British actor Hugh Laurie has prompted an outcry in Russia with a Twitter proposal to boycott vodka over President Vladimir Putin’s gay rights stance.


Date: 5 & 6 October.


Mabhokomela Bona­kele tips the heavy, navy-and-yellow plastic five-litre bucket and gulps gluttonously.


South Africa could lose half of its wine-growing areas by 2050 thanks to climate change.


Described as the gateway to the Karoo, Montagu in the Western Cape is known for its sheer beauty and “community of smiles and sunshine”, according to a tourist brochure.


What is it about bubbles that prompt so many people to forget that the wine containing them is often either acidic or insipid?


A is for anticipation, B is for bottoms up — and T is for tanked. Tim James guides you through the best of the season.


Out of the great revolution in South African wine we’ve seen in the past few decades, something of a contradiction is emerging.


Winemakers are usually a tough agricultural species aligning their skills with soil and sun.


For no good reason I hadn’t been to Franschhoek for a few years. Now I have a good reason not to return — and another to go back soon.

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