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Here`s what wine you should be drinking, according to how you take your coffee

The way you drink your coffee can say a lot about your preference for fragrance, aroma, body, and acidity.

 

Exploring the diversity of the Klein Karoo Wine Route

The Klein Karoo is famous all over the world for many reasons, including its wines.

 

A healthier hangover breakfast

A hangover breakfast without bacon?

 

British People Love Drinking Cheap, Crappy Wine

A recent Nielsen market survey found that when it comes to wine, Brits’ brand loyalty is weak, with 79 percent of those surveyed reporting that they switch brands regularly and aren’t loyal to any one brand.

 

Wait, there`s food colouring in my expensive whiskey?

No surprise my glass of Mountain Dew is nuclear-wasteland-yellow with a little help from food coloring (FD&C Yellow No. 5 to be exact).

 

The TV Shows and Wine Pairings Cheat Sheet

Here’s a challenge for Netflix connoisseurs: How do you pair wine with TV? Real “gladiators,” for example, know Scandal’s Olivia Pope is fussy about fine reds, so a rich Cabernet Sauvignon or “Bordeaux that’ll bring tears to your eyes” are natural choices.

 
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Bistro 13 celebrates a year in the Stellenbosch winelands with a summer menu

Bistro 13, located on the historic Welmoed Wine farm home to Stellenbosch Vineyards, celebrated its first birthday last month.

 

CWG 2015 report – Whites & Sweet

CWG 2015 report In August I tasted blind, through the complete range of this year Cape Winemakers Guild Auction wines,  using MC 100 Points scoring method. MCC Sparkling Win

 

Misunderstanding Cape wine

Some recent descriptions, by two important critics, of two groups of Cape winemakers have me scratching my grizzled head. Either they or I am out of touch with the interest and excitement of what is h

 

Value white Burgundy: Rontets Pouilly-Fuisse

Nowhere is Chardonnay more highly regarded as it is in the southern Côte d’Or, the ‘Slope of Gold’. But increasing worldwide demand for Burgundy has pushed famous villages such as

 

Flagstone Tributary Chenin Blanc 2015

During Cape Wine 2015, trade title Drinksbusiness.com ran an interview with Bruce Jack, founder of Flagstone and head winemaker in South Africa for international wine company Accolade Wines, on Chenin

 

Bond shakes up his martini

New movie Spectre will see Daniel Craig opt for a 'dirty' martini instead of his usual 'shaken, not stirred' drink.

 

Finding closure for fine wines

The wine industry has tried a host of alternatives to closing the bottle - plastic corks, screw caps, glass closures.

 

Valedictory for Villiera

Before I get to their new vintages, an update on  the other worthy activities at this estate on the Stellenbosch/Paarl border. Not only are their wines invariably a pleasure to sample, but the Gr

 

Four Stellenbosch wine icons go back to their pinotage roots

Four of South Africa’s iconic pinotage producers, all part of the Stellenbosch Wine Route, have joined forces to create the Pinotage Root of South Africa, the first demarcated wine exper

 

Tim James: What’s really happening in Cape wine these days?

In the latest post on Grape.co.za, Tim James accuses two important critics, namely Michael Fridjhon and James Molesworth of “misunderstanding Cape wine.” Fridjhon gets taken to task for re

 

The Weekender: Joburg

  I have always said spring doesn’t really exist in South Africa and This week has definitely helped me back up that fact it has been stupidly hot here in the big smoke. The forecast for

 

Boschendal – a perfect day

The Boschendal Manor House & The Groot Drakenstein Mountains A visit to Boschendal is a very special experience. A perfect daytime destination with lots to do for a family and also just a couple w

 

Roasted pumpkin risotto with haloumi pops & chilli syrup – Alida Ryder

Alida Ryder’s Roasted pumpkin risotto with haloumi pops & chilli syrup Alida says, “Tis the season to share all the pumpkin recipes. Except, for me this doesn’t make much sense

 

Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc Grande Cuvée 2015 – 02.10.2015

Boschendal Sauvignon Blanc Grande Cuvée 2015 When you are making a fine wine, what happens in the vineyards, and indeed with the weather that precedes the harvest, make a huge difference in the fin