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The Treasure Chest Collective: Changing the identity of SA wine
The Treasure Chest Collective: Changing the identity of SA wine
The story goes that the first grapevines were brought to the Cape in 1655 by European traders. Although Portuguese, French, English and Dutch ships...
Soweto wine festival opts for an upbeat mood in sober times
Soweto wine festival opts for an upbeat mood in sober times
In 2015, the Soweto Wine Festival moved from the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus to Walter Sisulu Square near Kliptown. Wine writer and...
Drink a toast to the rich Creole heritage of the Cape’s wines
Drink a toast to the rich Creole heritage of the Cape’s wines
Anthony Lane has been described as “design supremo” and “master designer” with “a well-deserved near monopoly of top-end label design in...
The Cape's top 20 wineries of 2014
The Cape's top 20 wineries of 2014
The 20 years since South Africa's first democratic elections have been momentous for the country's wine industry. Over the years, Cape wine...
A year for eating dangerously
A year for eating dangerously
Search for "food trends in 2014" on the internet and you will be told macaroons are out and éclairs are in, carbohydrates are out...
By Giorgio, a taste 
of Italy at Dalla Cia
By Giorgio, a taste 
of Italy at Dalla Cia
According to winemaker Giorgio dalla Cia, tiramisu – that sweetly soft staple of ristorante and trattoria – originated as a sort of Red...
SA's better brandies punch above their weight
SA's better brandies punch above their weight
A recent visit to London reminded me how much South African wine lovers have to be grateful for – and how much they have to regret. For those...
Ambition and grace
Ambition and grace
In English there's the distinction, which is sometimes an advantage – but not always, for ambiguity can have much in its favour.
Grappa sprung from Cape soil will lift a humble spirit
Grappa sprung from Cape soil will lift a humble spirit
Then, in the fateful 1970s, picked up and taken home by the urbane rich, educated out of its rustic manners and dressed in designer bottles, grappa...
Eeny, meeny, miny, mourvèdre
Eeny, meeny, miny, mourvèdre
 In wine, as in most things, "I don't know much about it but I know what I like" is pretty near unanswerable, except with a...
Great whites make a meal out of full-blooded reds
Great whites make a meal out of full-blooded reds
About time. This prestigious annual event, which began over 30 years ago as, primarily, a showcase for experimental, ambitious wines, has had...
From pillar to host: A quest for good wine
From pillar to host: A quest for good wine
An immoderate number of pillars announce the main stone building at Stellenrust Wine Estate. On a gentle rise among the vineyards, with the...

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