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The RisCura White Hot Wine Awards 2015: Call for submissions

Announcing the third annual White Hot Wine Awards featuring Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon blends, convened by Winemag.co.za and sponsored by RisCura, a global financial services provider. A tasting is proposed to identify the best in the country and producers are invited to submit. Conditions of participation are: 1) wines submitted must be current release or soon to [...]

July 27, 2015
by Christian
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SA vs New Zealand Pinot Noir

Do expectations influence outcomes when it comes to wine ratings? Dana Buys, co-owner of Vrede en Lust, thinks so, arguing for instance that were you to assemble a group of professional tasters and tell them that they were about to taste a line-up of Pinot from New Zealand rather than South Africa, they would necessarily [...]

August 3, 2015
by Christian
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Blackwater Blanc 2014

Blackwater Blanc is an imaginative and assured offering from Francois Haasbroek. It’s a blend of 80% Swartland Chenin Blanc, 15% Durbanville Semillon and 5% Ashton Bourboulenc and immediately takes its place among the most cutting-edge white wines in the country. The production method is unusual. The Chenin, from a farm next to Paaredebosch, was left [...]

July 31, 2015
by Christian
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Recipe: Homemade Gnocchi in a Blue Cheese Sauce

Gnocchi is the knuckle-shaped dumpling that has successfully shed its homely origins to find itself on many top-end Italian restaurant menus. Although it is a fairly modern iteration, potato gnocchi is my favourite. Starchy potatoes are the key to ensuring a super-light texture which distinguishes homemade gnocchi from the dense-as-a-singularity character commonly associated with the [...]

July 30, 2015
by Dean Ehrlich
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Marthélize Tredoux: The role of the wine writer

Winter is a quiet time in the winelands; vines are resting and tasting rooms enjoy a brief respite from the mad rush of tourists that descend in warmer months. Nevertheless, the past few weeks have seen a bustle of “internal” activity – from judging wine competitions to award ceremonies. One such occasion was the Wineland [...]

July 30, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013

Yesterday I presented a tasting for five novice wine enthusiasts. Three pairs of wines chosen to be as stylistically as far apart as possible: Stellenrust Chenin Blanc 2014 vs Simonsig Chenin Avec Chêne 2010, Longridge Chardonnay 2013 vs Jordan Nine Yards Chardonnay 2013 and Knorhoek Pantére Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 vs Guardian Peak Lapa Cabernet Sauvignon [...]

July 30, 2015
by Christian
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David Donde: Better beans – defining coffee quality

Quality sadly is too often reduced to a label printed on the front of a tin of the cheapest of instant coffees. That clearly isn’t right, is it? So what is quality coffee? Damned if the answer doesn’t require perspective. If you were hoping for a definitive response, you will have to read on and [...]

July 29, 2015
by David Donde
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Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2011

Are we under-rating our new-wave reds? And are local consumers paying enough for them? By way of calibration, a bottle of Alain Graillot Crozes-Hermitage 2011, R295 a bottle from Joostenberg Deli in Stellenbosch. Crozes a lesser appellation to Hermitage itself, Graillot one of the better growers, 2011 a good but not great vintage. So how [...]

July 29, 2015
by Christian
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Daschbosch Steen 2014

Daschbosch is one of the cellars which make up the Breedekloof collective known as uniWines and it’s another with a wine that forms part of the Chenin Blanc Initiative. Grapes come from a 14 year old vineyard, the wine fermented and matured for eight months in old oak. Really expressive on the nose – a [...]

July 29, 2015
by Christian
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