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Antioxidant in red wine could help reduce acne

The health benefits of resveratrol have been debated for some time, however a new study has suggested that the antioxidant, which is found in grapes, red wine and chocolate, could help to clear acne when applied directly to the skin.


Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

Now that we’ve entered the “craft cocktail” era, drinks with double-digit price tags are just par for the course. And in many cities, there’s a decent chance that your fancy craft drink now comes with a large, crystal-clear cube or rectangle that melts unhurriedly in your glass. That’s right: Artisanal ice is a thing.


One Pan Mexican Quinoa

Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it’s so easy to make – even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan!


Quiz: What Type Of Wine Drinker Are You?

What do your wine drinking and buying habits say about you?


Win four tickets to the Franschhoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival

Elegant, social, and sophisticated, Cap Classique is truly one of the most delightful wines one can serve!


Liquid urine sample candy is really upsetting

They’re taking the piss, right?

Look, we know Halloween is meant to be scary, and scary sometimes means gross, and gross translates to blood, guts, creepy crawlies and bodily fluids, BUT we still think that these sour liquid urine samples are a Halloween candy step too far.

But maybe we’re wrong? Maybe we’ve misplaced our funny bones? Maybe you’re actually putting in an order for a pack of samples right now and can’t wait to swig them, as CandyWarehouse suggest, during your next date or business meeting?


Kegged wine means fewer trips to the dumpster for Savor

John Coleman is helping save the planet one glass of wine at a time.


The Liquor Catalogue – Your guide to festive drinking

Ultra Liquors has released its Liquor Catalogue for Christmas.


Haskell Anvil once again Top 10 in South Africa

The Sanlam Private Wealth / Christian Eedes Chardonnay report for 2014 has been released, and we’re delighted to announce that the Haskell Anvil Chardonnay 2012 has once again been judged as being in the Top 10 Chardonnay’s in South Africa.


Mosaic Team South Africa rubs shoulders with the best wine tasters of the world

On the 18th of October 2014 The Team Mosaic represented South Africa in the World Blind Tasting Championship organised in Champagne by La Revue du Vin de France. It is a great adventure for these young South African wine lovers to travel the world and challenge the most talented tasters of the planet.


KWV 10 Year Old Potstill Brandy

When, like KWV, you are entered into the ‘World Brandy Olympics’ over a period of over 30 years and you, for this KWV 10 Year Old Brandy, consistently win the title of Worldwide Best Brandy [IWSC


Test Wine Bar

Forget about a Test Kitchen, Cape Town's premier chef Luke Dale-Roberts should think of opening a Test Wine Bar adjacent to his gastronomic palace in Woodstock. For Luke's canteen is fast becoming th


Thandi Wines – Love Is In Our Nature And Our New Wine Labels!

Situated in the picturesque Stellenbosch wine route and established in 1995 in Elgin, Thandi Wines need no introduction. Thandi – a Xhosa word meaning ‘nurturing love’ – is a wine that niches


Taste Drappier & more at Wine Concepts Champagne Festival

Join Wine Cellar on the 21st of November at this year’s Wine Concepts ‘Finer Things in Life’ Champagne Festival. The tasting will be held at the Vineyard Hotel in Newlands, where our Cha


Boschendal 1685 Chardonnay 2013 – 27.10.14

Boschendal was originally granted to Jean le Long in 1685, this could have happened before the repeal of the Edict of Nantes.  Some of the first Boschendal wines of the modern era were named after hi


Fewer 5-Star wines in Platter’s: A necessary recalibration

So what are the surprises in this year’s list of Platter’s 5-star wines? Perhaps, firstly, that there are just 50 of them (plus one new brandy – only new brandies were tasted this year). That’


Georgia Craft Beer Festival

The Second Georgia Craft Beer Festival was held on Saturday, October 25 in Atlanta’s Candler Park organized by the Georgia Craft Brewer’s Guild. The first festival ...The post Georgia Cra


Celebrating 35 years of Platter

Platter publisher, JP Rossouw announcing 5* winners With the launch of the 2015 edition of Platters South African Wine Guide, a new era begins as Jean-Pierre Rossouw (JP) completes his first year as p


Durbanville Hills offering blissful summer picnics

The scenic views of Table Mountain, Table Bay, the rolling hills and adjoining vineyards at Durbanville Hills Wines offer a welcome escape for a delectable picnic treat. Slip off your sandals and stre


Andy Watts, Master Distiller, honoured in Wellington

Andy Watts, master distiller and a resident of Wellington, received the town’s highest honour by being named the 2014 Wellingtonian of the Year at a gala dinner last week (23 October). The award, no


South African restaurant winelists: Strengths and weaknesses

As the editor of a major restaurant guide, I’ve eaten in many, many restaurants this year. Most of the time this is a lovely thing to do but it does diminish that “special treat” feeling that go


Platter’s 2015: the winners

Here, along with the few special awards, are the wines rating five stars in the just-launched Platter’s South African Wines 2015 edition. The number is down from 80 last year to 50 (excluding br


Grande Provence Celebrates A Decade Of Fine Food In Franschhoek

Celebrating a decade of culinary excellence in the heart of South African Wine Country, The Restaurant at Grande Provence in Franschhoek continues to woo guests one plate at a time with creative, seas


Brandy Snaps – Daphne Enslin

Daphne Enslin, who trained in Scotland, introduced these to the dessert buffet at Boschendal when we worked there in the late 1970’s. They were loved by Henry Kissinger [you keep Nancy busy while I


South Indian Inspired Sambar Vegetable Curry – Meeta K Wolff

Prep Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 60 minutes Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 onions, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 150g canned tomatoes, coarsely chopped 1 tablespoon tomato puree 1 piece of


Platter’s 2015

Major achievers in Platter’s 2015: Winery of the Year Sadie Family Wines White Wine of the Year DeMorgenzon Reserve Chardonnay 2013 Red Wine of the Year De Trafford Blueprint Syrah 2013 Wines rated


Avontuur releases new summer wine, Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2014

“Full-bodied, but perfect for summer afternoons with a low alcohol of 12,5%, this wine is made to be enjoyed with or without food,” says Avontuur Estate winemaker Jan van Rooyen about his newest a


The Galileo is back in town

Balmy summer evenings are almost in full swing and Cape Town’s most exciting movie experience, The Galileo Open Air Cinema, has a feast of films to keep you entertained throughout the season. From r


Cape Town Is number Four In Conde Nast’s Readers Choice Top 25 Cities In The World 2014, Also Eighth Friendliest City

Cape Town is celebrating today after moving up from last year’s eleventh spot to a single digit, fourth place, in the annual Conde Nast Traveler Readers Choice Awards. The one million votes from clo


Durban Curry, So Much of Flavour – Erica Platter, Clinton Friedman & Devi Sankaree Govender

When you put talents like this together, Erica Platter, writer and Editor de luxe [and quite a food lover too if the truth be known] and Clinton Friedman, brilliant photographer and designer and Devi