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Cardboard Bottles: Wine`s Classy, Eco-Friendly Alternative

Apart from the introduction of twist-off caps, glass wine bottles have remained impervious to innovation for centuries—mainly because there’s nothing wrong with them.


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The True Bar Behind True Detective

Bayou Gauche is a small fishing village at the end of America—a place that seems to telegraph a sort of primordial southernness.


This Substance Lets You Drink a Whole Keg Without Getting Drunk

Jim Koch is one of the big guys behind Sam Adams beer, and he’s letting us in on a little secret that could revolutionize drinking. Koch claims there’s a way to drink more and not get drunk — by eating yeast.


Mother’s Day at De Grendel Restaurant

Celebrate your mother this year with Chef Ian Bergh’s  special menu, it will be sure  to make her feel like a queen.


Seven five stars on the trot! How do Fleur du Cap do it?

The team at Fleur du Cap, our Winery of the Week, have the distinction of receiving five stars – the maximum Platter’s rating – for their Bergkelder Selection Noble Late Harvest not once, twice or even three times, but seven times in a row. A remarkable and unique achievement, and one which begs the question: how do they do it?


Is everything we know about wine wrong?

Every year, judges give out medals to the world’s best wines. But an undercover investigator is questioning their taste buds and asking if ‘connoisseurs’ even exist.


Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 – The Perfect Winter Warmer

The Lanzerac Cabernet Sauvignon 2011, a Gold medal winner at the 2013 Veritas Awards, will be the envy of your friends when serving this superb wine at your next dinner party.


The best photographs from Main Ingredient’s first 12 years

Lynne's great-uncle, Louis Jarché, published a book of portraits he had made entitled "People I Have Shot". This is a selection of birds, animals, places and landscapes that I have shot since 2002 in


RECM Rosé Results

Attie Louw's journey from deepest Breedekloof to Cape Town yesterday to deliver wines for today's RECM blind tasting was rewarded when his two Opstal wines were ranked in the top six. The tasting was


Van Ryn’s Crosses The Atlantic In A Blaze Of Gold

After consistently winning critical acclaim in the UK and Europe, the Van Ryn’s Collection Reserve luxury range is now also turning heads and palates in the US, where it has just made its first


The Foundry Grenache Blanc 2013

The Grenache Blanc 2012 as made by Chris Williams under The Foundry label carried all before it (including a rating of 5 Stars in the current edition of Platter’s) so what of the follow-up 2013? It


What You Might Not Know About Red Bordeaux Wine

Wine has been grown in the Bordeaux region of France for thousands of years, since the introduction of vines by the Roman Empire. The modern cultivars and styles of wine produced in Bordeaux today ar


Allesverloren Brings Fresh Pizazz To Its Stable

Allesverloren, the oldest Swartland wine estate, and renowned for its superlative red and port-style wines, has announced the release of three newcomers made from its vineyards in the Riebeek Valley.


Allesverloren A Must-Visit Destination During Riebeek Valley Olive Festival

Visitors to the Allesverloren wine estate during this year’s Riebeek Valley Olive Festival can look forward to a range of live and outdoor entertainment and gastronomic delights. On May 3 and 4 you


2nd Hermanus Chef’s Showcase

They are at it again... Last year's Hermanus Chefs Showcase was a sold out event with a waitlist that could have filled another sitting.The five local chefs have got together again and are plann


South Africa Dakar Rally Hero Brett Cummings Leads Namaqua African Rally

NAMAQUA AFRICAN RALLY: 25 April to 3 May 2014 (Vredendal ? Cape West Coast, South Africa) The first three days of the Namaqua African Rally, a multi-stage navigational event for motorcycle and quad co


Elsenburg: Probably the best brandy you’ll (n)ever taste.

Not many people may be familiar with the Elsenburg College of Agriculture. But there are now 13 very solid reasons why any avid potstill brandy fan really should be! The Elsenburg 13 year old potstill


Waterkloof Estate’s Noble Healey’s Cheddar Makes Waves In The States

South African cheese voted second best in the world  Waterkloof Estate’s noble Healey’s Slow Matured Cheddar, which is made by hand in limited quantities, excelled at the 2014 World Champion Chee


Food Routes Fired Up With Tasty Winter Travels

Sizzling sensory encounters add extra comfort during winter  Avid foodie travellers can now turn their winter hibernation into a culinary exploration at the click of a button as Food Routes – an on


Lomond Sugarbush Sauvignon Blanc Wins Gold At Concours Mondial

Lomond wine estate has added more gold to its collection of medals by returning to the podium at the esteemed Concours Mondial du Sauvignon in France, this time for its Lomond Sugarbush Sauvignon Blan


Van Ryn’s se brandewyne skitter in die VSA

Die Van Ryn’s Collection Reserve, ’n reeks luukse-brandewyne, het kritici in die VK en Europa reeds gaande, maar maak nou ook groot indruk in die VSA waar dit pas vir die eerste keer aan ’n komp


Franschhoek Winter Wines 21 June 2014

Winter is here! Each of the Franschhoek Vignerons will be showcasing their top red at this year’s Franschhoek Winter Wines on Saturday, 21 June at the Franschhoek Motor Museum, L’Ormarins Estate(1



After a successful inaugural festival in 2013 the Hops Harvest Festival, in association with 4Leaf Agency, will be making a return to the Wild Clover Farm ...The post 2ND ANNUAL HOPS HARVEST FESTIVAL


Barrel Donation Empowers CWG Protégés To Make Their Own Wines

Cape Cooperage, the Paarl based company which has empowered candidates participating in the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme to craft their own wines through the donation of French oak barrel


Beer and cheese – the perfect match

It’s official. Beer goes better with cheese than wine does. I never doubted it of course, but after two sessions of Grape vs Grain at ...The post Beer and cheese – the perfect match appear


South African Olive Oil Among The World’s Best

Oakhurst Olives, a boutique olive farm in the Tulbagh Valley (South Africa), has officially joined the ranks of the world’s finest winning Best in Class and Gold awards for their Delicate Extra Virg


Vergelegen GVB White 2012 – 30.04.14

Vergelegen is not only steeped in the history of the Cape, from the time of the second Governor Simon van der Stel, it is surely one of the most beautiful. The homestead sitting there so confidently m


Cheesery Worker to Partake in French Exchange Program

We are proud to announce that Cheesery Worker Thandisile Ndabambi will be participating in this year’s Western Cape Burgundy Cheese Exchange Program. Developed in collaboration with the Centre de Fo


Oldenburg Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – 30.04.14

Whenever I drop down into the Banghoek Valley from the top of Helshoogte Pass I think of the reasons for which they were named. Apparently when the early travellers road over the pass, they were fearf