Tag Archives: South Africa

• Macallan M Imperiale Whisky Sold for $628,000 at Auction

Macallan M Imperiale Whisky Sold for $628,000 at Auction

The good-to-the-last-drop award should certainly go to The Macallan award-winning single malt whisky – just recently Guinness World Records awarded the famous whisky the accolade of “most expensive whisky sold at auction,” for the second time when the The Macallan M Imperiale 6-litre Lalique fine crystal decanter sold at Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong for […]

• Mandela’s Kin Talks His Legacy & the Family Wine Business

Mandela’s Kin Talks His Legacy & the Family Wine Business

The name Nelson Mandela may not conjure up images for reds and whites but, perhaps, it will in the future. In keeping with South Africa’s rich wine culture, the Mandela family has set out to extend their patriarch’s legacy to a product the whole world enjoys. In 2010, with Nelson Mandela’s blessing, his daughter and granddaughter created House of […]

• Ducru-Beaucaillou world’s best Cab blend in blind tasting

Ducru-Beaucaillou world’s best Cab blend in blind tasting

A blind tasting of some of the world’s most revered Cabernet blends from the 2009 vintage in London saw Château Ducru-Beaucaillou come out in first place. Despite the presence of all five Bordeaux first growths in the tasting, the second growth property from Saint-Julien gained the highest average score when the results were added from […]

• What Makes Chardonnay Great: ‘Texture is Paramount’

What Makes Chardonnay Great: ‘Texture is Paramount’

Bouchard Père et Fils head winemaker Philippe Prost shares his views on what makes Chardonnay great and who are producing inspirational expressions of the grape. Prost, who has been with Burgundy’s Bouchard since 1978, stresses the importance of achieving ideal maturity for top Chardonnay, and says that the grape requires a long cool ripening period to […]

• Finally, Drones That Deliver Beer!

Finally, Drones That Deliver Beer!

We’ve seen tacocopters and burrito bombers, and though those will probably be real someday, neither is going to be really delivering anything any time soon. These beer drones, on the other hand, might actually be delivering real beer to real people. In South Africa. Maybe. Part of the OppiKoppi music festival, these beer drones are […]

• Celeb Watch! Danny Glover Launches African Passion wine

Celeb Watch! Danny Glover Launches African Passion wine

Lethal Weapon actor Danny Glover has teamed up with South African producer KWV to launch a new range of wines called African Passion. Ten percent of the proceeds from sales of the wines will go to the TransAfrica Forum, an advocacy group in Washington DC focused on improving African education and human rights. The wines […]

• Nelson Mandela’s Family Launches Wine Venture

Nelson Mandela’s Family Launches Wine Venture

It’s no surprise that South African wines will be poured at this weekend’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, but the name of one line takes you aback: Mandela, as in Nelson Mandela, the nation’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president. The elder statesman’s daughter Makaziwe and granddaughter Tukwini, who began immersing themselves in grape culture […]

• Single Malt Whiskey From Japan – The Next Big Thing

Single Malt Whiskey From Japan – The Next Big Thing

If you like whiskey, especially single malt Scotch whisky, then you owe it to yourself to try some of the Japanese stuff. When I say it’s the next big thing I mean in terms of trend, not history. Japan has been making whiskey for over a century, and its most famous brand, the Yamazaki, is […]

• 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2013

10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2013

A sense of place—the sights, sounds, smells and spirit of a travel destination—can endear that area to a person forever. For wine lovers, there is no better way to cement that connection than to explore the world around those vines. As the wine market becomes ever more global, packed with offerings ranging from the most […]

• Rhône varieties are the future for South Africa

Rhône varieties are the future for South Africa

Chenin Blanc pioneer Ken Forrester has spoken out about South Africa’s obsession with Bordeaux blends, believing the country’s future lies with Rhône varieties. in South Africa, but Rhône varieties is where we should be headed,” Forrester told the drinks businessat Cape Wine 2012 in Cape Town last week. “We have the ideal climate for them, […]

• Visit Cape Town wineries without leaving your desk via Google Street View

Visit Cape Town wineries without leaving your desk via Google Street View

If you’re one of the many who were inspired by the film Sideways and, upon watching it, took to the vineyards in order to commence the next affected stage of your life as a pretend wine snob, Google has got a treat for you. As Google Maps is ever expanding, taking you inside hotels and […]

• Beer key to ultra runner’s success. YES!

Beer key to ultra runner’s success. YES!

WANT to know the secret to running seven marathons on seven continents in less than five days? A bottle of beer apparently. Irish ultra-marathon runner Richard Donovan embarked on his incredible journey less than a week ago in a bid to raise money for the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa. The 45-year-old ran […]

• Top 10 Wine Spas Worldwide

Top 10 Wine Spas Worldwide

Since the opening of the world’s first official wine spa in the Bordeaux region of France in 1999, high-end spas around the world have followed suit. While the true, trademarked Vinothérapie treatments are only available at Caudalie-affiliated spas like Les Sources de Caudalie in France (the original), wine treatments — considered to firm the skin […]

• Lil Wayne Prepares For A “Booze Free” Tour

Lil Wayne Prepares For A “Booze Free” Tour

Lil Wayne has announced he’ll be “dry” when he tours South Africa and Australia for the first time this month and next month. The Grammy-winning rapper, who’s reportedly bringing a whopping 50-member entourage with him to the other side of the world, will be alcohol-free the entire time thanks to his three-year probation for drug […]

• Black South African Goes From Never a Sip to Vineyard Fame

Black South African Goes From Never a Sip to Vineyard Fame

When Ntsiki Biyela won a winemaking scholarship in 1998, she was certainly a curious choice. She had grown up in the undulating hills of Zululand, living in a small village of huts and shacks. People tended their patches of pumpkins and corn. The only alcohol they drank was homemade beer, a malt-fed brew that bubbled […]