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Deconstructing The ‘Perfect’ Wine

The wine fanatics over at Wine Folly have taken it upon themselves to deconstruct the perfect wine. I'm sure you'll agree this is no mean feat, particularly as perfection is subjective. Never to be deterred they've given it a crack.  

Deconstructing The ‘Perfect’ Wine

2014 Michelangelo Awards

Age is that dance partner everyone wine wants to tango with, catch age at the right time and the performance is quite special. Some of our Dragon Tree, Dark Horse and Word of Mouth vintages are dancing particularly gracefully in 2014.

2014 Michelangelo Awards

South Africa Replaces Spain to Become Fifth Best Selling Country in UK Says Accolade

Good news as continued growth in South Africa's UK wine sales see it moving up the list of wine selling countries. 

South Africa Replaces Spain to Become Fifth Best Selling Country in UK Says Accolade

South African Wine to Ape Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Success

Lucy Shaw looks at how South African winemakers are seeking to piggyback on the success of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with their own cheaper versions of the popular style.

South African Wine to Ape Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc Success

The 2014 South African Young Wine Show

The South African Young Wine Show gives winemakers the opportunity to showcase their best wines of their current vintage. Flagstone fans can get excited.

The 2014 South African Young Wine Show

How to Blind Taste Wine Like a Sommelier

Are you smarter than a sommelier? Blind tasting refers to tasting wines without knowing their identities. Lettie Teague explains what to know about blind tasting wine.

How to Blind Taste Wine Like a Sommelier

Why Does Wine Cry

Tears of wine is manifested as a ring of clear liquid, near the top of a glass of wine, from which droplets continuously form and drop back into the wine. But how does this phenomenon work?

Why Does Wine Cry

How to Taste Red Wine

This method contains the fundamental parts of all wine tasting techniques. In essence, there are about 4 things to do when you actively taste wine. You can apply this method to anything you eat or drink and you’ll find that it makes you incredibly more aware of what’s in your food.

How to Taste Red Wine

A Time Before Wine - Mead

The simplest definition of mead is an alcoholic beverage made using honey to provide the majority of the fermentable sugars. To mead makers, a “traditional” mead is made using just honey, water and yeast. Steve Piatz shares a brief history of grape's predecessor alongside a couple of his favorite recipes and the perfect pairings to introduce you to the ancient wine.

A Time Before Wine - Mead

Wine Drinkers Have Never Had it So Good

Mike Steinberger claims the general quality of wine is so good today we have been reduced to arguing over the minutiae.

Wine Drinkers Have Never Had it So Good

Wine a Commodity International Wine Commentator Tells SA Producers

There is almost no such thing as a global wine brand that is not fortified and does not have bubbles, claims high-profile UK wine authority, consultant and educator Robert Joseph.

Wine a Commodity International Wine Commentator Tells SA Producers

South African Wine Tasting Championships

The 2014 South African Wine Tasting Championships will take place this Saturday, the 2nd of August 2014, in Cape Town.

South African Wine Tasting Championships

Identifying Wine’s Esoteric Flavours

Besides a variety of flowers and fruits, wine has a number flavours that seem eccentric. Next time you're searching for that essence that's escaping definition, consider these 33 peculiar notes that may have found their way into your wine. 

Identifying Wine’s Esoteric Flavours

James Jersey de Knoop Exhibition - I Cannot Prove That You Exist

Flagstone will be sponsoring the Noon Gun and Longitude wine for the opening of James de Knoop's exhibition at the Rust en Vrede Gallery in Durbanville on Tuesday 29 July 2014 at 19h00. 

James Jersey de Knoop Exhibition - I Cannot Prove That You Exist

Cork vs Screw Cap Debate 2014

Cork remains the market leader by far and furthermore it has been regaining market share since 2010 after being in decline from 2004 to 2009.

Cork vs Screw Cap Debate 2014

Low-alcohol Wines the Way of the Future

The days of alcohol-heavy wine might be numbered as new research and market demand point towards lighter wines.

Low-alcohol Wines the Way of the Future

Flagstone Dinner for 8 Competition - Winner Announced

Our Flagstone Dinner for 8 has a winner, Annabel Davids, from Noordhoek, Western Cape.

Flagstone Dinner for 8 Competition - Winner Announced

2014 Vintage Report: South Africa

Despite a challenging season characterised by high, often untimely rainfall, the South African wine industry expects an average-sized, good-quality wine grape harvest, with exceptional harvests in the coastal regions, according to VinPro, the representative organisation for close to 3600 South African wine producers.

2014 Vintage Report: South Africa

2014 Sommelier Wine Awards

A gold, two silvers and a bronze for Flagstone Wines at the 2014 Sommelier Wine Awards

2014 Sommelier Wine Awards

The Cheetah Outreach Trust - Update

In June of 2012 Flagstone began a sponsorship of the Cheetah Outreach Trust in South Africa. This month we handed over a cheque for R35 000 as we continue to support this critical initiative.

The Cheetah Outreach Trust - Update


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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