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Giving generously

Giving generously

Benevolence is defined as a desire to do good and to be filled with kindness towards others. Synonyms for the word include charity, philanthropy, goodwill, kindness, altruism, humanity, compassion, social conscience and consideration. All of these words could be...
What’s happening on the other side?

What’s happening on the other side?

Long gone are the days where “The other side of the mountain” (the Breedekloof River Valley) is seen as a dull and hot region without a story. Thanks to the efforts of a group of Breedekloof winemakers, the image of the Breedekloof River Valley has been boosted and...
Seven questions for seven Young Guns

Seven questions for seven Young Guns

Wine Cellar has done it again. And that is identifying SA’s hottest young winemaking talent. This year’s Young Guns theme is “Back to Basics” and the first in a series of seven blogs features Jessica Saurwein of Saurwein. Here are her answers to seven quick questions....
Sommeliers Selection shines

Sommeliers Selection shines

The 2017 Sommeliers Selection winners were announced at a trendy ceremony and tasting in Stellenbosch on Thursday 27 July. South Africa’s first wine competition judged only by top South African sommeliers has something to offer for every taste. All wines are...
A passion for Pinotage

A passion for Pinotage

Pinotage – that distinctive South African clone that successfully combined Pinot Noir and Cinsaut in 1925 – brings people together. Yesterday, the Pinotage Association hosted an exclusive tasting of its most recognisable vintages at Kanonkop Estate for the edification...
Wine – not only a modern day affair

Wine – not only a modern day affair

These days wine is one of the most renowned drinks in the world and looking further back, people have been enjoying their affair with this delicious beverage from as early as 6000 BC. Considered a perfect drink for every occasion, the number of people enjoying its...
Tokara trumps Father Time

Tokara trumps Father Time

Every time I go to a tasting featuring top South African wines I count myself lucky. Lucky and proud. And the recent vertical tasting of Tokara’s Director’s Reserve Red wines at Jardine Restaurant in Stellenbosch made me immensely proud. South African wines stand...
Nose-to-tail Chardonnay

Nose-to-tail Chardonnay

De Wetshof Estate did not hold back for the release of the latest vintage of their flagship Chardonnay. The 2017 Limestone Hill Chardonnay was presented at La Tête, the stylish little restaurant that has been making waves in Cape Town since its opening late 2016. La...
Midwinter Merlot magic

Midwinter Merlot magic

Our local Merlot is often pushed aside in favour of Bordeaux blends (which contain Merlot) or simply Cabernet Sauvignon, ostensibly the king of Bordeaux varietals. But yesterday’s Merlot tasting at Asara Wine Estate, hosted by Winemag, once again showed that Merlot...
Cab the Kleine Zalze way

Cab the Kleine Zalze way

The annual Cabernet Sauvignon workshop, or as vice president of sales & marketing Anthony van Schalkwyk describes it, the annual Cabernet Sauvignon experience, sounded just like any other wine tasting I’ve been invited to in the past. But as it turns out, this one...
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