Swirl, sip and spit for National Sea Rescue

Don’t miss out on one of the most successful and fun wine auctions the Western Cape has to offer. Stock up with your favourite wines at this year’s Rotary Clubs of Newlands and Table Bay’s annua


Wine & Poker, not the odd couple it used to be

When columnist, author, and hotshot poker player Victoria Coren Mitchell made headlines this week by becoming the first two-time winner of the European Poker Tour, it wasn’t just because she was a w


ANZ boss splashes $10 million on winery

ANZ boss Mike Smith, Australia's highest-paid banking executive, has spent more than $10 million to buy the historic Spray Farm winery and homestead on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula. Smith cashed in


Cyclone Lusi threatens record harvest (NZ)

Grapegrowers are hoping bad-weather forecasts for the weekend will not put a dampener on the harvest which is tipped to be one of the biggest and best yet. The harvest began late last month and will c


Blog: Australian sommeliers invited to get behind Aussie Wine Month to win a trip to five wine regions

Australian sommeliers are invited to get behind Aussie Wine Month – the country’s biggest celebration of Australian wine which runs from May 1-31 – by creating an all Australian wines-by-the-gla


New Zealand vintage underway

The 2014 New Zealand grape harvest is underway amid high hopes for a vintage which has started earlier than recent years due to a fantastic growing season. “Like many of the agricultural sectors in


Kiwis triumph in 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition

While the wine world is used to the Kiwis winning white wine categories, the 34th Sydney International Wine Competition (SIWC) proved New Zealand winemakers were equally adept with their reds. Trophy


Zakkoku Kobo Microbrewery (Ogawa, Saitama)

A family brewery Ogawa, Saitama (Japan) This is probably the smallest beer brewery in Japan and it was founded by a man, Baba-san (pictured above left), who has been very inventive and audacious in th


Gauthier Soho has ranted against ‘food blaggers’ – so can we really trust online reviews?

As far as the management at Gauthier Soho is concerned, if you eat in their restaurant, you pay the bill. That will sound totally reasonable to the vast majority of the restaurant-going public, but f


Paarl’s Ommiberg Festival

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