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< Tuesday 16 September 2014 >

Dubai`s latest wine includes 24-carat gold but no alcohol

Dubai built the world’s tallest building, put a ski slope inside a shopping mall and gave its cops a Lamborghini for a police car.

 

Why Tequila Deserves Way More Respect

The U.S. may have celebrated National Tequila Day a while back, but really any day is a good day to enjoy what may well be the finest spirit the Americas has to offer.

 

Momento Tinta Barocca 2013

Marelise Jansen van Rensberg, winemaker at Beaumont in Bot River, makes her own wine under the Momento label.  Her Grenache 2011 was pretty smart (see here) and I recently got to try her Tinta Barocc

 

Speciality Coffee Shop – Coffee

Previously I explained how important the choice of coffee should be when opening a speciality coffee shop. From the beginning we wanted only South and Central American coffee beans. This is harder tha

 
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Le Riche 2012 – Epic Stellenbosch vintage

The jury is out on whether 2012 or 2009 is the greatest modern-era Stellenbosch vintage. The cold 2011 winter was ideal for vine dormancy, while a comparatively cool February and March provided longer

 

Tasting Creation wines in Riedel glasses at Creation with Georg Riedel

 

Double gold for Durbanville Hills Chardonnay 2013

Durbanville Hills’ 2013 Chardonnay has taken the coveted Grand d’Or award (double gold) at the 2014 Michelangelo International Wine Awards proving that the wines produced by Durbanville Hills can

 

Shannon Vineyards release their Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Located in the picturesque Elgin Valley and owned by James and Stuart Downes, Shannon Vineyards have released the 2014 vintage of their highly acclaimed site-specific Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc.Th

 
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Double Gold For Durbanville Hills Chardonnay

Durbanville Hills’ 2013 Chardonnay has taken the coveted Grand d’Or award (double gold) at the 2014 Michelangelo International Wine Awards proving that the wines produced by Durbanville Hills can

 

Bottega strikes gold

It's surely not a question of "if" but "when" Distell's new broom, Richard Rushton, will add a French Champagne brand to his offering given the success of Bisquit Cognac and Burn Stewart whiskies. SA

 

Plaisir de Merle Winemaker’s Table Dinner – 18 October

SAVE the date – 18 October 2014, for an unforgettable Winemaker’s Table dinner at Plaisir de Merle where the gardens, manicured lawns and rolling vista of vines invite you to breathe in the elegan

 

De Grendel-wyne kraai koning op CWSA

Altesaam vyf van die De Grendel-landgoed se wyne het toekennings ontvang op die onlangse CWSA, die grootste en mees gesogte wyn- en spirituskompetisie in China.   De Grendel se Rubaiyat 2011 en Pino

 

Nederburg Turns Up The Passion Dial With Eat Out

With passion highlighted as the most important ingredient in making Nederburg wines, the marketing team behind the brand has chosen to link up with other talented passionistas, who share a love of tas

 

Veritas, local & international Judges at work judging wine and brandy on Paarl

Some of the world’s best wine and brandy critics will gather together from 15-19 September at Boland Park cricket grounds in Paarl to judge entries for Veritas, the longest running and most prestigi

 

Zonnebloem Cabs Fetch Amongst Top Prices At Record Nederburg Auction

There could be no doubting Zonnebloem’s classic appeal, as the South African favourite attracted some of the highest prices at the 2014 Nederburg Auction. A six-bottle case of 1964 Cabernet Sauv

 

De Grendel Sauvignon Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2014 – 16.09.14

The vintage of the De Grendel Sauvignon Noble Late Harvest 2014 has just been released. De Grendel’s vineyards are some 7 kilometres from the Atlantic Ocean, up against the Tygerberg Hills. Cool Ben

 

City Sightseeing Ready To Welcome Tourists At OR Tambo International Airport

City Sightseeing Joburg & Soweto has opened a new ticket office at the OR Tambo airport. Located in arrival hall A, the new ticket office is open every day from 6am to 10pm and allows for domesti

 

International Wine And Brandy Heavyweights Judge At Veritas

Some of the world’s best wine and brandy critics will gather together from 15-19 September at Boland Park cricket grounds in Paarl to judge entries for Veritas, the longest running and most prestigi

 

An Adventure to Avondale

Since my first introduction to Avondale, I’ve found their wines rather enchanting. Over time, and the more I’ve learned about the farm itself, the magic has only grown, from the origin of the log

 

Jason’s Hill excels at the Michelangelo International and Gold Awards

Jason’s Hill Private Cellar has triumphed at the annual Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, being awarded a double gold for the Jason’s Creek Classic 2012 and gold for the Jason

 

Pork Loin with Crackling & Vegetables – Bertus Basson

Bertus Basson is one of the most eclectic chefs I have met.  From the finest of fine dining to cooking over a fire in the bush or serving sausage dogs from the back of a caravan.  He does it all, wi

 

Riding City Sightseeing’s Red bus to Constantia with the Klink Awards team

 

De Krans, SA’s 2014 Champion Port

De Krans Wine Cellar in Calitzdorp has been awarded the sought after SA Champion Port Trophy, for a vintage port at the 2014 SA Young Wine Show. The awards ceremony took place at a gala event in Cape

 

KWV golds – again…

About 6 years ago, I was in Bahrain presenting a South African Food and Wine Week at The Gulf Hotel. I had with me one of our hot favourite chefs at the time, Annette le Roux who had Jemima’s Restau

 

Shannon Vineyards Release The New Vintage Of Their Distinctive Sauvignon Blanc: Tha Shannon Vineyards Sanctuary Peak 2014

Located in the picturesque Elgin Valley and owned by James and Stuart Downes, Shannon Vineyards have released the 2014 vintage of their highly acclaimed site-specific Sanctuary Peak Sauvignon Blanc. T

 

Superb Strandveld Vineyards Cool Climate Wines At Seductive Sauvignons Festival

Friday, 26 September, 17h00 – 20h00, The Vineyard Hotel, Newlands Make a toast to the new season with exceptional cool climate Strandveld Vineyards Sauvignon Blancs when you visit the Wine Concepts

 

Nativo Red Blend 2009 – 16.09.14

I recently had lunch with Billy Hughes at The Savoy Cabbage and we tasted through a couple of vintages of his Nativo White and Nativo Red wines.  Again I was so impressed with both the white and the

 

Jason’s Hill Excels At The Michelangelo Awards And Gold Awards

Jason’s Hill Private Cellar has triumphed at the annual Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, being awarded a Double Gold for the Jason’s Creek Classic 2012, and Gold for the Jaso

 

New Security Seal Certifies Authenticity Of CWG Auction Wines

A security foil to safeguard the authenticity of every wine sold at the 30th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction in the Stellenbosch Winelands on Saturday, 4 October 2014, has been introduced for th

 

Shortbread bars with whisky marmalade – Sam Linsell

Yield: 20 squares Ingredients 220g butter 30g icing sugar 80g caster sugar zest of an orange 30g cornflour 300g flour 1 cup marmalade 2 – 3 tsp whisky icing sugar to dust Instructions Pre heat the o