Have you ever wondered what the exact difference is between a Syrah and a Shiraz? Pour yourself a glass of your favorite syrah or shiraz and relax…they’re exactly the same grape varietal. (more…)

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Syrah vs Shiraz. What`s the difference?

Have you ever wondered what the exact difference is between a Syrah and a Shiraz? Pour yourself a glass of your favorite syrah or shiraz and relax…they’re exactly the same grape varietal.


How to chill a bottle of wine faster

Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we’re sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.

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Taste Lanzerac’s famous Pinotage at “We Love Wine” Festival this weekend

There are few things closer to the South African heart than quality biltong and dried wors, as well as a full-bodied glass of our home grown varietal, Pinotage.


RECM Best Value Merlots

The results are in and for the first time ever, the top scoring six Merlots and the RECM best value six pack have no wines in common. The best rated half dozen are Welbedacht Merlot Barrique Select 2


Ikeys regain the Vino Varsity trophy!

The skies were clear blue last Friday afternoon as the competing teams entered the arena for the 6th annual Vino Varsity Challenge. Tuks arrived early with time to spare for some on-site preparation.


Vergelegen DNA 2010 – 20.08.14

First of all, I love the label. DNA and fingerprints are so much part of a person; no one has the same as yours. The grapes for the Vergelegen DNA 2010 come from the Kopland and Rooiland Vineyards whi


Moody Blues for SA wine competitions

Yesterday's downgrade of the credit ratings of Standard Bank, FirstRand, Nedbank and Absa by Moody's (with further cuts threatened) is worse than a corked bottle to SA wine impresarios as the Big Fou


Lanzerac Alma Mater Chenin Blanc And Lanzerac Alma Mater Shiraz

When you’re next stocking up on your favourite wine you will notice that the Lanzerac Alma Mater range has undergone a slight change. Presented in the iconic teardrop bottle the Alma Mater Red and A


The Other Bordeaux-style Blend

With over 120 000 hectares under vine across the Gironde department, the area centred around the city of Bordeaux is the largest producer of wine in France. The finest wines from this region are wor


A Gift Of Superior Craftsmanship With Fleur Du Cap Laszlo Duo

Celebrate the finer things in life with Fleur du Cap’s signature Laszlo 2006 now available in an ultra-elegant twin pack gift box. Crafted by the Fleur du Cap winemaking team at Die Bergkelder as a


David Trafford presents De Trafford CWG Perspective vs Elevation 393

Qualified as an architect and formally untrained as a winemaker, David was integrally involved in the development of the Trafford family farm, Mont Fleur, from a young age. A working knowledge of wine


Bon Courage se Blush vier mondigwording met lekker kontantpryse

Die Bon Courage-wynlandgoed by Robertson se gewilde pienk vonkelwyn, Blush, vier vanjaar 21 jaar van pret en plesier as een van Suid-Afrika se eerstes.  Blush spog met subtiele muskaatgeure afgerond


Stellenzicht Plum Pudding Hill Syrah 2007 – 20.08.14

It is a very special thing to go to lunch with Guy Webber. It is a very special thing when lunch happens to be at Ottimo Cibo, Nikki Booth’s lovely home just below Kirstenbosch. Nikki Booth has a wa


RECM Best Value Merlots underway

There are few better ways to while away a rainy Wednesday than tasting three dozen RECM Best Value Merlots. Winnie Bowman and her panel which includes two members of the Commanderie de Bordeaux (he


Tasting Merlot with Neil Pendock at the Taj

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Vin de Constance 2009

Vin de Constance, the sweet wine made from unbotrytised Muscat de Frontignan, is nothing if not idiosyncratic and the 2009 particularly so. The wine shows dried apricot, scrub and subtle but distinct


A weekend in Wellington

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Lynne’s birthday dinner at Societi Bistro

  Most photographs were taken by candlelight, which will account for colour variations and unsharpness RETURN TO MENU© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014


CBC India Pale Ale

After reviewing 41 Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon submissions for the second annual RisCura White Hot Wine Awards (which produced three wines rated 5 Stars and six rated 4½ Stars, full results on 4 Septemb


Restaurant of The Month – Terroir

Since opening its doors 10 years ago, Terroir Restaurant in Stellenbosch became one of the most sought-after gourmet destinations in the Western Cape. The restaurant consistently ranks within South Af


Chicken & red wine casserole with herb dumplings – Sam Linsell

  Ingredients Casserole 8 pieces of chicken, thighs and legs, with skin on 2T olive oil 125g streaky bacon, chopped 10 – 12 small pickling onions, peeled 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves


140821 Main Ingredient’s MENU, Societi Bistro, Wellington weekend, Merlot at the Taj


Spicy Low-Carb Roast Chicken Soup – Jane-Anne Hobbs

Ingredients 1 ready-roasted/rotisseried chicken (it helps if it’s still warm, as this makes it easier to strip away the flesh) 6 medium leeks (500 g, after trimming) 4 large carrots, peeled 2½


Shopping for wine at Schoon de Companje

This bakery, butcher, wine shop, restaurant, coffee shop and ice cream parlour is called many names by the public, including De Oude Bakerij, Het Wijnwinkel and the bakery in Stellenbosch. We are all


Luxurious Spring Pongrácz Chocolate Pairing At Val de Vie Market

Sunday 7 September 2014,The Market at Val de Vie Estate Tastings at 11h00, 12h00, 14h00 and 15h00 Start spring on a luxurious note and celebrate the new season with an exclusive pairing of Pongrácz a


Farm Stall to Farm Stall, Jennifer Stern

When we go on a road trip, we take our MapStudio road maps with us – even if it is just a couple of hours drive, just in case we miss something. The other day in a moment of temporary grass widowerh


Maiden Delheim Vera Cruz Pinotage – ABSA Top 10 Champ

Stellenbosch wine dynasty, Delheim, has just introduced a maiden Pinotage 2012 to its flagship Vera Cruz range, with this single vineyard expression already adding distinction to South Africa’s line


Ondine Chardonnay 2013 – 20.08.14

There is always something special about a Darling Wine. And a lot of it has to do with the micro-climatic condition of the area, so affected by the cool Benguela current which flows up the West Coast,