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Don`t Chew Gum, and Other Basic Wine Tasting Rules

There are all kinds great places around Los Angeles to visit to taste wine.


31 Things Women Do ONLY When Drinking Wine With Other Women

Sometimes, the third bottle drains all discretion. Here are 31 things women do only when drinking wine with other women:

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Join the festivities with a Lookout Semi-Sweet Caipirinha

The 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off last night in Sao Paulo, Brazil and many a Caipirinha would have been mixed to celebrate the big event!


CREATION – from awards to conservation; art to tourism

On the outskirts of Hermanus in the highly acclaimed Walker Bay Wine Region, the rustic Hemel-en-Aarde Road winds its way along the undulating slopes and valleys of Babylon Toren Mountain.


Mini Port Festival at Muratie

Join South Africa’s Top 10 Port Producers at Muratie for a Mini Port Festival on Sunday, 27 July 2014.


Let loose at 5th Cellar2Cellar Trail Run and Wine Experience

Saturday, 6 September 2014, Stellenbosch


Franschhoek Spotlight on Vrede en Lust

Vrede en Lust, derived from the Dutch “Peace and Eagerness” is a modern wine farm, built on a 320 year old foundation. Its vision is to become one of South Africa’s most loved wineries by delive


The Secret Masquerade in Support of Project Rhino: The Re-Cap

We’re pleased to announce that our first-ever The Secret Masquerade this past Saturday, 21 June in support of Project Rhino KZN was a huge success raising over R13,000 for this amazing c

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Jonk, jonger, jongwynskou!

Suid-Afrikaanse wynmakers wat graag hul stempel wil afdruk op die Suid-Afrikaanse wynbedryf kan naderstaan met die beste wat die 2014-wynoes bied. Inskrywings vir die Suid Afrikaanse Jongwynskou, die


2013: the year of the chard

1976 was the Year of the Cat with Al Stewart releasing a catchy tune of the same name. How many fair damsels have been wooed to this soundtrack, I wonder? Cultivars are like cats and they too have the


Mines & Wines

Being blessed with a face for radio, I'm being interviewed on Classic FM this evening on the subject of Mines and Wines, an article I penned for Classic Wine magazine this month. Not being sure of the


Soetkoekies for the holidays

The winter holiday starts today and we thought to share a recipe for traditional Soetkoekies (sweet biscuits). A delightful treat for the family and easy enough for children to try when they need ente


Reds with time

Since last writing about my experience of 2008s, I’ve found some genuine reds from that vintage (remember that Waterford was actually a 2004 which, on the handwritten label, was intended for the CWG


It's a family affair

Thursday at Kleine Zalze in Stellenbosch, blind tasting 70 wines for the Spar supermarket chain. This was a Spar Fundi tasting with a difference - retailers from each of Spar's geographical regions pa


Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2010

“It’s almost obnoxiously rich,” said Tinus van Niekerk, wine consultant and originator of TOPS at SPAR’s Olive Brook range, of the Boekenhoutskloof Semillon 2010 drunk over dinner last night a


Let’s give it up for style and subtance! It’s the One Man Band 2009!

We all know that old adage, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” Pffft, in the world of wine, it’s all too easy to be seduced by a sexy label . Iona’s One Man Band 2009 has


Unique Syrah from the coldest vineyards in Africa

At 1,500 metres above sea level, the Kanolfontein farm in the Sutherland-Karoo is probably the highest and coldest wine-growing area in Africa. The farm is 350 kilometres inland and is blessed with d


Landskroon Shiraz 2012 – 27.06.14

When you stand on the front lawns of Landskroon Wine Estate on the southwest facing slopes of the Paarl Mountain, you have one of the most stunning views of the winelands. Across to the left is the ma


New roadmap for SA Wine underway

The South African wine industry is in the process of developing a new strategic framework aiming to improve competitiveness and coherence through, inter alia, more focused communication and an industr


Rare and memorable tastings

Steenberg Vineyards broke tradition this year to launch the Magna Carta 2011, the latest vintage of its iconic wine.


David Frost’s Career Is Often Overlooked, Including His Status As Golf’s Original Winemaker – Golf


140626 Main Ingredient’s MENU – Under Milkwood – Milkwood Bay luxury Guest house – Olive Tree Country House – Celebrations at Alto – Brandy and Tapas pairing at the Mount Nelson – KWV Mentors wines at the Test Kitchen


Coffee perfection – it could take a while

Briton Dom Dwight travelled the world for a year in a bid to master the art of perfect coffee.


Vulnerable Children The Real Winners At This Years’ Event

Celebrities To Putt For Charity At Pearl Valley Celebrity Charity Golf Day For a second year running, the who’s who of media, entertainment, sport and commerce will converge on the Western Cape’s


The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2014

The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships 2014 saw around 140 steakhouses competing to win the crown and become South Africa’s Steakhouse Champion for 2014. The public battled it out by voting, on steak


Carrot & Beetroot Fritters – Lizet Hartley

Lizet Hartley is one of my favourite food writers.  She does it in such an understated and thoroughly professional way.  Her website Melkkos en Merlot is designed by her, she is a designer by trade.