perceptive insight into human nature have earned him an endearing spot in readers’ hearts. 

David has over 30 years of wine judging experience. His journey into wine began with a one-week course with Gilbeys (before the Cape Wine Academy was formed).

Since then he has been a judge on every Veritas and Terroir wine awards competition. He has also judged for the Muscadal Awards—something that Dave, with his love of sweet wines, lists as among his most memorable wine experiences.

Outside of wine David loves his Vespa. In many of his articles he has documented his adventures on the Italian stallion across South Africa and Europe. He also has a passion for sailing, woodworking, painting, cooking—and cats.  

David has published several books on wine, including books on cocktails, brandy, fortified wines and his roots in the Karoo. To find out more about him, go to www.davidbiggsonline.com

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