Get To Know David Biggs

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

David was born and raised in the Karoo, where his parents lived on a sheep farm. After trying several careers, including milk testing, cattle ranching and Basotho blanket designing, he settled on journalism and found a job as a reporter on the historic The Friend newspaper in Bloemfontein, where he worked for 10 years before being transferred to Cape Town to work on the Cape Argus.

It was in Cape Town  where he discovered the delights of wine and attended two wine courses at the Gilbeys Wine academy in Stellenbosch, before the establishment of the Cape Wine Academy.

He produced a weekly wine column for the Cape Argus for some 30 years before retiring in 1999. During that time David qualified as a Cape wine judge and served on various wine judging panels, including the Veritas Awards panel and the Wine-of-the-Month Club panel, since its inception in 1986.

David also serves on the annual Terroir Awards and Muscadel Association judging panels.

For the past 30 years or more David has written a daily column for the Cape Argus, under the heading of Tavern of the Seas, and contributes regularly to our very own Good Taste Magazine. His talents do not end there as David has also written several books on wine and cocktails, as well as a collection of short stories called Karoo Ramblings and a guide to Cape Town called This Is Cape Town, published by Struik. 

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.  

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