Author: Johann Crafford

A top French chef in Paris who had already won 3 Michelin stars was once asked how he managed to maintain those high standards. “By never being satisfied,” he replied, “because once you become satisfied, you start going backwards.” I was reminded of this during a visit to the fabulous Quoin Rock Win …

Zandvliet introduces My Best Friend … in a box

The celebrated Zandvliet winery has made it even easier and more convenient for wine lovers to enjoy its My Best Friend range, initially available in traditional bottles, but now also in a two-litre wine-in-a-box format. My Best Friend, which comprises a Cape White (a blend of sauvignon blanc, cheni …

Opwindende nuus uit TOKARA se kelder

Die somer vra vir lewendige en verfrissende wittes en TOKARA buite Stellenbosch het gehoor gegee deur die 2021-oesjaar van sy Sauvignon Blanc bekend te stel. Hierdie heerlike witwyn proe soos vars groenappels, delikate swartbessieblare en lemmetjiebloeisels met so ’n titsel oesterdopsouterigheid wat …

BAIC South Africa launches the B40 PLUS

BAIC South Africa has officially announced the launch of their iconic SUV, the B40 PLUS. The B40 PLUS, which has its roots in the military, has over 60 years of heritage to draw on. It has been tested in almost every condition, altitude, terrain and application over this time leading to the claim th …

Koop Boergondië se beste vate

Die Reciprocal Wine Trading Company behartig sedert 2016 die verkope en bemarking van die wynvate vervaardig deur Tonnellerie Louis Latour. Tarryn Vincent, nasionale verkoopsbestuurder van Reciprocal, is verantwoordelik vir hierdie diens, terwyl Paul Haumann van Vincorp/Anglo African Finance die log …

News snippets from the wonderful winelands

Tim Whitfield, former assistant-winemaker at Tokara, has joined the Plaisir winemaking team. Tim will be mentored by the indomitable winemaker, Ronell Wiid, an industry icon who now becomes cellarmaster tasked with overseeing the style and quality of Michael and Rose Jordaan’s wine estates, Plaisir …

Wines of 2020 vintage excel in Sauvignon Blanc Top 10

Three cheers (or more!) to South African sauvignon blanc, especially those of the 2020 vintage! Sauvignon Blanc South Africa has announced the winners of the 2021 Sauvignon Blanc SA Top 10 competition – and no fewer than seven of the champion wines are from the 2020 vintage, which has turned out to …

Bonnievale Wines se Sauvignon Blanc 2021 presteer

Sedert die bekendstelling van Bonnievale Wines se The River Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2021 vroeër vanjaar het dié wyn reeds twee Internasionale toekennings ingepalm. Dit is vereer deur sowel Gilbert & Gaillard as op die Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Competition. Dit onderstreep …

New Volkswagen Caddy on its way

Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be launching the new Caddy in South Africa in November. The fifth generation Volkswagen’s popular Caddy will be launched with a new naming convention: Caddy, Caddy Maxi, Caddy Kombi, Caddy Maxi Kombi, Caddy Cargo and Caddy Maxi Cargo. Charismatic design and new ex …

Checkers’ popular Odd Bins range of wine won nine awards – including two Double Gold, six Gold and one Silver – at the 2021 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, confirming Checkers’ status as a purveyor of unique, South African wines of outstanding quality. Exclusive to Checkers, th …

New Fiat Tipo offers more

Forget about everything you thought the Fiat Tipo was. There’s more on offer than ever before and its new styling package revolutionises the practical package. The Fiat Tipo has been more than refreshed, it has been reinvented with more emotion, distinction and dynamic styling that makes it more cap …

Rules for visiting a wine tasting room

While the tasting room experience is commonplace for those of us who’ve lived in wine country for years and visit wineries often, it remains foreign territory for many others. Although even some of the more experienced tasting room visitors still need to be “educated”. Here are some tasting room “ho …

Daar word gesê om alkoholvrye wyn te drink, is soos om jou suster (of broer) te soen, maar dit lyk asof al hoe meer mense deesdae lus is om mekaar te soen, by wyse van spreke natuurlik. Wel, as die Franse dit kan doen (darem net ’n pik op die wang), kan die res van ons seker maar ook! Bonnievale Win …