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Gadget tests your drink for date rape drugs

A new electronic device and mobile app called pd.id (Personal Drink ID), aims to help prevent sexual assaults that occur after a victim has been unknowingly drugged.


WOSA to be awarded at 6th World Bulk Wine Exhibition

Organizers of the World Bulk Wine Exhibition (WBWE) have announced the VOICE OF WINE prize to be awarded to Wines of South Africa (WOSA) at the 6th edition of the Exhibition being held on November 24-25 at Amsterdam RAI, for the efforts made to promote South African wine abroad, as well as the improvements of their image particular with the bag-in-box packaging, reports Subhash Arora


Here's How To Get A Sommelier To Offer You Wines That Aren't On The Menu

I’m going to assume that you’re comfortable talking to a sommelier, which is both admirable and a tad abnormal.
Most people who ask me questions about wine are terrified of talking to the somm for fear of broaching the “wrong” questions, revealing their inferior tastes, or, in general, sounding like a buffoon.


SA winemakers wine and dine the US market

A heavyweight block of South African winemakers and owners have returned from the USA after a two week tour taking aim at key markets Chicago, Boston, New York and Washington DC and targeting influential US wine industry figures.

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Kiefer And I Drank Hard During 24

Kiefer Sutherland didn’t just drink while filming — “24” co-star Giles Matthey says … he drank BIG … which is interesting in the wake of Freddie Prinze, Jr.’s recent rant.


Matthew Mole performs at historic Cape Church for Black Bottle

The Central Methodist Mission (CMM) on Cape Town’s Greenmarket Square recently provided a superb setting for an unforgettable performance by local singer/songwriter, Matthew Mole.

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Wine cup used by Pericles found in grave north of Athens

A cup believed to have been used by Classical Greek statesman Pericles has been found in a pauper’s grave in north Athens, according to local reports Wednesday.


The Dinner Party Wine Calculator

We love hosting dinner parties, but it can often be confusing trying to determine how many bottles of wine you need to buy or have your guests bring.


How Mixing Energy Drinks With Alcohol Can Lead To Even More Drinking

A new research in Australia revealed that mixing caffeinated energy drinks with alcohol can actually increase the drinker’s tendency to drink more.


Wine by the glass on the rise down under

Wine by the glass is increasingly making an appearance on wine lists, made clear this week at Australia’s Wine List of the Year awards.


Entries open for Diners Club 2014 Winelist Awards

Entries for the Diners Club 2014 Winelist Awards have officially opened and licensed restaurants throughout South Africa have until Friday 29 August to participate.


Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

This year I’ve decided to put my internationally recognised Level 4 Diploma from the UK’s Wine & Spirit Trust to good use. Among other things, I’m tasting for the annual Platter’s South Af


SA Vinegar exports boom

There is good news and there is bad news. The good tidings are that SA vinegar exports are up from just over 1 million litres to almost 5 million in the year to June. Which is no reflection on high VA


Haut Cabrière – The Mindset Changer

How many times have you heard someone say, "Oh no, I cant drink red wine, it gives me headaches," or "white wine makes me drunk," or "it gives me heartburn," or "I don't like white wine" etc


Brenaissance – a suitable occassion

The first time I went to Brenaissance (75/2 Devon Valley Rd, Stellenbosch) was October 2013, to taste the wine and get a quick bite to eat. We were so surprised at how busy it was and could not und


The La Motte Millennium beats Ugg boots any day

Last weekend it rained so much that my car couldn’t make it over the dodgy farm roads near our house. For me this was an immediate reason to celebrate: stuck inside with a roaring fire and a sta


Longridge Pinotage 2012

No decent Pinotage for ages and then two come along at once. Still reflecting on how good the Radford Dale Frankenstein 2013 is, I had chance to open the Longridge 2012 (R110 a bottle) and was again d


Klein Constantia launches first Pinot Noir

Klein Constantia is proud to announce the launch of its first Pinot Noir since 2006. Previously made from grapes grown on the historic farm in Constantia, the new wine comes from two of the Cape’s b


Off the rails in Bot River

I’m going to let you in on a secret. The Bot River wine route is really, really fun. And beautiful. Interesting too. Did I mention they make great wine? Sandwiched in between two more well-known win


Press Release: 2011 Pierneef Shiraz Viognier released

La Motte has just released the 2011 vintage of its award-winning Pierneef Shiraz Viognier blend. Popular for its Côte-Rôtie-style elegance, complexity and exceptional maturation potential, the


Enige seisoen is nommerpas vir Durbanville Hills se Merlot Rosé

Soos baie van jou gunstelinge - hetsy mense, kos of aktiwiteite - is die pas bekend gestelde oesjaar van Durbanville Hills se Merlot Rosé nommerpas vir enige geleentheid, seisoen of gemoedstoestand.


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Everson’s Apple Cider

I am not sure whether we ever grew the traditionally West Country cider apples in South Africa, though I would be surprised if we did. The traditional cider apples had names like Hangdown, Greasy, Tre


Simonsig Estate Opens its Vault of Wine Treasures for Vintage Wine Day

Wine-lovers will be given a rare chance to taste and buy older vintages of wines made on the Simonsig Estate, one of Stellenbosch’s best-known and lauded wine farms. The second Simonsig Vintage Wine


La Chouffe Blonde

Deep in the heart of the Ardennes, in Wallonia Belgium, you will find the Brasserie d’Achouffe. This is the legendary home of Les Chouffes, or gnomes. Goblins and Elves are also known to live in the


Nabygelegen Snow Mountain The Mistress 2013 – 30.07.14

At a recent Burgundy Lovers event, for lovers of the Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grape rather than Burgundy wines, at The Vineyard Hotel, James McKenzie of Nabygelegen was manning a popular s


Welmoed Heritage Chenin Blanc 2014 – 30.07.14

One of my enduring memories of Welmoed wines is a Chenin Blanc I tasted some years ago, and it was such a flavour bomb, I have never forgotten it. Welmoed is one of the original old wine farms on the


Morgenster Black Kalamata Olives

I am not deserting my all time favourite Morgenster Nocellara del Belice olive, perhaps just sharing my favouritism a bit with the Kalamata, a Greek variety, is perhaps the best known of all table oli


Rietvallei Classic Red Muscadel 2013 – 30.07.14

I remember some years ago driving past Rietvallei in the middle of winter and stopping off to buy a couple of bottles of their wines, one of which was this wine, and we bought more than just a single


Roasted Fennel & Pork Burgers – Lizet Hartley

I have a thing for sweet with meat – it’s a particularly South African thing. Take sweet potatoes. They aren’t sweet enough the way nature made them. Oh no, we have to add truckloads of butter a