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< Thursday 15 August 2013 >

Designer grapes that taste like cotton candy

The latest craze to come out of California is cotton candy-flavored grapes, which sounds both yummy and confusing. Don’t say “yuck” until you’ve tried one.


3 Winning Wine Cocktails

The next time you want to enjoy your favourite varietal, consider reaching for a cocktail menu instead of the wine list.


The Anti-Date-Rape Cup That Detects Roofies

DrinkSavvy has developed a line of date-rape drug detecting products which will be available in September to early backers, rape crisis centers, and to the general public within the first half of 2014.


Danie de Wet Wines Fit For a Zulu King

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The Bayede icon wine range produced for the Bayede enterprise under the custodianship of the head of the Zulu kingdom, King Goodwill Zwelithini, can play a major role in opening new markets for premium South African wines.


Why Was Absinthe Banned For 100 Years?

Absinthe is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and, until recently, was completely banned in the U.S. and most of Europe.


Lebanese Cooking Classes at Haskell Vineyards

Haskell is shaking things up for a few weeks by offering cooking classes with Ghenwa who runs Lebanese Cooking Classes, as well as offer cheese platters in the tasting room for you to enjoy with a bottle of wine or with a wine tasting. These offers are valid for only three weeks from the 27th of August to the 16th of September.

Chef Ghenwa is a first generation Lebanese who has extensive knowledge of Lebanese, Levantine and Mediterranean cuisines and is known for her organic and health oriented approach to cooking. Her love and dedication to this art is overwhelming and her enthusiasm is nothing short of contagious. Add to this her detailed knowledge of a vast array of exotic spices and their health benefits and you will be treated to an unforgettable experience of learning how to prepare an exquisite 5 course menu that will include 3 starters, a main dish and a dessert, all prepared to match the fabulous selection of Dombeya & Haskell wines.

The workshops start at 9 a.m. and last app. 3 hours and every participant will receive detailed written recipes for every dish presented.

As careful attention is given to using fresh produce, a detailed menu will be posted on facebook one week prior to each workshop.

The price is R495 per person per workshop and this includes, in addition to the above described, the 5 course lunch (served after the workshop), tasting of the Dombeya & Haskell wines, some surprises “complements of the Chef” and a complementary bottle of Dombeya wine for take away (discount of 10% is given to people booking all 3 workshops).

For reservations please contact Christine on christine@haskellvineyards.co.za or 021 881 3895.
For more detailed information related to “Ghenwa’s Lebanese Cooking Club” and/or the workshop format you may contact Ghenwa directly on 072 952 3348 or ghenwa@ege.co.za or follow Ghenwa’s Lebanese Cooking Club on Facebook.


2010 Pierneef Shiraz Viognier Released

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The traditional home of the Shiraz (or Syrah as it is known in France) and Viognier blend is in the northern region of the Rhône Valley, called Côte-Rôtie.


Tight-lipped Thys @ Taj

Shared a bottle of Vondeling Sauvignon Blanc 2012 with Thys Louw (below) last night at the Taj Hotel. Thys is one of six Naughty Boys of SA Wine and his Pinotage 2012 is a shoo-in for our Super Six Se


Pinotage: Naughty Boy of SA Wine

If some wines are masculine and others feminine then Pinotage is the naughty boy of SA wine. Love it or hate it but don’t ignore it, Pinotage is the taste of South Africa, the Trompie of Terroir wit