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Is Drinking Wine Better Than Going To The Gym? According To Scientists, Yes!

Whoever said no news is good news was wrong.

 

The amazing date shake

This quick, tasty milkshake recipe with fresh dates is really simple and delicious.

 

This Decanter Uses Sound Waves to Make Your Wine Taste Better

If you’re inspired by a pitch video on a crowdsourcing site, you send some money. It’s not an investment; you don’t get rich if the invention becomes a hit. But you do get some memento — a T-shirt or a discounted version of the invention once it’s manufactured — and the rosy glow of knowing that you helped bring a cool idea to life.

 

Most expensive wines in South Africa

If you have a taste for luxury French wines, then expect to pay over R150,000 for some of the most expensive wines the world has to offer.

 

FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Revealed

Ten outstanding Sauvignon Blanc wines were lauded today (Wednesday, 22 October) as South Africa’s finest when the results of the 2014 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 were announced.

 

New Bubbly Wine Region a springboard for Plett

Acclaimed as a global golfing mecca, the scenic Garden Route has in recent years seen Plettenberg Bay becoming renowned for its polo, with no less than 10 polo fields of international standard and more in the pipeline. Now the Garden Route – and ‘Plett’, is set to further boost the global tourism status of the region as the Sparkling Wine Route of South Africa.

Host to some five million visitors per annum, the Garden Route is rapidly emerging as a unique and well-respected Wine of Origin region thanks to pioneering Plettenberg Bay, says Ling Dobson, Pam Golding Properties area principal in Plett and Knysna.

Pam Golding Properties (PGP) has just concluded the sale of the boutique Luka Wine Farm near Plettenberg Bay for close to the asking price of R7.25 million. Set on seven hectares, the estate’s Sauvignon Blanc received a Silver International Michelangelo Award in 2012 and the Double Gold Vitis Vinifera Award 2013 South Africa. Now PGP has the sole mandate to market the ground-breaking Bramon Wine Estate in Plett, which is the first producing wine farm in the area so far east of the Western Cape, with the first vines planted in 2000.

Says Dobson: “Bramon Wine Estate has been the pioneer and key driver of our innovative Wine & Bubbly Route, further enhancing the unique character of the region and providing a boost for tourism as well as impetus for job creation and other economic development opportunities. With a thriving restaurant and award-winning boutique concept wines, it is well placed to support further growth in the burgeoning wine industry in the area as Bramon Wine Cellar acts as the central production facility for the region.

“Currently, there are some 18 new wine farms in development (50ha under vine), seven of which have their wines vinified in Bramon Cellar, with others coming on line and many more in the planning phase. These growers have the option to sell their output to the cellar, with the grapes processed into Bramon Methode Cap Classique and still wines, or alternatively have their harvests processed and bottled under their own label. Plett Tourism has assisted in creating the Plett Wine Route, which aims to establish this as a world class wine region.”

Marketed at R33 million and producing a variety of cultivars including the award-winning Methode Cap Classique, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz Rose, the 17.475 hectare Bramon Wine Estate has won numerous awards, including Michelangelo International Silver 2013, Vitis Vinifera Gold 2013, Old Mutual Bronze 2013 and 4 and 4.5 Stars in Platter 2014. Cellar master Anton Smal of Villiera acclaim, enthuses about the diversity of flavours attributed to soil, climate and good old fashioned care. The estate includes a 660sqm wine cellar with 250 ton capacity and state of the art equipment, three bedroom main house with deck and pool overlooking a waterfall and with mountain views, two bedroom log home plus bachelor flat, 200-seater restaurant, tasting centre, vineyards, two dams, and 700m of river frontage.

Says Dobson: “The new winelands area of Plett has been compared favourably with New Zealand, not only for its climatic and geographic characteristics, but for the style of new aged wines which are changing perceptions of wine and bubbly, making local indeed ‘lekker’. With a gentle ocean breeze sweeping through the vines, glorious weather and a wine region that can be traversed in a variety of ways, the Plett Winelands – which hosts its own annual Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival in October – will be making a definite mark on the South African wine industry.”

Commenting on the property market in Plett and Knysna Dobson says PGP sales in excess of R84 million from March to August 2014 show a healthy increase in sales turnover of R74 million for the same period in 2013. “Our average selling price is currently R2.775 million which reflects a significant increase of 31 percent over last year and which is indicative of buyers purchasing in a slightly higher price bracket. Apart from local buyers, who are either reinvesting, downscaling and acquiring property for all the usual reasons, Cape Town purchasers – many of whom are relocating here, have overtaken those from Gauteng, while we are also seeing international buyers from Germany, United Arab Emirates, Botswana, Sweden and the UK. The latter usually purchase property for leisure or partial use for several months of the year.

“All the signs of an improving market are evident. Vacant land sales have picked up, with bargains currently available ranging in price from below R500 000 in Pezula Golf Estate and under R2 million in Pezula Private Estate, while residential developments which were put on hold prior to the slump, are now on the market offering good value for money. There seems new energy and confidence in the market in general, and positively, construction of homes taking place, with 12 houses currently being re-built in Beachy Head in Plett. There is also growing interest in guesthouses, particularly among German buyers, with prices of available stock currently in the region of R6.9 million to R11 million in Plett and from R4.2 million to R14 million in Knysna.

“Further to this we are experiencing significantly increased interest in industrial and commercial property as well as farms,” she adds. PGP recently sold two industrial properties in Knysna in the R2-R3 million price range, both fully tenanted with yields between 9.5 and 10.5 percent. The properties were acquired by an investor from the Free State. Interestingly, Knysna’s industrial area has become something of an ‘old car’ mecca, with the town’s annual Jaguar Simola Hillclimb drawing an attendance of over 22 220. A local resident who has made his life-long passion for cars into a successful business is Norman Frost of Frost Brothers, an icon in the classic and vintage car industry based in premises in the industrial area and operating mainly via the internet. Car enthusiasts come from all over the country and even internationally to buy his cars and even purchase vehicles unseen.”

