It’s a sombre payday weekend for most people as the doors of liquor retailers remain shuttered despite calls for the end of South Africa’s contentious ban on the sale of alcohol.


Getwine, one of South Africa’s most popular online wine shops, has a vast selection of the best South African wines from wine farms and estates all over the country.


Popping out to a local supermarket to stock up on wine is a thing of the past for KwaZulu-Natal residents, as dozens of stores have been forced to “go dry”.


Almost 5 000 litres of liquor have been confiscated from Cape Town beaches and public spaces since the start of the festive season.


Half an hour was all it took for a raging fire to sweep through the Ross Gower Wines plot in the Elgin Valley in the Western Cape at the weekend.


Being a winemaker is a specialised calling, requiring intimate knowledge of soil composition, seasons and weather, chemistry, flavour, even marketing and sales.


Crickets normally have a cardboardy, puffed wheat kind of taste. Worms eaten on their own are also bland, but when put into chocolate brownies, they taste like peanuts.


It seemed like a worthwhile experiment to a small winery: Submerge bottles of wine in sea water to see how they age.


Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travelers flock to Scotland to sample the fine single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur.


London – Recipe books are bestsellers, cooking shows dominate TV and celebrity chefs abound in the UK – all signs of a major shift in culinary habits in recent years, even if many still struggle in the kitchen.

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