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Chocolate and wine pairings in the winelands

Don’t believe those stick-in-the-muds who say that chocolate doesn’t pair with wine. When done well, there are few things as deliciously decadent. It’s a match made in heaven, if you will. But finding the perfect combination is a challenge. Wine’s acidity and tannin can clash with the creaminess and subtle flavor nuances of chocolate. So, [...]

November 6, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
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Family-friendly wine farms

A decent glass of wine and a happy child needn’t be mutually exclusive. These are some of my favourite wine farms that are geared towards wine lovers with kids. Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek Wine fundis know Cape Point Vineyards for its superb Sauvignon Blanc Reserve and white blend called Isliedh but people also flock here [...]

October 8, 2014
by Emma Odendaal
with 2 Comments

2014 Amorim MCC Challege Results

The results of the 14th annual Amorim Méthode Cap Classique Challenge are as follows: Best Vintage Brut, Overall Winner: Domaines des Dieux 2009 Best Brut Non-Vintage: Lords Best Rosé Non-Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé Best Rosé Vintage: Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2009 Best Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage: Colmant Brut Chardonnay Best Blanc de Blancs Vintage: [...]

September 18, 2014
by Christian
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Ayama Blanc de Blancs 2008

It’s an open secret that the bubblies from Ayama in the Voor Paardeberg have KWV input. I’m not sure how different they are from the Laborie stuff (the cap under the muselet bears “Taillefert” branding) but no matter as they are pretty smart and what’s more, reasonably priced, all three selling for R119 a piece. [...]

December 7, 2013
by Christian
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Laborie Blanc de Blancs 2008

The rivalry that has sprung up between producer-wholesalers Distell and KWV in recent times has been fascinating to observe and in most cases the two run each other close. However, the latest batch of Méthode Cap Classique from KWV-owned Laborie are some distance off the best Distell is doing under the JC Le Roux and [...]

January 14, 2013
by Christian
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KWV Hanepoot Jerepigo 1973

Following a tasting of new releases under the KWV The Mentors label on Tuesday, lunch at Harvest, chef Matthew Gordon’s restaurant on Paarl wine farm Laborie. The last wine to be served: KWV Hanepoot Jerepigo 1973. Brown with a pale green rim, the wine showed aromas and flavours of caramel, honey and nuts. How to [...]

April 19, 2012
by Christian
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KWV The Mentors Sauvignon Blanc 2009

There are many reasons to opt for tap water over bottled mineral water when dining out locally: the quality is of a high standard, there’s minimal carbon footprint involved and you get to save money that you can then spend on wine. Harvest, the restaurant on KWV property Laborie in Paarl, only offers Vivreau filtered [...]

December 28, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Camelthorn Helles Lager

On Saturday, welcome relief from tasting for formal wine tasting in the form of a couple of pints of Camelthorn Helles Lager at the Laborie market in Paarl. Jörg Finkeldey, chemical engineer turned brewing maestro, who spent years setting up microbreweries all over the world, finally returned to home country Namibia to establish Camelthorn Brewing [...]

August 8, 2011
by Christian
with 2 Comments
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