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Fried Ravioli with Cheesy Marinara Dipping Sauce

I’m totally serving these guys for my next dinner party. How fun would it be to have a piping hot platter for guests to indulge in as they arrive? A total win!


Experience the Franschhoek Olive Route

Franschhoek is famous for its wine route, but many of the wine farms also produce olives and olive oil.


Spoil your colleagues and clients with a bottle of Creation wine

To avoid the last minute rush, now is the perfect time to start thinking about how to spoil your colleagues and clients this year.


This man build his office out of beer bottles

Recent architecture-school graduate Li Rongjun got his post-collegiate career off to a headline-grabbing start by constructing his own office out of 8,500 beer bottles.


Take your place at the table…The Chef`s Table at the Oyster Box

The Oyster Box is Durban’s busiest hotel property with an endless calendar of events and activities taking place every day of the week.


Choicest Nederburg line-up for Auction 2015

Collectors and aficionados will find an enticing selection from Nederburg itself on this year’s Nederburg Auction in September.


Spice Route Chakalaka 2012

SR-Chakalaka-2011 Five centuries ago the ancient mariners braved uncharted seas to round the Cape of Good Hope in search of exotic spices. Their nerve and dash inspire the Spice Route philosophy. We h


Eikendal stel 2013-oesjaar van bekroonde Cabernet Sauvignon bekend

Die Eikendal-wynlandgoed, geleë in die hart van die sogenaamde “cabernet-kontrei” teen die hange van die Helderberg, se jongste oesjaar van sy Cabernet Sauvignon toon ’n “s

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Bacchus Brilliance

When Italian flair and South African ingenuity come together, great innovations and technology usually follow. Bacchus Equipment personifies that spirit. Bacchus Equipment, sole supplier of Diemme, t


Boschendal Appellation Series Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2014 — 17.08.2015

This week there are big celebrations taking place on the Boschendal Estate at the opening of the Franschhoek Valley. The land was granted to Jean le Long in 1685, 330 years ago. Ever innovative on the


Less is more

If you think that the UK market should be approached the same way as 10, or even five years ago, think again. Considering the trends and trepidations of this traditional market, the new focus should b


Lighting the fire-water flame

Social media, hip hop endorsements, cocktails and perhaps even a new name are all part of the plan to bring back brandy.  The South African Brandy Foundation is pulling out all the stops to reve


Ons sal kan doen met ʼn miljoen (bottels)

Rupert & Rothschild se Classique-versnit het die miljoenbottel-mylpaal verbygesteek en is ’n suksesverhaal van kwaliteit én kwantiteit.  Dis een ding om ’n paar vate uitst


The Wellington Fork & Cork festival is around the corner

Wellington and the Mutual & Federal Agri Wellington Wine Route are presenting the second annual Wellington Fork & Cork Wine Festival at Kleinevalleij Estate on 12 September.The festival promis


Roast vegetable & couscous salad with pan grilled feta & crushed pistachio dressing — Dianne Bibby

I always feel sorry for the butchers when people advocate a Meat Free Monday.  Diane Bibby redeems herself here in my eyes by suggesting that this delicious vegetarian dish be served with a steak o


Confronting a changing climate

Energy, water and nitrogen-based synthetic fertilisers should be key concerns for every producer, in view of ever-present climate change.  The recently released 2014 Confronting Climate Change (


Tim James: Some conclusions on completing tasting for Platter’s 2016

Soon, I hope, I shall soon return to my customary semi-idleness, with time to go to the occasional wine function or, more interestingly, to visit wine farms (a couple of those already lined up), even


Wise initiative reveals China’s wine trends

Wine Intelligence suggests that China’s wine market is undergoing a second revolution. These findings are the result of market research originating from the Wise initiative. Business intelligen


2015 CWG Auction wines rated

The 31th Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Auction takes place at the Spier Conference Centre, Stellenbosch on Saturday, 3 October 2015. The line-up comprises a total of 55 different wines (34 red wines,


Liquor policy aims to tighten reins

South African wineries could soon be held liable for alcohol-related accidents, and the legal drinking age could increase to 21 years. A recently published Liquor Policy Review has the drinks industry


A million would do nicely, bottles that is

Rupert & Rothschild's Classique blend has passed the million bottle milestone and is a success story of quality and quantity.  It is one thing to make a few barrels of excellent wine and sel


Punting our premium wines in the UK

The UK market remains tough, but with new growth in higher tiers it should not be overlooked.  In 2003, South Africa exported around 45% of its wines to the United Kingdom; strong ties with the


Message in a bottle

Razvan Macici is now at the helm of wines at Distell as their head winemaker. He will be studying new developments in winegrowing and winemaking and how these can enhance their wines.  After a 1


Unlock Your Cooking Skills At Boschendal Workshop

Nail two new culinary skills just in time for Summer, with the second of Boschendal’s cookery workshops taking place on Saturday, 12 September and Sunday, 13 September. The workshops concentrat


Cape Wine 2015 – where's the koc?

Remaining republicans left in SA must have shivered in their velies when Etienne le Riche proclaimed Stellenbosch the kingdom of Cabernet at the CWG pre-auction tasting last week. He mentioned that Ca


Monis Full Cream, a 90 second podcast — 15.08.2015

One of the great winemaking traditions of the Cape is the Monis range of what we were allowed to called Sherry until quite recently. Now we have to look for another name as indeed they have in Austral