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Farr Vintners co-founder joins Bordeaux Index

Decanter News - 2. Dezember 2013 - 15:44
Farr Vintners' co-founder Lindsay Hamilton has come out of retirement to join Bordeaux Index as a board director.

Infographic: Brain Food for College Students

Winetimes - 2. Dezember 2013 - 15:00
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Great-grandfather, 92, stopped from buying vodka because he didn`t have ID

Winetimes - 2. Dezember 2013 - 14:00
Some might say war veteran Tony Ball looks younger than his years. But under 18? That’s pushing it. The 92-year-old was stopped from buying alcohol at his local branch of Tesco because didn’t have any ID. The great-grandfather tried to pay for two bottles of vodka but was stunned when a check-out girl asked him [...]

Rietvallei Estate ready for new harvest

Winetimes - 2. Dezember 2013 - 14:00
The coming harvest on the Rietvallei Wine Estate in the Robertson Valley is set to cook, despite a cold, wet and long winter. Kobus Burger, winemaker and managing director of the Rietvallei Estate, where the Burger family has been farming since 1864, believes the 2014 harvest looks promising at this early stage. Rietvallei Estate is one of the [...]

Fleur du Cap teams up with Nataniël at the Oude Libertas Theatre

Winetimes - 2. Dezember 2013 - 13:00
Fleur du Cap wines have paired up with Nataniël, one of South Africa’s iconic, home grown comedians, for two evenings of wine and entertainment at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbbosch on Friday, 13 and Saturday, 14 December 2013. In his latest offering, N PEOPLE (inspired by British pop band, M PEOPLE), Nataniël presents an [...]

Just brew it! Patented home brewing bag shakes up UK beer scene

Winetimes - 2. Dezember 2013 - 13:00
Moonshine Drinks has launched a patented bag that allows drinkers to make 25 pints of beer simply by adding water amidst claims home brewing is the fastest growing hobby in the UK. Home brewing has made a comeback in the UK over the last five years, the company claims, due to the recession and high [...]

Lasagna Cupcakes

Winetimes - 2. Dezember 2013 - 12:06
Layers of meat, cheese, and pasta baked in little lasagna cupcakes. Sink your teeth into these melted cheese and pasta delights. Ingredients 500g ground beef salt and pepper 24 wonton wrappers 1 3/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese 1 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 3/4 cup ricotta cheese 1 cup instant pasta sauce of your choice [...]

Man earns a living travelling the world drinking Guinness

Winetimes - 2. Dezember 2013 - 12:00
Lucky Fergal Murray has the best job on Earth – getting paid to travel the globe drinking Guinness. The master brewer is responsible for the ­quality of every pint that leaves the famous ­Storehouse brewery in Dublin. He also makes sure every sip of the famous drink – brewed in 51 countries worldwide – tastes [...]

Château Suduiraut in China: when wine meets art

Christian Seely's Blog - 19. November 2013 - 4:05
I went to China in October  for an unusual and exceptional event.  I have had the feeling for a couple of years that the time was right for Chinese wine drinkers to discover the great wines of Sauternes. When I first started going to China at the end of the 90s, the wine market was

Effervescent afterthought: The sparkling wine market in China

Grape Wall of China - 5. November 2013 - 12:26
~ By Jim Boyce “Bubbly is a distant competitor to still wines in China, a modest spume in the glass of total consumption, an effervescent afterthought. But as the market grows and more pockets of drinkers move from their typical tipple – notably reds from France – opportunities are increasing for sparkling wine. This has […]

Thurston: Advice for brain surgeons, white wine from red grapes, crocopotamus vino, Parker points, Pinotage & more

Grape Wall of China - 4. November 2013 - 12:31
~ By Jim Boyce During eight-plus years of writing about wine in China, I have learned much from winery owners, winemakers, vineyard managers, importers, distributors, retailers, academics, trade representatives and, notably, fellow consumers. I haven’t done so well with wine educators. Always the optimist, I decided to find an educator for the blog who can […]

Re-wined: Jancis Robinson to run five-part series on fake wine in China

Grape Wall of China - 4. November 2013 - 7:32
~ By Jim Boyce This week UK wine writer Jancis Robinson will start posting a five-part series by Nick Bartman on fake wine in China. Who’s Nick Bartman? An investigator who started The Wine Protection Group a few years ago to encourage industry players to join forces and fight counterfeit wines. He says the plan […]

G Day: Anyone up for Cabernet Gernischt Day?

Grape Wall of China - 31. Oktober 2013 - 10:59
~ By Jim Boyce It seems every grape, like every dog, will have its day.* For Malbec, that date is April 17. For Chardonnay, May 23. Fans of Grenache open their bottles on the third Friday in September while those of Tempranillo will do it November 14 this year. Etc. Given this, it might be […]

Helan yeah! Pernod Ricard’s China wines now available at

Grape Wall of China - 30. Oktober 2013 - 15:07
~ By Jim Boyce The wines Pernod Ricard makes in Ningxia under the lable Helan Mountain are both fruitful and frustrating. On one hand, much of the wine coming from this operation ranks among the best by value, and in some cases overall — try the 2011 ‘Special Reserve’ Chardonnay — in China. On the […]

Grand boo! Zombies, vampires, ghosts and other China wine horrors

Grape Wall of China - 29. Oktober 2013 - 19:31
~ By Jim Boyce My third “Made in China” column for The Beijinger magazine takes a cue from Halloween and looks at vampires, zombies, body-snatchers and other monsters of the China wine scene. Full text below. You can also read it by clicking the image above, using the clearer iPad version here, or picking up […]