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Creation Shines at TAJ Classic Wine Trophy Awards

The Creation Wines team is pleased to announce that they have received two trophies at the prestigious Taj Classic Wine Trophy awards function, held at the Taj Hotel in Cape Town on 7 March 2014.

 

On the Grapevine — Fine Wines From Around the World

From rich reds to zesty whites, a good wine depends on many factors, including its grape varietal, the growing conditions the year it was produced and the region where its vineyards are situated. Wine

 

How to make the perfect tiramisu

Is tiramisu a tired old cliche of Italian cooking, or a classic that just needs some love? And, if you do love it, how do you make it – the traditional way, or with Baileys, beer or even strawberrie

 

Zakkoku Kobo Microbrewery (Ogawa, Saitama)

A family brewery Ogawa, Saitama (Japan) This is probably the smallest beer brewery in Japan and it was founded by a man, Baba-san (pictured above left), who has been very inventive and audacious in th

 

Gauthier Soho has ranted against ‘food blaggers’ – so can we really trust online reviews?

As far as the management at Gauthier Soho is concerned, if you eat in their restaurant, you pay the bill. That will sound totally reasonable to the vast majority of the restaurant-going public, but f

 

Four-fold increase in Spirit licensee applications

Just a week after Spirit Pub Company was named in the Sunday Times’ Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For, the newest leased and tenanted pub company in the sector, Spirit Leased Pubs, has recorde

 
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A good inexpensive Portuguese red

I was impressed by this affordable Portuguese red. yes, it has seductive ripe fruit, as you’d expect. But it has more than this: a lovely floral, meaty perfume and nice freshness. It does what

 

2013 Bobar Yarra Valley Chardonnay

“Inquisitive Man has so extended the range and depth of human knowledge that it is impossible for a single mind to comprehend its entirety; that being so, it would seem essential that some shoul

 

Kiwis triumph

While the wine world is used to the Kiwis winning white wine categories, the 34th Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC) proved that New Zealand winemakers were equally adept with their red va

 

2012 Mayer Dr Mayer Remstal Riesling Kabinett Riesling

The second time I’ve tasted Timo Mayer’s Rheingau Riesling. It’s going to receive a higher rating than the 2011 but whether it’s a better wine or just a matter of me warming

 

Paarl’s Ommiberg Festival

 

2011 Elefante La Senda Tempranillo

A blend of declassified fruit from Rioja. 95% Tempranillo and 5% Garnacha. Imported by Fourth Wave Wines. I struggled with it and will be interested to see how it is viewed by others. During my tastin

 

Esther’s legacy

The Esther Knewitz Memorial Scholarship, which every year provides the opportunity for a young Australian winemaker to be part of a winery exchange to Germany, is officially open. The idea behind the

 

Three things to do this Weekend

Tea, beer and music on the agenda this weekend.

 

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, A Must Try Wine

My love affair with this wine began about five years ago. A great friend of mine and our wives met at an eloquent restaurant for our birthday celebrations. We both knew very little about wine at the

 

Barambah First Grid Verdelho 2013

This is Verdelho not as you know it. A much maligned variety for various reasons, but this example could change that.Some pressings and solids have been used to give this a little kick, and damn, it h

 

The Co-op is working for ME

Anyone would think that the “cooperative food” buyers, planners and local shop-keepers have been working just to bring me some great wines and decent prices. My local co-operative food sho

 

2012 Elefante Garnacha

Less expensive and more impressive than the La Senda Tempranillo when tasted together, Imported by Fourth Wave Wines. Red fruited. Raspberries and cherries. Dried herbs, paprika, aniseed and a suggest

 

Salon Art Di’Vin : “Le vin est un art qui se déguste.”

Comme tous les ans, l'association œnologique étudiante de l'Inseec Bordeaux, V'inseec, organise son salon Art Di'Vin "N’avez vous jamais ressenti cette excitation gustative lorsqu’un vin vient

 

Ruth Myles: Joey and Meghan couldn’t catch a break (or a cab) on The Amazing Race All-Stars

Once again, a cab ride decided who stayed and who went on The Amazing Race. On this week’s episode, Brendon and Rachel’s cabbie took the long way to the airport in China, pushing them from first p

 

Winegrape crop forecast to fall from record (South Africa)

South Africa’s harvest of grapes for wine production may fall 4.7 per cent this year from a record harvest on 2013, a US government report showed. Farmers are likely to produce 1.42 million metric t

 

Cheval Blanc: Hot to Trot in the Year of the Horse

Cheval Blanc sales are off and running in the Year of the Horse, but what would be popular in other years? Claire Adamson offers some suggestions.

 

Which foods are the worst for the environment?

Although beef is always climatically costly, pork or chicken can be a better choice than broccoli, calorie for calorie.

 

Easy bottle storage

I don’t know when I’m going to have time to get back into my cellar to continue some long over-due organisation and tidying up, but at least my new supply of cellar tags has arrived. If you don’

 

‘Yeast Lightning!’ UK firm reveals big beer interest in testing kit

UK firm BACTEST says a major global brewer is trialing its ultra-fast testing kit for wild yeasts in beer, and insists Speedy Breedy will save money and remove the risk of brand damage.

 

SIBA presents gold awards at BeerX

SIBA commercial director, Nick Stafford, presents gold awards to Nik Milo, of Cotswold Spring Brewery, and Jonny Mills, of Bristol Beer Factory The Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) has announced

 

Did Europe Waste Billions On Vineyard Reform?

150,000 hectares of vines have been ripped out of the ground in Spain, but oversupply continues, reports Zara Tempest Coleman.

 

Senomyx rapped over knuckles by FDA over wording of GRAS press release on sweet taste modifier

Flavor expert Senomyx - which is collaborating with PepsiCo over sweet taste modifier Sweetmyx (S617) - has been rapped over the knuckles by the FDA for implying that the agency had approved (ie. sent

 

Kiwis head online to sip their fancy wine (NZ)

Online wine retailer Rewined predicts the online wine market in New Zealand will account for 15 per cent of total retail sales completed by 2018, based on the rise in the industry sector in the past t

 

Microbreweries could save British ale, says brewery boss

Microbreweries could be the saviours of the British ale industry, the boss of the multimillion pound brewery Adnams has suggested.