She says in Knysna CBD commercial properties are generating heightened interest with a number of older buildings revamped to offer appealing retail space as well as new coffee shops and restaurants. With fibre optic cabling being installed, Knysna will soon be able to offer faster internet, which together with very competitive rentals and lower overheads is anticipated to attract large corporate companies which do not need to be located in the cities.

 

Saving Rosé

Rosé has got an image problem.

 

Join Haskell Vineyards for its sixth annual Open Day

The 6th annual Haskell Vineyards Open Day will take place on Saturday 29 November 2014 from 12:00 – 17:00. Entry is R20 and includes a tasting glass.

 

Nederburg`s Golden Spring Shower at Veritas 2014

Nederburg was showered in accolades at the 2014 Veritas Awards, winning six double gold and nine gold medals across its multi-tiered range, once again affirming its position as a top performer in the competition.

 

La Motte wins at Nedbank Green Awards 2014

The Nedbank Green Wine Awards, launched in 2009, were created to acknowledge the efforts and significant successes that local wine producers and farmers have achieved with their conservation initiatives.

 

Jordan Wine Estate wins IWSC Trophy for 2010 Cobblers Hill

For the first time in history a South African wine producer has won both a white and red wine trophy from the same vintage. Jordan Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, has clinched the Blended Red Wine Troph

 

2014 FNB Whisky Live SA Preview

It’s that time of year again folks! Yup, the 12th FNB Whisky Live Festival is about to roll into Johannesburg and take up residence at the Sandton Convention Centre for another 3 days from 12-14

 

FNB Top Ten: time for SBIG to take stock

Yesterday's Sauvignon Bank Top Ten Awards were a triumph for Big Brands with half of the ten, large volume commercial wines: Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc Grand Vin Blanc 2014 Brampton Sauvignon Blanc 2

 

Suid-Afrikaanse brandewyne domineer internasionale kompetisies

Suid-Afrikaanse brandewyne het weer eens uit die stryd getree as wêreldkampioene nadat hulle met die louere weg geloop het op vanjaar se International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) en die Int

 

Drier than the Desert

Six Windhoek lagers were not going to get us through the desert. Even if it was only for one night. And six measly beers were all Joaquim Sá and I were left with after a member of the Khoisan Groot G

 

Savouring sauvignon

I don’t think it’s that I’ve grown to like sauvignon blanc much more over the past five or so years, rather that sauvignon blanc has grown to like me more. Cape sauvignon, that is, which I think

 

‘My friends thought I was crazy’

Winemaker Bruwer Raats wanted to specialise, so he picked two grape varieties and turned them into stars.

 

Veritas Award winners tasted at the CTICC

Cape Wine Master Bennie Howard, doing his accustomed great job as MCMarketing managers Righard Theron of De Grendel and Bennie Stipp of DeWetshofAdre and Hermann Kirschbaum of BuitenverwachtingMargi&n

 

RED DOOR CAFÉ

When it comes to restaurants and cafes, the little known eastern suburbs of Johannesburg have always lost out to the more trendy neighbourhoods of Sandton, Parkhurst, Rosebank and their likes. But th

 

Blaauwklippen Blending Competition winners’ lunch

 

Saxenburg launches new Drunken Fowl Shiraz

   © John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

 

Nedbank Green Wine Awards lunch at Myoga in The Vineyard Hotel

© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

 

KWV Shock

Yesterday's FNB Top Ten Sauvignon Bank awards lunch at Nitida was a succession of shocks: Nederburg heir Wilhelm Pienaar has departed for HPF; Chile enters the FNB Competition and wins, opening up t

 

Storm Vrede Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012

Hannes Storm, winemaker at Hamilton Russell Vineyards since 2004, will shortly be leaving there to concentrate on his own label called Storm Wines. He will be concentrating on Pinot Noir and already h

 

SPIER SECRET FESTIVAL 2014

Local and international experts on food and wine will present talks, workshops, tastings and dinner events at the Spier Secret Festival’s conference on Friday, 24 October 2014 at Spier wine farm. T

 

Pot-roasted Chicken “Stewp” with Herbs, Garlic & Bacon – Jane-Anne Hobbs

Ingredients 2 large free-range chickens salt and milled black pepper a small bunch of mixed fresh herbs of your choice: sage, oregano, basil, parsley and thyme 8 cloves fresh garlic, peeled and finely

 

Ayama Wines wins UK Design Awards

Ayama Wines, situated in the Voor Paardeberg region of the Cape Winelands, proudly announced a clutch of medals for their wine packaging from the prestigious 2014 Harpers Global Design Awards. The pan

 

Winters Drift Pinot Noir 2013 – 23.10.14

I have so enjoyed the Pinot Noirs from Winters Drift, the 2011 and 2012 vintages. Now along comes the Winters Drift Pinot Noir 2013. In the cellar 30% of the harvest was whole bunch pressed and the re

 

Nativo White 2013 – 23.10.14

This was the first organically certified white wine from Nativo, the previous vintages were not organically certified. The Viognier, Chenin Blanc, Roussanne and Grenache Blanc grapes for the Nativo Wh

 

Chicken baked with white wine, garlic & herbs – Alida Ryder

Preparation time – 15 mins Cooking time – 20 mins Total time – 35 mins Serves: 4 Ingredients 8 chicken thighs (skin on and bone in) olive oil/butter for frying 3 garlic cloves, peele