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< Wednesday 25 June 2014 >

William Shatner Wants You to Brown-Bag Your Wine

Drinking wine wrapped in a brown paper bag is usually, er, frowned upon in mainstream American society.


France wants more say over internet rules to protect its wine sales

It’s no secret that many countries want greater control over the internet than they have under the current, US-centric model.


CEO Hein Koegelenberg – Wine Personality of the Year

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At the AGM of the Institute of Cape Wine Masters held on 12 May 2014, Hein Koegelenberg, CEO of La Motte, was given the prestigious Personality of the Year Award for his instrumental efforts in helping the Cape Wine Academy continue its education programmes after private investors withdrew their support.


French winemakers lead the field as Decanter World Wine Awards 2014 winners revealed

French winemakers have reasserted their authority on the wine world by scooping some of the most coveted trophies at the annual Decanter World Wine Awards ceremony, with South Africa, Canada, the US and British supermarket chains also scoring notable successes.


Bastille Festival Programme – La Motte

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Every year, La Motte participates in the Bastille Festival with a programme celebrating our Huguenot heritage and passion for food, wine and classical music.


Gold for Durbanville Hills’ Cool-Climate Pinotage

The 2012 Rhinofields Pinotage of Durbanville Hills has received gold at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards, the world’s largest and most prestigious wine competition.


Fight the winter chill with these sweet delights

Is there any better way to warm up on a cold winter’s night than with a glass of Port?


Lomond wines glitter in gold at the Decanter World Wine Awards

International attention has again fallen on the southern tip of Africa as a result of Lomond wine estate’s gilded achievements at the esteemed Decanter World Wine Awards. Lomond, one of a few produc


Peter-Allan Finlayson’s new venture

Crystallum Wines is a small family-run estate in the Walker Bay area of South Africa. Though the estate is a relatively new venture, the Finlaysons have been producing fine wine in South Africa for th


Hartenberg wins International Trophy at Decanter World Wine Awards

Hartenberg Wine Estate has continued its winning streak having been awarded The International Trophy for Best Bordeaux Varietals (under £15) entered at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA). A G


Winery of the Week: Steenberg Vineyards

Steenberg Vineyards holds the distinction of being the oldest farm in the picturesque Constantia Valley, which is generally considered to be South Africa’s premier wine growing region. With its cool


RECM best value red blends

Spare a thought for RECM best value taster Tom Magara. This morning he tasted 59 Cabernets for Classic Wine magazine. This afternoon he tasted 70 red blends making a total of 129 wines today. A tough


The complexities of rating or judging wine

Rating and scoring wine is a most bizarre procedure. Or so it seems to me increasingly, the more I drink the stuff (and I confess I do drink it more). Of course, judging wine is inevitable, and good a


Seventy RECM best value red blend candidates

Tasting kicks off in an hour and here are the 70 red blends in serried columns before being put into their canvas bags to hide their labels. Blind tasting is the only fair way of assessing wines and f


Earthbound se Decanter-toekennings bewys organiese wyne kan op globale verhoog presteer

Earthbound, die pionierende handelsmerk in die wynportefeulje van Cape Legends, het gedoen wat min geglo het moontlik is. Op die aankondiging van vanjaar se gesaghebbende Decanter Wine Awards in Londe


Chamonix Troika Reserve 2012 – 25.06.14

Things are good at Chamonix. There is a lively team in place, in the vineyards and the Cellar award winning winemaker, Gottfried Mocke. And in marketing Jeremy Karson, who has been on the estate for s


Groot Constantia Constantia Rood 2011 – 25.06.14

One of the comforts of living in the Constantia Valley is that you are never far from a vineyard. I often wonder how many Capetonians, as a matter of course, visit the wineries and take their overseas


90 year celebration at Alto, Stellenbosch


Kleine Zalze Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

“We try for seed ripeness at the lowest possible sugars,” says Kleine Zalze cellarmaster Johan Joubert during a workshop featuring the 2005 to 2010 vintages of both his Family Reserve Cabernet Sau


Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2013

The Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc from Kleine Zalze has always been a wine where cellarmaster Johan Joubert lets it all hang out and the 2013 vintage (R73 a bottle) is no exception. From Stellenbosc


Beef Fillet in a Foil Parcel

I cooked this on Expresso Breakfast TV some time back and have always wanted the opportunity to use it on my website. Takes a little trouble, but well worth the effort You’ll need 4 medium potatoes,


Has Glenmorangie gone daft?

For that matter, are all spirit marketers off their rockers? Brandy boosters take aged spirit and add ginger ale and call it an urban cocktail. I call it an abomination and Scotch marketers are follow


Chicken, Chinese style with Brussels Sprouts &Peanuts

Another of my Expresso Breakfast TV dishes, which I really enjoyed. You’ll need 1 Tbs cornflour 4 Tbs light soy sauce 1 tsp roasted sesame oil 500g chicken breast fillets cut into slices 3 Tbs Shaox


Hartenberg wins International Trophy at Decanter World Wine Awards

Hartenberg Wine Estate has continued its winning streak having been awarded The International Trophy for Best Bordeaux Varietals (under £15) entered at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA)