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Wines of South Africa Sustainability Seal

Wines of South Africa Sustainability Seal

A very cool new video from Wines of South Africa, promoting the Sustainability Seal that is becoming a ubiquitous feature atop bottles of quality South African wine.

Wines of South Africa Sustainability Seal

Flagstone scoops the coveted General Smuts trophy for the 2010 South African Champion Young Wine.

Flagstone Cleans up at SA Young Wine Show

A Sémillon from Flagstone Winery beat stiff competition – more than 2 000 contenders – to clinch the title of 2010 SA Champion Young Wine.

Flagstone Cleans up at SA Young Wine Show

Nobu Wine & Dine Evening @ The One & Only Cape Town

Nobu Wine & Dine Evening @ The One & Only Cape Town, 1 September

Bruce and Flagstone will be teaming up with Nobu at the One & Only for a wine and dine evening on 1 September. Seven courses of the finest Japanese fusion cuisine will be served with Bruce handling the wine pairing. These will include Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno canapés on arrival and Steamed Japanese Halibut with Yamagobo Salsa as a main course.

Nobu Wine & Dine Evening @ The One & Only Cape Town, 1 September

Wines of South Africa Soccer Video

Wines of South Africa (WOSA) have produced a 2 minute wine and soccer animated soccer video and we are more than happy to oblige their request to "show it on the website and blog about it."

Wines of South Africa Soccer Video

South African Wine On a Roll

There are about 1440 minutes in a day, that’s  the equivalent of 86 400 seconds in a day or more than a staggering 31.5 million seconds a year. Every year we bottle just under 30 million bottles of a South African wine, called Kumala, which is close to one every second. Our market share is growing every month, which terrifies my Quality Assurance Department, aka Ms Celeste Truter.

South African Wine On a Roll

The Cape Winelands - Stellenbosch

Stop Mining in the Winelands

We only have until tomorrow to offer concrete reasons for prospecting not to go ahead. Any valid reason (cultural heritage, job losses, environmental, loss of business if a farms’ production area is disturbed etc) is worth putting down.

Stop Mining in the Winelands

Kalk Bay and Harbour

Kalk Bay Harbour Wall

What makes us love the rugged Cape of Storms, her weather is both benevolent and fearsome, it provides as easily as it can destroy, it's part of who we are.

Wrinkles. Scare-etched by our southern sun into the faces of real fishermen, each millimetre representing another high-seas adventure thriller - around our Cape of Storms.

Kalk Bay Harbour Wall

Olly Smith

Flagstone Vintages Elicit More Praise From The UK Press

October has brought with it more complimentary press coverage from British wine lovers. Olly Smith of the Mail On Sunday and Sam Wylie-Harris both devoted column inches to recommending Flagstone wines this month.

 

Flagstone Vintages Elicit More Praise From The UK Press

Michelangelo Awards 2009

Flagstone wins big at 2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards

Competition from 1,501 wines, from 262 other wine producers was not enough to stop Flagstone scooping several prestigious prizes at the 2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards, which are widely regarded as among the most credible awards in the country.

Flagstone wins big at 2009 Michelangelo International Wine Awards

National Braai Day

The Braai

Your braai, and the wine served with it, should be worthy of the custodians of the oldest surviving human tradition. As a South African winemaker, your wine better stand up to that inheritance.

The Braai

Vintage

Berg Wind

Vintage is a battle, or more accurately, a very rough game; the best result of which can only be a draw. Nature will never let your ego triumph.

Berg Wind

Riebeek Kasteel

Veraison Road Trip

Early yesterday morning I drove up the N1 from my home in Cape Town turning northwards on the R44 at Wellington, a small town sheltering from the promise of heat in a depression at the foot of the Groenberg mountains.

Veraison Road Trip

Shannon Vineyards is a fantastic source for our Flagstone Pinot Noir

Crush Diary

The quality is great. We have just unloaded our first batch of gorgeous Shannon Vineyard Pinot Noir from cool climate Elgin. The grower of these magnificent globes, James Downes, is a perfectionist. His vines look like they have been trimmed with nail clippers and the cover-crop between the vines looks like it was cut and combed by Bianca, my wife’s hairdresser.

Crush Diary

Mount Kilimanjaro

Making Pinotage and Learning Humility

Pinotage is a South African variety of grape. In 1925 Professor Perold of the University of Stellenbosch “invented” Pinotage by crossing Pinot Noir and a relatively obscure Rhone variety, Cinsault. While there is Pinotage grown elsewhere in the world the vast majority of vines are planted in South Africa.

Making Pinotage and Learning Humility

Searching for the Soul of South African Wine

In April next year WOSA - the international marketing arm of the South African wine industry will be hosting “Cape Wines 2006” at the Cape Town Convention Centre.

Searching for the Soul of South African Wine

The Business of Wine

Wild Ferment - The business of wine, here and now

Headlines the world over lament the desperate state of the French wine industry on a daily basis. Consider for a moment the drought our winelands are grappling with, unprecedented oversupply and consequent wine dumping, a strong currency and the recent onset of utterly unprofitable viticulture. What emerges is a rather bleak picture of our own industry. If ever there was a time to get behind Brand South Africa, it is now.

Wild Ferment - The business of wine, here and now

Western Cape Vineyards

Wild Ferment - The Weathergirl

The numbers 082 162 rule his life. A self-confessed slave to the winemaking tribe, he finds the sultry temptations of the Weathergirl at the other end of the line frustratingly irresistible.

Wild Ferment - The Weathergirl


Contributors

Chief Winemaker Bruce Jack

Bruce Jack

A Capetonian whose curiosity and palate has taken him the length and breadth of the globe. Bruce completed his undergrad in Political Science and Literature at UCT and then read his Masters in Literature at St Andrew’s in Scotland. His subsequent winemaking degree came from the Roseworthy Campus at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Bruce is a pioneer, and in many respects a maverick, and what he brings to winemaking is an articulate opinion about his greatest passion.

Food Alchemist & Kitchen Cowboy Peter Goffe-Wood

Peter Goffe-Wood

Peter is on the judging panel for the San Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants in the World, as well as the Diners Club Wine list of the year. Born in London, he trained in South Africa and returned to work with some of Britain's top chefs in several award-winning London restaurants.

Back in South Africa, he helped to open the La Couronne Hotel & Winery (now Mont Rochelle) in Franschhoek. Conde Nast Traveller named it as one of the fifty most exciting restaurants in the world.

Peter has worked to develop some of the Cape’s best and busiest restaurants, including Blues, 95 Keerom Str, Balducci’s & Salt. GQ magazine took him on as food editor for eight years and he is a regular contributor to Men’s Health. Peter is author of Kitchen Cowboys and Blues Restaurant – the essence of Cape Town.

He featured alongside Ainsley Harriot on BBC Food’s Off the Menu and now appears as a judge on MasterChef SA.

Editor Andrew Arnott

Andrew Arnott

Andrew studied Literature and Sociology at UCT before setting off on a global trek that saw him working under the seas of the Caribbean, on the snow covered slopes of the Canadian Rockies and writing for a variety of financial and travel institutions. Now at home in Cape Town, Andrew’s passions for wine and writing are married on this blog.

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