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Beer boom – from commodity to craft

Beer boom – from commodity to craft

Until recently, craft beer was considered the tipple of choice for hipsters and hopheads only. However, with the growing number of local craft breweries, it seems that even South Africa has caught up with the international craft beer boom. Beer is often considered a...
World bulk brokers gather in Amsterdam

World bulk brokers gather in Amsterdam

With global bulk wine exports reaching a total of 37 million hectolitres in 2012, depending on who you talk to, this increasingly significant part of world wine export is considered to be anything from the fall of the South African industry to its saving grace. EDO...
New Tax break Opportunity or Obstacle

New Tax break Opportunity or Obstacle

During November and December 2013, 700 000 pupils sat for the National Senior Certificate examination. Unfortunately, a large number of these pupils will become part of the 24. 7% of unemployed South Africans. Government is trying to address the issue of unemployment...
Bid and bucks roll in  as records tumble

Bid and bucks roll in as records tumble

With sales totalling a whopping R8 401 400, 46% up on the 2012 turnover of R5.7 million the Cape Winemakers Guild Auction confirmed its value as a commercial brand that represents the absolute cream of the South African wine crop. This 29th auction attracted 163...
Boschkloof truimphs at Michelangelo

Boschkloof truimphs at Michelangelo

The Stellenbosch father and son duo, Jacques and Reenen Borman, continued their recent award winning streak, when the Boschkloof Syrah 2010 took the honours as the best wine at the show at the Rotolabel International Michelangelo Awards. A total of 490 medals were...
Looking back 18 years

Looking back 18 years

The 1995 SAA Shield competition, between South Africa and Australia; what did it achieve I nearly didn’t make it. It was only when my friend Robert Joseph said “are you going” and I replied “to what” that I heard about the SAA Shield wine competition and I realized...
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...
Wine Economists meet in Stellenbosch

Wine Economists meet in Stellenbosch

The world’s wine-business brains trust gathered at Spier for the seventh annual conference of the American Association of Wine Economists (AAWE), to present research on various facets of the global wine trade. With a total of 86 presentations over two days, from an...
Franschhoek’s star impresses French palates

Franschhoek’s star impresses French palates

Chamonix continued its 2013 winning streak by bagging three of the 14 awarded trophies at this year’s Classic Wine Trophy Competition. The Platter’s 2013 Producer of the Year has seemingly entered a golden era, also gaining favour among the all-French...