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Have a mellow weekend with our Merlot Milkshakes!

Before milkshakes became the stereotype drink served with hamburgers and a treat or reward for kids, it used to contain alcohol!

 

A walk through the world`s largest vine garden

A 22 hectare vineyard consisting out of 47 different varieties might sound like a small drop in a 2000 litre barrel, considering there are over 10,000 varieties of wine grapes existing in the world today,

 

Indulge in Delicious Little Things at the Cellar Restaurant at Haute Cabriere

One restaurant that you never refuse an invite from, is the Cellar Restaurant at Haute Cabriere in Franschhoek.

 

The Theuniskraal duck patrol

Theuniskraal, one of Tulbagh’s best-known wine farms and one of South Africa’s very first white-wine estates; has a history as interesting, and as old, as the village itself. 

 
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Featured Blog: The Illustrated Wine (Take 2!)

Hello, readers!  I am on vacation in sunny Mexico right now, so I wanted to take the opportunity to feature another cartoon from one of my favorite off-beat wine blogs, The Illustrated Wine.  The I

 

Westons plans international expansion

UK cider makers, Westons Cider, has announced plans to expand internationally by pushing into new export markets including Asia, South America, Africa and the Caribbean. Weston Cider’s export te

 

Canadian winery releases organic ‘uncooked’ kosher wine

Canada’s Summerhill Pyramid Winery has released its first kosher wine. And not just any ol’ kosher wine. One that hasn’t been heated or flash-pasteurized  – a process that, ma

 

Australian Vintage sees UK bulk wine sales fall but remains optimistic

Australian Vintage faced a challenging time in the UK and European markets as bulk wine sales fell, but it remained optimistic over branded sales and is looking to expand UK distribution. Total wine s

 
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Australia named theme country for Vancouver International Wine Fest 2015

Australian wine will be centre stage at next year’s Vancouver International Wine Festival (VIWF), with the festival organisers this week announcing Australia as the theme country for 2015, and Austr

 

2012 Oakridge Local Vineyard Series Oakridge Vineyard Merlot

No-one ever mentions Oakridge winemaker David Bicknell’s unrelenting enthusiasm for Merlot. Medium-bodied, vital and structured. Very much the sort of expression I think we should be pursuing in

 

Vatican leads world in wine consumption (Italy)

Residents of Italy's Vatican City consume more wine than any other country in the world. According to statistics released by California’s Wine Institute, residents drink 74 liters of wine per person

 

Potential to boost wine tourism (NZ)

New research into wine tourism highlights the opportunities for Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes and the need for greater collaboration to capitalise on the growing market, regional tourism bosses s

 

2011 Lamùri Nero d’Avola

Whenever I see Nero d'Avola on a wine list, I'm inclined to order a glass. Said glass of wine will generally be inexpensive and have a rustic character. Why do I order it? Mostly as a show of apprec

 

Wine exporters cheer the lifting of South Korean tariff

The recently negotiated free-trade agreement between Australia and South Korea is expected to spark an increase in Australian wine sales to a country that already has a taste for it. But Australian ex

 

Introducing izakaya: the new breed of casual Japanese restaurant

There’s a definite appeal of a place whose name translates as “the roof with alcohol”. The izakaya (i-zaka-ya) has hit London and this new breed of Japanese “restaurant” is fast gaining a fo

 

2012 Quartz Hill Pyrenees Syrah

I’ve enjoyed a past release of this wine and believe Quartz Hill are a producer to watch. But I struggled here. So much oak (50% new, 18 months). It clamps down on the flavours and flattens the

 

250th anniversary of Ruinart Rose

Did you know that Ruinart were the first champagne hous […]The post 250th anniversary of Ruinart Rose appeared first on The Wine Sleuth.

 

Technology embraced by winemakers (US)

For some people, wine and technology may appear to be mutually exclusive topics. Fewer people may appreciate technology within the framework of New Jersey winemaking, yet modern techniques have been e

 

La “lame” de Carmes Haut Brion

Le nouveau chai de Carmes Haut Brion (Pessac Léognan) by Phillippe Starck.

 

KWV rocks the Pendock Wine Gallery

The Pendock Wine Gallery @ Taj was overrun by Richard Rowe groupies last night as the KWV wine consultant presented six of his rockstars along with a witty exhibition of small paintings - pebbles real

 

2013 Topper’s Mountain Gewürztraminer

Strike another blow for Topper’s Mountain. The dynamic duo of Mark Kirkby and Mike Hayes have me itching to visit the New England region. Not just a Gewürztraminer to sniff and admire but a Ge