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The Top 12 Shiraz in South Africa

The Shiraz SA Association has announced the country’s Top 12 Shiraz at an award ceremony, held at The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town on Friday, 20 June.


Parents give kids booze for finishing exams

Almost one in four parents (23%) will reward their children with alcohol to celebrate finishing their exams, a new Drinkaware survey has shown.


Gout not the wine drinker`s curse

I have a sore hand. Gout. Which makes writing painful, but not impossible.


Franschhoek Bastille Festival turns 21!

Viva la France, viva la Franschhoek! This year marks a major milestone as the Franschhoek Bastille Festival turns 21! Join us at the festival on 12 and 13 of July.

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Wines to pair with soup

Unlikely companions? Not at all! Today we look at some great wine and soup pairings and debunk the myth that soup and wine are unhappy table companions.


Peter-Allan Finlayson has been appointed as winemaker at Gabriëlskloof

Gabriëlskloof Wine Estate, Bot River, is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter-Allan Finlayson as its new winemaker from 1st July 2014.

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Chef Gerald van der Walt to join the Tasting Room team

Like every other Executive Chef at the top of their game—Margot Janse has decided to appoint a Head Chef for The Tasting Room; Gerald van der Walt (formerly of The Greenhouse in Cape Town). This creative collaboration is set to take the much-awarded fine dining restaurant to new heights.


Touring South Africa…one sip at a time

An 11-hour overnight flight from Heathrow finds you blinking into the sunrise of another clear blue Cape Town morning.

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Win a Sir Juice Fridge for a month, fully stocked!

If you’re living in Cape Town, Johannesburg or Durban,  Sire Juice is holding two competitions for you! The first competition will only be open for this week so be sure to e


Should SA wine writers go on strike?

Few would doubt that platinum miners have a point: shot dead for dancing in public by the fuzz, paid a pittance to toil in the hot and humid bowels of the earth while their bosses big-note themselves


Sijnn White 2012

Picture the Breede River Valley. I bet you’re thinking of Robertson, home to racehorses, red cannas, real-value wines, and the popular kykNET Wacky Wine Weekend, which attracted 16,701 visitors earl


Whale Blitzkrieg in Swellendam

The Whale Cottage bad behaviour story just runs and runs like a ladder in a pair of fishnet tights. The notorious blogger descended on sleepy Swellendam yesterday and attempted to corner the paté m


Jancis Robinson increasingly excited about the new wave of SA winemakers…

International wine personality Jancis Robinson speaks of how she is getting increasingly excited about the progress that South African winemakers are making in the world of wine. In her recent article


Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache 2013

Want further proof that Grenache is shaping is the next big thing when it comes to reds? Consider that The Winemaster’s Reserve Grenache made by Nederburg for Woolworths has gone from R59 a bottle f


Brilliant Bordeaux recovery

When the Cape winemaker read of the cork problems on his 2010 white Bordeaux blend last week, he sprang into action and fired off an apology and a solution to restaurant manager Ruan Nieuwoudt at 54 o


The wines we drink: Mount Abora Koggelbos 2011

The Swartland is the hottest of the South African wine regions where the focus is on still, unfortified wines. Often in the past the hot climate meant confected, overripe red wines, a style that I hat


Boplaas Cape Vintage Port 2004

Whereas Vintage Port from the Douro is made only in the very finest years – known as “declared vintages” – local producers making Port-style wines release both a “Vintage


Mount Sutherland Syrah 2011

I chaired the panel that judged Shiraz at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show this year and when I later discovered that the Mount Sutherland Syrah 2012 was not only best in class but best red wine overal


Steenberg Magna Carta 2011 – 23.06.14

When you hold this bottle in your hand, with its elegant packaging, beautiful box, you know you are holding class. This flagship white from Steenberg Vineyards, is a Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon ble