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With so many award-winning wines being made in South Africa each year, it has become impossible to choose the best. You want to spend your well-earned money on a wine that truly transcends quality as we know it.

Like a nova that only happens once in a star’s lifetime, you will remember those singular bottles of wine that blew your mind. - Dr Leanie Louw.

CHARDONNAY! Because it rhymes with George Cloonay. And so it does too with Oprah Winfray and Katy Perray. So what do these almost famous or deliberately misspelt names rhyme with? Chardonnay of course – the almost popular varietal up in lights at Vriesenhof Vineyards. The strangely irreverent tone of its marketing may be seen as an unconventional approach but is in fact true to the roots of this fine vineyard.

Novel Mensa wine & book pairing during National Book Week

The words “ My Book Club Reads Wine Labels "  comes to mind when I think of the genius idea behind #MensaWines I must admit, in January this year I really was a super reader by my standards. In the 1st month alone a read 2 books was a lot.  That  number quickly dwindle down to a few chapters a months and here I find myself in August with only 2 ½ books to my name.  I take pleasure in reading a hard copy as I relish in that new book smell unfortunately one of the disadvantages of this  that you have to remember to take the book along with you wherever you go with that being said, the book either gets lost or damaged.

SA's Silver Creek Craft Distillery announces its latest drinks sensation

Hola, party people! Get set for next-level fiesta with the all-new Margarita Moonshine from South Africa's very own home-grown Silver Creek Craft Distillery. Fresh out the box and it has already claimed its first prise - Gold at the 2018 SA Women's Wine & Spirits Awards (SAWWA)!

The 2018 Sommeliers Selection listed wines announced

The Sommeliers Selection is the only South African wine competition judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s top sommeliers, in categories fashioned around the perfect varietals for a restaurant wine menu.

This year, more than 300 wines were entered into the contest which was held in Cape Town in mid-June.

NEDERBURG’S THE WOOD DIARIES: A ‘SMOKY’ WINTER EXPERIENCE

A few weeks ago I was part of a small group that experienced an intimate late afternoon event at Nederburg in Paarl to learning about the intricacies and skill associated with not only the ageing of wine in oak, but also the blending of a number of wines matured using different types of oak and ageing techniques, into one beautifully balanced blend.  

HAVE YOU DONE A BRANDY TASTING AT VAN RYN'S?

There’s something about enjoying a tot of Brandy on a cold winters day , and that's exactly what we did by visiting Van Ryn’s Distillery. My friend being a Brandy enthusiast accompanied me on the visit, eager to learn more about the Van Ryn’s Brandy. One of the best things about Winter is finding new and creative ways to beat the Winter blues. A comforting tot of brandy on a cold Winter’s day is necessary, especially when its freezing outside. My friend and I recently visited Van Ryn’s Distillery to learn more about the craft and taste their range of brandy.  

Cellar gems put the sparkle back into Meatless Mondays

  A pair of Delheim's latest wine releases is sure to put a spring in the step of wine-lovers who are vegans. That's because unlike most other wineries, the famous Stellenbosch winery used zero animal products traditionally used in winemaking to produce its 2018 Delheim Pinotage Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc.