Topical pic: Amorim Cork Cap Classique Challenge tasting completed

Judging for the 2010 Amorim Cork Cap Classique Challenge to be reported on in the October issue of WINE magazine was completed yesterday. This year’s competition attracted 78 submissions compared to 70 in 2009. For the first time in the competition’s nine-year history, the panel featured two international judges, namely Hervé Dantan, Chef de Cave of […]

July 21, 2010
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Global Trader Shiraz Challenge 2010 results

Results of the Global Trader Shiraz Challenge 2010 convened by WINE magazine were announced earlier today during a function held at Catharina’s restaurant at the Steenberg hotel in Constantia. There were 184 entries received in total and the overall winner was Provenance 2007 made by Dewaldt Heyns of Saronsberg in Tulbagh and the best value […]

July 15, 2010
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Topical pic: WINE magazine Bdx-style red blend tasting under way

This year’s Bordeaux-style red blend tasting to be reported on in the September issue of WINE magazine  has attracted 115 submissions compared to 123 in 2009. The panel is myself, Ginette de Fleuriot of Wineworx, Charles Hopkins, winemaker at De Grendell in Durbanville, Bernard Le Roux, winemaker at Noble Hill in Paarl and restarateur Jonathan […]

July 6, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: KWV’s fantastic four

KWV: from hugely influential parastatal to just another big wine company fighting for market share in both the domestic and international wine and spirit markets. As CEO Thys Loubser succinctly put it during a strategy session yesterday, the KWV used to operate essentially as “the remover of excess grapes from the industry” but now wants […]

July 2, 2010
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Chateau Lafite releases at €550

Decanter.com reports that Pauillac first growth Chateau Lafite Rothschild has released a first tranche of its 2009 en primeur wine at €550 a bottle. That’s the equivalent of approximately R5 000 a bottle at the current exchange rate. With the 2007 vintage of Kanonkop Paul Sauer due for release on 1 July at R310 a […]

June 21, 2010
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Topical pic: Which top Stellenbosch property betrays signs of severe leafroll virus?

Leafroll virus is generally considered the biggest limitation to further quality advancements in the South African wine industry, the most important effect of the disease being a reduction in the yield and quality of fruit from infected vines. Symptoms of leafroll virus appear between the time of harvest and leaf fall. On affected vines, the […]

June 11, 2010
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Make love, drink Champagne

From Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger, chief executive of Champagne house Taittinger quoted on Decanter.com: ‘I am worried about pensions. I am worried about the debt of our countries. We will have less money,’ Taittinger said. ‘But we will always have the time to make love and drink Champagne, and we will do it even more.’ Read rest […]

June 9, 2010
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Topical pic: WINE magazine Shiraz Challenge 2010 under way

This year’s Shiraz Challenge has attracted 186 entries down from 247 in 2009. Are we finally seeing some market consolidation? The panel  is myself, Carrie Adams of retailer Norman Goodfellows, Miguel Chan, group sommelier for Souther Sun hotels, James Pietersen, beverage manager for Balducci’s and Belthazar restaurants at the V&A Waterfront and Christine Rudman, CWM. […]

June 1, 2010
by Christian
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