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Growing beyond poverty

Each One Reach One and Teach One. This can be said of the Anna Foundation, born out of one woman’s desire to assist disadvantaged schools, and providing after-school support to children living on farms in the Western Cape. The Anna Foundation was founded in July 2005...
We will help fight alcohol abuse

We will help fight alcohol abuse

The South African liquor industry intends to join forces with government in establishing a mechanism to address harmful alcohol use in the country. The industry recognises the harm associated with alcohol abuse and will strengthen our efforts to fight it,” the wine,...
Leading by example

Leading by example

Wine is generally considered a sophisticated and classy drink, one to sip and savour, rather than glug down. However, it is ultimately also an alcoholic beverage and could have devastating consequences if not consumed responsibly. ELONA HESSELING looks at what this...
Benny drops the wine list penny

Benny drops the wine list penny

Innovative, well put together, funky! These were but some of the descriptions of the best wine lists recognised at the Diners Club Winelist Awards for 2013 by celebrity chef Benny Masekwameng, one of the judges at this year’s awards, who admits he was quite impressed...

Drink less and drink better

After posting my top five wines for 2012 in December last year, I received an email criticising my choices, arguing that the wines on my list are too expensive and perhaps not within reach of the average wine drinker. The mentioned wines were: 5. Hartenberg Tenacity...
Served with a hint of mint

Served with a hint of mint

by Elona Hesseling When it comes to matching food with wine, there are no rules – only tried and tested observations and generalisations. This was the bottom-line at a tasting presented by Nancy Gilchrist MW and Simon Back, putting the Backsberg BlackLabel Range to...
Sorting through the Shiraz-styles

Sorting through the Shiraz-styles

From bursting-with-flavour, rich and robust Shiraz, to refined and delicate Syrah, this blue-eyed varietal has been around the block and is here to stay, for good. Approachable, recognisable and pronounceable, it remains a favourite choice for consumers and has also...
Red wine loves your heart

Red wine loves your heart

What do Pinot Noir, good health and a bunch of clever researchers have in common Quite a lot, if you listen to Professor Lionel H Opie of the Hatter Heart Research Institute, UCT, and author of Living Longer Living Better, Exploring the heart-mind connection. The...
Crowning the King of Cab

Crowning the King of Cab

Stellenbosch and specifically the Helderberg’s superiority as Cabernet country, as well as the recent influx of quality Chardonnay were reflected in the results of this year’s Diners Club Winemaker of the Year awards. Rust en Vrede’s Coenie Snyman...

Health benefits of wines with reduced alcohol

It is generally accepted that moderate consumption of wine is beneficial to health, but it is still not clear how much the alcohol and the non-alcoholic compounds in the wine contribute to these benefits. Owing to the obvious concerns of excessive alcohol intake, it...
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