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Robert Redford raves about South African Chenin blanc

Hollywood legend Robert Redford is a devout fan of South African Chenin blanc.


Packaging Spotlight: The Black Soul Choir Wine

The goal was to make a design that is classy, yet to make something that you cannot see everywhere.


Origin Wine unveils the Stormhoek Stack

Origin Wine has introduced the Stormhoek Stack, a brand new way to consume wine. Created to provide consumers with convenience without compromise, the Stormhoek Stack is a 750ml bottle separated into four ready-to-drink glasses of wine that are snapped apart upon opening.


World`s first wine and sound bar opens in Christchurch, New Zealand

The world’s first wine and sound bar opens in Christchurch


Quake rattles nerves and bottles in California Wine Country

3.2 magnitude earthquake rattled through California’s Wine Country early Tuesday, jolting residents awake and sending out a loud rumble close to the quake’s epicenter near Napa.


Win a Chocolate and Wine hamper from Dubanville Hills

Competition Closed. Congratulations to @Vino_Fairy and thanks to all who entered.

Love chocolates and wine? Then this is your chance to win a chocolate and wine hamper from Durnbanville Hills Wines!

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Finally, A Webapp That Pairs The Perfect Cheese With Your Wine

The fine folks at VinePair have helped us pair wine with takeoutchill our wine properly and figure out snobby wine terms. Now they’re back to help us pair our wine with the quintessential wine food: cheese.


Surviving the scourge of phylloxera for the greater good

The year was 1872. The scourge-prone Portuguese island of Madeira was hit by yet another disaster: Phylloxera, sucking the sap out of commercial grapevines and decimating the acreage to a thousand acres within less than ten years.

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A Platter bot is long overdue

The news that the majority of US corporate earnings reports carried by Associated Press are written by computer bots comes as good news to Reg Lascaris, owner of Chocolate Block/Boekenhoutskloof/Porcu


SA Shiraz from a consumer perspective

The Shiraz SA tasting in June was one of the largest varietal tastings on the calendar. No fewer than 159 wines were judged blind and the top-scoring 12 Shirazes were duly chosen and celebrated: Blac


Would You Like Some Cheese With That "Whine?"

Do you enjoy wine? Do you enjoy cheese? How about pairing the two together? For those that are interested, the Cape Wine Academy is launching a new course on 21 August 2014 at Miele in Johannesbu


Let's turn up the Dutch knob

The day after the 9/11 Twin Tower outrage, Le Monde headlined "we're all Americans now." When I saw Dutch PM Mark Rutte react with cold fury and measured outrage to the MH17 calamity, I felt a little


Shiraz Showcase and Dinner at The Vineyard

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The golden age of Cape wine

New-wave wines of South Africa Even though South Africa’s credit ratings are being downgraded, our wine credit is rising. Leading opinion-formers in the UK, our biggest market, and the US, a key


Krone Adds Demi-Sec To Its Range Of Benchmark Cap Classiques

Krone Night Nectar 2011 Synonymous with the production of benchmark Méthode Cap Classiques, Krone has launched the Krone Night Nectar 2011 Demi-sec Cap Classique. Located at Twee JongeGezellen Estate


Charles Joly From USA Serves Up A Week Of Magnificent Mixes To Be Named The World’s Best Bartender

CHARLES JOLY BEATS 47 PEERS TO BE CROWNED THE DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2014 After a week of fierce competition, incredible craftsmanship, unrivalled creativity and exception


Rietvallei scores high in its 150th year

Kobus Burger, proprietor and Cellarmaster at Rietvallei Estate, feels that Rietvallei’s achievements at the SA Novare Terroir Awards simply confirm that s temperate climate, deep limestone soils and


The New York Times raises a glass to Chablis

This month The New York Times has devoted its ‘dining and wine’ section to one of our favourite regions: Chablis. Here, in northern Burgundy, Chardonnay produces distinctive, mineral white


Roast Leg of Lamb – Le Creuset

Ingredients 1 leg of lamb 60ml olive oil 10 shallots, halved 1 head of garlic, broken into cloves 500g Mediterranean potatoes, halved 1 lemon, cut into wedges Rosemary Salt and pepper Instructions Pre


Beer Review: DPBC King’s Blockhouse IPA

Beer: King’s Blockhouse IPA Brewery: Devil’s Peak Brewing Company Origin: Cape Town, South Africa Alcohol: 6% a.b.v. Available: WC, GP, KZN This is indisputably the king ...The post Beer Review:


Delaire Graff Shiraz 2013 – 05.08.14

The cool weather conditions of the 2013 vintage meant for Delaire, crops of exceptional quality, smaller berries packed with colour and flavour. The grapes for the Delaire Graff Shiraz 2013 were handp


Overhex Wines Makes Changes For Sustained Growth

Overhex Wines International (OWI) has announced a number of senior appointments that will sustain the momentum of its business as it enters a new phase for growth. Most notably, OWI founder Gerhard va


South Africa’s Foremost Winemakers And Chefs De Cuisine Featured At The Prestigious Big Bottle Festival, At Taj Hotel Cape Town

The Big Bottle Festival is South Africa’s most prestigious annual wine tasting and gourmet food festival, and is one of only two events of its kind worldwide. Now in its fourth year, the event celeb


SAWI Wine Awards Results

The South African Wine Index (SAWi) acknowledged South African wine excellence at its recent event held at the luxurious Grootbos Private Nature Reserve near Gansbaai. Guests, producers and wine maker


Ostrich Moussaka Stack – Jackie Cameron

  Jackie stayed with her mother at the Brookdale Health Hydro last year and they gave her this recipe for a dish which she so enjoyed while staying there.  Click here for more info on Brookdale.


Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir 2011 – 05.08.14

The von Arnims of Haute Cabrière do a number of things really well.  But I think even they would agree that Pinot Noir is one of the things they do best.  The Haute Cabrière Pinot Noir 2011 is a p


Heritage Day Banquet At Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

24 September 2014 Celebrate Heritage Day in style this year as you make your way to Lanzerac Hotel & Spa on Wednesday, 24 September, for a lunch of gastronomic proportions. Steeped in rich herita


Palladius 2012 and Columella 2012

Having missed the Sadie Family Wines tasting towards the end of July as I did, I was eager to get my hands on the 2012 vintages of Palladius and Columella – these are wines that shape the debate and


A chance to sample venerable wines

Simonsig is opening up their cellars and inviting connoisseurs to come and browse, taste and, of course, buy.


Bucket List winner’s experience in Stellenbosch

Adventure-obsessed Londoner, Tim Loonen, the lucky winner of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes “Ultimate Bucket List” competition hosted at ITB in March this year, arrived in South Africa on 28 June fo