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South Africa’s Mystery Picnics

Flagstone Wines is South Africa's Mystery Picnics wine sponsor. Mystery Picnics is a new and exciting dedicated themed outdoor event is hosting the very first one in Joburg on the 29th Nov 3-10pm. The Mystery is in the location, details to be released to ticket holders in the last phase.

South Africa’s Mystery Picnics

2015 Platter’s Wine Guide Results

Flagstone’s consistent hard work and fastidious craftsmanship continues to reap rewards as our block buster wines mature into exceptional vintages.

2015 Platter’s Wine Guide Results

Are Platter Plaudits Too Plentiful?

The 2015 Platter Guide is now out, and with it the list of five star laureates. Ask most producers which of the various industry awards they would rather win, and a Platter five star is right up there with Nobel prizes and Angelina Jolie (or Brad Pitt — depending on your preferences) — as a blind date.

Are Platter Plaudits Too Plentiful?

Flagstone’s 5 Star Platter’s Wines 2015

Platter’s Wine Guide is widely considered the most comprehensive annual guide to South African wine. Last night the 2015 Platter’s Wine Guide 5-Star Wines were announced at The Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.

Flagstone’s 5 Star Platter’s Wines 2015

Winemaker Awards 2014

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate hosted the Wine-of-the-Month Club 2014 Winemaker Awards. Wines selected over the course of a year by the Club's 10 independent panellists for members of Wine-of-the-Month Club

Winemaker Awards 2014

Q&A: Bruce Jack of Accolade Wines

South African winemaker Bruce Jack gives an insight into his work for both a huge brand and the handcrafted Flagstone wines.

Q&A: Bruce Jack of Accolade Wines

Is Pinotage The New Popular?

The variety has long laboured under huge expectations of delivering what South Africa can claim to be its signature world beating classic red wine. Has it perhaps been pushed beyond the boundaries of what wine-drinkers want or like, irrespective of what promoters think it’s capable of? Wendy Toerien looks at the provenance of three of Classic Wine’s top-scoring Pinotages to gauge its current standing.

Is Pinotage The New Popular?

Flagstone Best Performer at Veritas Wine Awards 2014

Saturday October 4 saw the Flagstone winemaking team put in an outstanding performance to collect 9 medals and subsequently the Veritas Best Performer Award for a winery entering less than 10 wines.

Flagstone Best Performer at Veritas Wine Awards 2014

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


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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