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The South African wine industry is known for its dynamic and innovative approach as well as its top notch wines and young, creative winemakers.

The industry is progressing and changing at speed, as South Africa is increasingly recognised for premium wines and world-class wine tourism. Read all the latest news from Wines of South Africa...

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Opening Doors | Part 1

By Admin | 3 July 2017

Outwardly, it’s been a year of positive changes in the winelands community. A number of organisations have been opening doors all over the map and none more so than the Vinpro Foundation. This NPO has identified three transformation target arenas; Harm Reduction, within workers’ lives; Early Childhood Development, for the birthing of a fresh legacy; and Leadership and Skills, a key requirement for the workers of today. Vinpro’s Unathi Mantshongo (pictured), believes that, “The industry has to become inclusive on all levels, in order to be competitive and thrive.” With this in mind, we decide it would be a good idea to connect with some people on the frontline of transformation, to see if they have positive things to say...

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Tap Takeover at Vagabond Wines

By admin | 21 June 2017

South Africa is taking over at Vagabond Wines on the weekend of 3rd July. Vagabond went to South Africa, plundered the wine reserves and filled out their five venues with the most happening, contemporary selection of SA wine around. Precisely, FORTY EIGHT wines, many making their UK debut this year (and over thirty of which they've never had in stock before) will be included in the Tap Takeover.

Wait. There's more. Thanks to a bursary they won by taking part in a competition we ran, they will be subsidising their premium picks in particular to bring those within reach of more people.

Within the themes each Vagabond store will be hosting a weekly two hour guided tasting session for £25/ head. Click on the link below to find out more information about the tastings and find your nearest Vagabond shop.

This is not to be missed. Click here.

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Braai Master takes over the kitchen at Hammer & Tongs, London

By Admin | 17 May 2017

Next month the braai master Jan Braai is jetting into the Big Smoke to take over as Guest Chef at Hammer & Tongs. 

The living legend (he once braai'd for a record breaking 28 hours) and man behind 'National Braai Day' has created a smouldering tasting menu for both special evenings. 

As well as turning & tanning the finest meats on the enormous braai, Jan will also be making his way around the restaurant to chat with everyone

Join us as we celebrate London Food Month! 

Friday 16th June & Saturday 17th June
7pm, £50pp

BOOK NOW!

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

Recently I took part as one of the three judges in a tasting of Chenin Blanc wines from around the world for The World of Fine Wine. This is a high-end wine magazine that's aiming to cover the world's best wines, and in each issue they have reports on a number of focused tastings, and this was one of them.   The good thing about these tastings is that rather than simply produce a group average score (they do this too), they give the scores of each of the three judges. This is interesting because it lets you see where the experienced judges disagree. For me, one of the most interesting things about fine wine is that even experts come to different conclusions, sometimes. In some cases this could be because even the best tasters have off-moments. Tasting blind is tricky and sometimes you just get a wine wrong. But in other cases, experts genuinely disagree. Wine is complex, and even if we try hard, our personal tastes can get in the way when we try to reach a consensus.

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In Susan's glass

I fell in love with South Africa and the wines a few years ago. The recent MasterChef UK final took me right back to a holiday I had there. They went to the same Game Reserve that we stayed at and we also went to Reuben Riffel's restaurant in Franschhoek the night before my friends wedding - it was great to see Reuben as a guest judge too! Watching that episode seemed like the perfect excuse to open this beautiful bottle of Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof. What a delicious wine! 

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