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Benguela Cove Wins South Africa Young Wine, National Champion Awards and Five Gold Medals

By Admin | 29 September 2017

South Africa-based entrepreneur Penny Streeter has won gold and silver medals at the South African Young Wine Show for all 16 of the wines from the Benguela Cove vineyard, acquired in 2013.  This is one of the oldest wine shows in the world and annually showcases the best wines of the country’s new vintage.

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Klein Constantia triumphs at the CSWWC Awards 2017

By Admin | 29 September 2017

Klein Constantia 2013 Brut was named Best South African Sparkling Wine at the Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships 2017 Awards Dinner at Vintner’s Hall in London, in front of an audience of over 120 international winemakers, producers and journalists.

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Cape Point Vineyards flying high with new Cape Town Wine of Origin

By Admin | 30 August 2017

We are pleased to inform you that the newly introduced Cape Point Vineyards Cape Town Sauvignon Blanc, the first wine bottled under the newly registered Wine of Origin Cape Town, has just won a British Airways Business Class tender, and will be served onboard during October, November and December. If you are lucky enough to fly in Business Class on British Airways in the next few months, make sure you enjoy a glass of this delicious wine.

If you're not lucky enough to fly business class on British Airways, you can still enjoy this wine as it's available from Swig, £14.95.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

It's hard to travel to Italy and not to fall in love with it. There's something unique about the country, and this extends to its wine regions. One of the appealing factors, I guess, is that Italian wines aren't all that easy to 'get'. They are an acquired taste, and these often end up being the most enduring tastes. The first time you try a Barolo, made from the Nebbiolo grape, you wonder what the appeal is: these wines are often pale in colour, with fierce tannins, and a beguiling mix of savoury flavours as well as some fruit character. And Sangiovese, the grape of Chianti, can be angular and firm in its youth, sometimes verging on rustic. Yet these tastes, initially challenging, can be quite addictive. Italy also has a fabulous range of unique varieties, and from top to toe of this long thin country there's an almost bewildering array of wine regions, each with its own personality. I've mentioned Tuscany and its Sangiovese, and Piedmont and its Nebbiolo. But Piedmont also has Dolcetto, Freisa and Barbera, and then there's the Veneto with Corvina and Rondinella, and Campania with Fiano and Aglianico, Sicily with Nerello Mascalese, Nero d'Avolo and Frappato, and Puglia with its Primitivo (aka Zinfandel). This is just scratching at the surface.

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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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