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The South African wine industry is known for its dynamic and innovative approach as well as its top notch wines and young, creative winemakers.

The industry is progressing and changing at speed, as South Africa is increasingly recognised for premium wines and world-class wine tourism. Read all the latest news from Wines of South Africa...

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Braai Master takes over the kitchen at Hammer & Tongs, London

By Admin | 17 May 2017

Next month the braai master Jan Braai is jetting into the Big Smoke to take over as Guest Chef at Hammer & Tongs. 

The living legend (he once braai'd for a record breaking 28 hours) and man behind 'National Braai Day' has created a smouldering tasting menu for both special evenings. 

As well as turning & tanning the finest meats on the enormous braai, Jan will also be making his way around the restaurant to chat with everyone

Join us as we celebrate London Food Month! 

Friday 16th June & Saturday 17th June
7pm, £50pp

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Vivat Bacchus teams up with Kaapzicht Estate to support Pebbles Project

By Admin | 15 May 2017

Vivat Bacchus are teaming up with Kaapzicht Estate in their Pebbles Charity Project. From 1st June 2017, 50p from the sale of every bottle of Kaapzicht Estate wine and all Vivat Bacchus own label wine will go towards Kaapzicht Estate’s charity work with the Pebbles Project.

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Join us on 17th June for #DrinkChenin Day

By Admin | 10 May 2017

Drink Chenin Day is taking place on Saturday 17th June and this year we are going to run a Taste & Tweet celebrating this versitile grape variety. If you would like to get involved, please email your full name, delivery address, Twitter handle and date of birth to info at winesofsa dot com. We will send the first 25 entrants a bottle of Chenin Blanc to taste with us on 17th June. All we ask is that you are over 18, live in the UK and please use #DrinkChenin when posting. If you are not on Twitter, we will be posting on Instagram and Facebook too. 

Of course, as it's a Saturday, why not invite some pals around for a Braai (BBQ) and share the fun with good friends and great food.

In addition, we will be showcasing Chenin Blanc on our stand at The Wine Gang tasting - click here for more information and to buy tickets.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

Recently I took part as one of the three judges in a tasting of Chenin Blanc wines from around the world for The World of Fine Wine. This is a high-end wine magazine that's aiming to cover the world's best wines, and in each issue they have reports on a number of focused tastings, and this was one of them.   The good thing about these tastings is that rather than simply produce a group average score (they do this too), they give the scores of each of the three judges. This is interesting because it lets you see where the experienced judges disagree. For me, one of the most interesting things about fine wine is that even experts come to different conclusions, sometimes. In some cases this could be because even the best tasters have off-moments. Tasting blind is tricky and sometimes you just get a wine wrong. But in other cases, experts genuinely disagree. Wine is complex, and even if we try hard, our personal tastes can get in the way when we try to reach a consensus.

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In Susan's glass

I fell in love with South Africa and the wines a few years ago. The recent MasterChef UK final took me right back to a holiday I had there. They went to the same Game Reserve that we stayed at and we also went to Reuben Riffel's restaurant in Franschhoek the night before my friends wedding - it was great to see Reuben as a guest judge too! Watching that episode seemed like the perfect excuse to open this beautiful bottle of Semillon from Boekenhoutskloof. What a delicious wine! 

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