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How to make fancy ice and instantly up your drinks game

The worst thing that could ever happen at a gathering during the hot days of summer is to run out of ice.

 

Beer Compound Could Protect Brain Cells From Damage

Beer buffs, rejoice: a component in that sweet nectar of the gods could help protect brain cells against a type of damage that has been linked to certain neurodegenerative disorders, such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

 

Fokofpolisiekar launches third craft beer, Hemel Op Die Platteland

Fresh from playing a show in New Zealand, Fokofpolisiekar is back with the good stuff.

 

Get Your Digital Drink on With Robot-Crafted Cocktails

Entrepreneur: Barry Givens, owner of Monsieur, which produces robotic bartending machines for homes and businesses.

 

Graham Beck wines celebrate 25 sparkling vintages

Graham Beck Wines celebrates a pinnacle milestone of 25 sparkling years in the South African wine industry.

 

A tradition of hospitality

Capetonians are known for their hospitality and have been since Jan van Riebeeck’s time, as travellers enthused about in journals and letters.

 

Boplaas Best SA Port – third year in a row

The Boplaas Cape Tawny Bin 1880, a cellar master blend of the finest barrels of Tawny, won the Cape Port Producers Association (CAPPA) Trophy for Best “Port”, as well as picking up a gold medal & “Best in Class”.

 

KLM, wine merchants in the skies

Returning to SA on KLM from the Venice Biennale last month, I was surprised to be offered wine from Brazil (!), Argentina, Chile, Spain and France on board, the wines to be delivered at home. Pity the

 
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Sake surprise

Wine is not the only alcoholic beverage to be possessed of terroir as a tasting of ten Sakes last night confirmed. From Fukushima in the North to Kyoto in the South, the flavours were very much linked

 

Keep it Real, Please

Old habits die hard, but die some of them must. An old wine industry habit whose time must surely be running out, is the permitting of a varietal wine to contain up to 15% juice different to that whic

 

June 2015 Solms-Delta News Alert

June is the month for warming up for winter, spoiling dads on Father` Day and gearing up for The SA Wedding Show in Cape Town on 6 & 7 June. We also share our 3 course winter lunch which i

 

Whale Cottage spotted in Shinjuku

On a Tokyo pub crawl last night, we bumped into the notorious Cape Town blogger Whale Cottage. Meanwhile back in Cape Town, the hairy owner of the Whale Cottage franchise goes from strength to stre

 

Leg of Springbok with Dried Fruit — Ina Paarman

Ina says, “One of my favourite venison recipes. Start off by rubbing the leg with Meat Spice and olive oil, then stuff it with herb butter. Soak the fruit separately in the sweet wine or port. T

 

A Pinotage with one of the best views, seriously!

They say that location makes all the difference when purchasing property or starting a business. A wine farmer will tell you it is equally important when planting a vineyard. Well, the grapes f

 

Boland Cellar Reserve No 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 — 03.06.2015

When you’ve had 60 years experience of making wine in a very special place like Paarl, you get to know your vineyards really well. And you can identify single vineyards which produce truly grea

 

SA winery recalls overseas batches

Tiny glass fragments in wine sold in Japan leads to recall of multiple thousands.

 

David Bristow: Vergelegen — possibly SA’s greatest wine property

The Van der Stel family was among the fabulously rich and well connected of Amsterdam throughout the 17th century, dominating the silk trade there. In 1679 Simon was made Commander of the Cape settlem

 

Leeuwenkuil Family Reserve White 2012

According to Platter’s 2014, Swartland winery Leeuwenkuil draws on 4 550 ha of vineyard which produce some 36 500 tons of grapes a year, resulting in some 27 million litres of wine. Evidently s

 

Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2013

There were a few eyebrows raised when the R79-a-bottle Fleur du Cap Shiraz 2013 won not only best in class but also best red wine overall at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, emerging ah

 

Winemaking changes at Distell

After a 15 vintages at Nederburg, cellarmaster Razvan Macici has been appointed Distell’s head winemaker, a newly-created role overseeing style and quality across the company’s entire wine

 

David Bristow: Vergelegen – Possibly Sa’s Greatest Wine Property

The Van der Stel family was among the fabulously rich and well connected of Amsterdam throughout the 17th century, dominating the silk trade there. In 1679

 

Marthèlize Tredoux: In defence of Genetically Modified Organisms

Let’s talk bananas. Grab a banana from your fruit bowl. Unless you import from Malaysia or Thailand, it will be a Cavendish – the main commercial cultivar. 60 years ago, it would have be