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NEW DRAWL FOR JACK DANIEL’S

News out of Lynchburg, Tennessee is that seasoned whiskey maker Chris Fletcher is to step into the boots occupied by Master Distiller Jeff Arnett for 22 years. Arnett announced in September that he was hanging up his spurs after having guided the making of Jack Daniel’s since 2008. Now responsible […]

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DREAMY CREAMS

It’s been a decade since Four Cousins launched its cream liqueurs – so the boys from the Breede River valley decided to do a product upgrade, to freshen up the look of the Four Cousins Strawberry Fields and Marula Dream. The latest packaging tweaks see the return of the brand’s […]

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NEW LIVERY FOR THE GLENLIVET

Scotland’s first single malt whisky, The Glenlivet, has undergone a visual makeover, a bit of a nip and tuck to modernise its look. Whisky lovers need not fear that the changes are anything other than visual – the carefully crafted Scottish spirit remains as unsullied and elegant as ever. It’s […]

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100 YEARS OF WINEMAKING

Middelvlei is a wine farm right on the border of Stellenbosch suburbia – and it’s been home to winemaking for a century. Current custodians of the land are the Momberg family with brothers Ben and Tinnie having taken over the reins from their father “Stiljan” Momberg some time ago. In […]

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LEGACY AND MATURATION

“Not all wines are meant to improve with age and most are produced to be market-ready once they’re bottled,” says winemaker Roelof Lotriet of Stellenbosch’s Delheim estate. “Delheim’s Old World heritage defines our more classic approach and the reason behind our balanced portfolio of well-made easy-drinking wines and those that […]

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CALITZDORP PINK

There are no signs of the market’s enjoyment of pink wine slowing down any time soon. Happily for the wine industry which took such a knock during the pandemic lockdown, sales of rosé are still brisk. Calitzdorp producer De Krans is well known for its fortified port-style wines but in […]

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STRIKING GOLD IN GERMANY

Mundus Vini is Germany’s biggest wine tasting competition and attracts thousands of entries every year. 2020 was somewhat challenging – as other competitions such as Decanter World Wine Awards, International Wine Challenge and the International Wine & Spirit Competition also found – because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Around 4 500 […]

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BLUSH OF RUBIES

Steenberg has named its rosé for a precious stone, the ruby – and it’s a real jewel of a wine, ideal for summer enjoyment. Released recently, the pale coral rosé is made from syrah (or shiraz) grapes and is packed with aromas of strawberry and raspberry sherbet. It’s dry and […]

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SPIKED WATER

Seltzer doesn’t mean anything to South Africans – but to Americans it is soda water. Hard seltzer is a fast growing category of the beverage market abroad, basically soda water with a bit of booze. The folks who launched Frost Popsicles in summer ready G&T and other flavours, including the […]

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OLD AS THE HILLS

Stellenbosch Hills marks a milestone in 2020: 75 years in business. The release of its most recent white wines, chenin blanc and sauvignon blanc, brings the Stellenbosch Hills white wine tally to four. They join the show stopping Sense of Place Anna Christina MCC 2018 and 1707 Reserve White 2019 […]