Chief Winemaker 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 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 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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The Berliner Wein Trophy 2015 Posted on August 12 2015 by
The Berlin Wine Trophy is the biggest wine competition under the auspices of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV). Accolade did well this year and Flagstone shot the lights out!
The Berliner Wine Trophy has become Germany's most important and largest international wine tasting under the patronage of the OIV and the UIOE and brings well-known producers and distributors from around the world together every year.
The OIV is an intergovernmental, scientific and technical reference organisation for all wine related matters. The OIV has 46 member states and, as part of its objectives, contributes to international harmonisation of existing practises and standards, like, for example, wine competitions.
And the number of samples submitted are growing steadily, in 2014 alone there were over 9,000 registrations. To accommodate the increasing number of registrations, the 2015 Berliner Wine Trophy is held in winter and additionally in summer from 23rd to 26th July. More than 150 top judges will again award the coveted medals.
Flagstone shone in the 2015 competition with a remarkable tally of medals of the highest order.
"The 2015 Berlin Wine Trophy with 7 Gold medals has been a fantastic for our Accolade wineries and so far clearly our best results since we first participated in 2012. Exactly 50% of the wines registered at the competition scored Gold or Silver medals. Especially the fact that the rewarded medals included all our major brands like Hardys, Mud House, Da Luca and Kumala, is great news, but Flagstone with 3 Gold medals this time was leading the way. A big congratulation to all the winemakers and their teams!"