To help unearth some of the hidden (and some not so hidden) gems of the Stellenbosch / Franschhoek regions, Winetimes embarked on a fantastic tour of discovery as guests of the The Cape Winelands District Municipality .

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Exploring the heart of the Cape Winelands

To help unearth some of the hidden (and some not so hidden) gems of the Stellenbosch / Franschhoek regions, Winetimes embarked on a fantastic tour of discovery as guests of the The Cape Winelands District Municipality .

 

Sunflower Seed Macaroni – The Healthier Option

Trying your best to fit into last year’s bikini with no luck? Opt for the healthy alternative. Skip the cheese and try this tasty and healthy sunflower seed macaroni recipe. 

 
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Winemaker kills thief with poisoned wine

A Hungarian winemaker has been sent to prison for murder after he poisoned wine with antifreeze to stop a thief.

According to Agence France Presse, the producer from Vacszentlaszlo, 50km east of Budapest, had been plagued by a spate of thefts and was determined to teach the thief, or thieves, “a lesson”.

He therefore laced some bottles with antifreeze and left them where they were likely to be taken.

On 24 October, a 30-year old man – who has not so far been identified as an employee of the winery – stole several poisoned bottles and shared them with friends.

According to police in the Pest department, he was hospitalised a few days later showing signs of poisoning and was dead by 1 November – though the exact cause of his death has not been firmly established.

 

Top 10 Restaurants in the South Africa

It was a night unlike any other. Macarons grew on trees, bread was served with custom-carved butter sculptures and five hundred guests watched as South Africa’s brand new Top 10 restaurants were announced, along with the winners of a host of other awards.

 

Simonsig grabs a fistful of 90+ ratings in Wine Advocate’s SA Wine Report

Simonsig has triumphed in the USA with no less than five wines scoring 90 points or more in Wine Advocate’s 2013 report on South African Wines by accomplished wine commentator, Neal Martin.

 

SA Brandy returns to the Platter’s Best-Seller Guide

SOUTH AFRICAN BRANDY will return to its rightful place in the country’s favourite wine adviser when the 2014 edition of the Platter’s South African Wine Guide hits the shelves later this year.

 
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5 Sexy Sauvignons for Summer

One thing Sauvignon Blanc  does overwhelmingly well: It stands out in a crowd! You don’t have to be an expert to spot this crisp and zesty wine varietal in a blind tasting.

 

5ounces.co.za decks the halls with festive food and wine bonanza

Let 5ounces fill your stocking with stunning vintage wines and bubblies from sought after cellars and fine traditional gourmet fare for your Christmas table, all delivered directly to your door at markedly reduced prices.

 

The ProWein Song: Basically Eurovision for Wine (with lyrics)

Oh deary me. Via @thirstforwine today on twitter I came across this song that ProWein – a huge “international…trade fair for the wine and spirits business” – has commissi

 

Eat Out Awards Hijack SA Sommeliers

While few would doubt that Joakim Hansi Blackaddder (below, middle) is a) the sexiest b) has the coolest name c) nicest d) blondest e) best sommelier in the country was the judging panel of the Eat

 

Elegantly Elgin Wine Valley Open Day

For a couple of weeks now we were invited to taste the Elegantly Elgin Wines at a tweet-up event at Caroline’s Fine Wine Shop hosted by Karen Glanfield aka KGB Wine. We were very impressed with

 

Food|Wine|Design 2013 – the postmortem

Well the crim who tried to trouser R5000 cash at the close of FWD 2013 has been led away in tears and handcuffs by security, to the cheers of the runners, who said they would have been blamed for the

 

Platter Shocks!

So I was way off the mark with my guess at the colour of next year's Platter sighted wine guide. Last month I predicted but the reality was How could I have been so wrong? But what was truly shockin