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< Tuesday 17 May 2016 >

Is the Big-Gulp Wine Trend Making You Fat?

These days corn-syrup-sweetened soft drinks are targeted as villainous causes of obesity. Artificial sweeteners are busted as bogus substitutes. And now the big-gulp generation is graduating to wine time.


Uncut Diamonds: Tasting Trends on the Wild Side

Graham Howe reports on the trend to alternative varieties at key wine tastings in the first quarter of 2016.


A Tim Burton Themed Bar Named Beetle House Is Opening In NYC

At Beetle House, you can have a Jack Skellington cocktail after being greeted by a bouncer dressed as Beetlejuice.


Does wine taste different as you get older?

After she turned 60, Californian wine publicist Jo Diaz began noticing that when she tasted wine her sense of smell wasn’t what it used to be. Now aged 68, she says, “It takes me longer to pick up all the parts of a wine’s aromas.


This charity wants you to chat about death over a cup of tea and a slice of cake

For many of us death is the last great unmentionable subject.


Wine of the week: Boplaas Tinta Barocca 2014

 Wine of the week: Boplaas Tinta Barocca 2014Wine of Origin: Calitzdorp

Winemaker: Margaux Nel

Background: Big Daddy and owner of Boplaas, Carel Nel, handed over the responsibility of the winemaking to his daughter Margaux in 2006. Although he is still very involved with the farm’s activities, and especially when it comes to the final blending and bottling of their wines and ports, Margaux, now in her early 30’s, has taken on this enormous task with aplomb!  Boplaas is well known for its fine Ports but in recent years they added a range of several excellent table wines produced from their vineyards of Portuguese varieties.  One of these varieties, Tinta Barocca, was the first Portuguese variety grown at Boplaas, and besides being used in their Port production it has actually been made successfully as a table wine from this farm for many years. This week I attended a wine and food tasting with the Boplaas team which again confirmed my love for this variety. The 2014 vintage was harvested by hand and fermented in temperature controlled cement fermenters after which the wine was matured in French oak for 8 months prior to bottling.

Result: Bursting with dark fruit aromas of mulberry, plums and hints of aromatic spice,  leads you up to a rich mid palate of fruit balanced by soft tannins.

When to drink: now till 2018

Drink with what: We enjoyed the wine paired at lunch after the tasting with Grilled Tuna Bordelaise prepared by the team at Jonkershuis, Groot Constantia. However it’s happy with venison, casseroles and also brilliant with chicken peri peri!!!

Expect to pay: R73.00


A special day for Fathers at Lakeside Lodge and Spa

Every year we get the opportunity to honour our fathers and this year is no exception at Lakeside Lodge & Spa, a short drive out from Sedgefield on the Garden Route.


Democracy celebrated with this constitutional duo

The 2002 shiraz was launched in 2004, its Constitution Road name marking its winery’s home address in Robertson as well as 10 years of South African democracy under its new constitution.


Malu Lambert: Interview With Peter Bayly Of Peter Bayly Wines


Malu Lambert: Interview With Peter Bayly Of Peter Bayly Wines

Nothing can prepare you for the sheer drama of Peter Bayly?s Klein Karoo vineyard. Hidden just off a dirt road, a sign with a flying pig swings lightly in