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Pure group pressure for quality progress

Pure group pressure for quality progress

Once tasting panels have sniffed, gargled and spat their way through wines of a specific variety or type, and once the scores have been handed in for the final verdict, the belated question about parameters sometimes comes to the fore: What were we supposed to be tasting for What are the typical varietal characteristics Bemused, perplexed reactions are often the result, sometimes even embarrassment, because who knows, who prescribes, whos in charge of a variety to be able to lay down guidelines for aroma, bouquet and balance

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Liquor advertisements under pressure

Liquor advertisements under pressure

The Central Drug Authority currently recommends that warning labels should appear on liquor bottles; that the broadcasting of liquor commercials should be prohibited between 06:00 and 22:00; that the public should be informed about “the dangers of alcohol” and in such a way that the “forbidden fruit” notion is not encouraged; and that limitations on sport sponsorships should be considered.

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KWV in the spotlight

KWV in the spotlight

The past month was characterised by several meaningful KWV activities, including the annual general meetings of KWV Co-operative and KWV Group and the annual VinPro (SA) information meetings, as well as an informative “media day” by KWV International. The following important issues were raised:

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Santam Veritas Awards: Great shift in medal spectrum

Santam Veritas Awards: Great shift in medal spectrum

Looking at the totality of the medals awarded this year, the picture is very different to last year, probably in line with the organisers’ endeavour to raise standards even more, inter alia by means of a changed points and judging system.

While the 1 491 entries represented a record for the sixth year running, the total number of medals decreased from 77% of total entries to 67%,

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