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Slow, sweet road to brilliant brandy

Van Ryn's 12-year-old Distillers Reserve competed with more than 7,000 entries and won the Worldwide Brandy trophy at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London last year. It was the 12th time a local brandy had scooped the top prize in the past 15 years...

By Eugene Yiga

BMi Research sorghum beer report in South Africa - BMi Research
BMi Research sorghum beer report in South Africa

Recent findings released by BMi Research reveal that the sorghum beer market in South Africa has been steadily declining over the past three years...

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Sale of leading brands likely as beer giants make deal easier to swallow

SABMiller would probably need to sell top European brands Peroni and Grolsch to gain competition authority approval for its proposed merger with Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), the parties said yesterday...

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Kanonkop's Abrie Beeslaar announced world's top winemaker

NEWSWATCH: For the second time, Kanonkop cellarmaster Abrie Beeslaar was announced as Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) gala award ceremony held in London on Thursday, 26 November...

Non-traditional beer drinkers are drinking more beer, says Bierfest organiser
Non-traditional beer drinkers are drinking more beer, says Bierfest organiser

Thirsty South Africans are increasingly quenching their craving on craft beers. So much so that by 2017 predictions are that 18 million litres will be lapped up by consumers, as microbreweries malt and mash their way to increased market share...

Distell named Distiller of the Year for 2015
Distell named Distiller of the Year for 2015

Distell has been judged the International Wine & Spirit Competition's (IWSC) Distiller of the Year for 2015. This is the second time the Stellenbosch-based company has triumphed against famous-name whisky, whiskey and cognac producers across Europe, North America and Asia...

SAB launches Carling Blue Label
SAB launches Carling Blue Label

SAB has launched Carling Blue Label, SAB's first single malt variety beer, which comes with a rich malty flavour, a subtle yet complex aroma and a smooth finish...

Dinner with Style comes to Cape Town
Dinner with Style comes to Cape Town

The entrepreneurial fashion duo behind The Good Sir, Theo Ngobeni and Zano Sithetho, recently brought their Dinner with Style series - which was launched in Sandton in July - to Cape Town.

Non-alcoholic alternative to wine launches countrywide
Non-alcoholic alternative to wine launches countrywide

Zari, a non-alcoholic alternative to wine, is launching Zari Lifestyle, its 750ml bottle, in Pick n Pay stores across the country this week...

J.C. Le Roux launches new limited edition
J.C. Le Roux launches new limited edition

With the new limited edition J.C. Le Roux Chrysalis Collection, each individual sparkling wine has been transformed with beautifully designed foils and ribbons adorned with butterflies, birds, enchanted forests and flowers to represent new life...

J.C. Le Roux launches festive season gift pack
J.C. Le Roux launches festive season gift pack

J.C. Le Roux has launched a special edition J.C. Le Roux Scintilla 2008, presented in a cylindrical gift pack that doubles up as a cooler to keep the prestige cuvée perfectly chilled. Just add ice to the tube...

Nedbank Green Wine Awards winners announced
Nedbank Green Wine Awards winners announced

A substantial number of Cape producers continue to lead the way globally, actively conserving part of their land and minimising their agricultural footprint while making enjoyable - and often impressive - wines...

Krone unveils new twist-open-and-close cork
Krone unveils new twist-open-and-close cork

Krone has introduced a new way to enjoy all that defines Krone, with the release of Krone Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2015 and the Helix Concept...

Belvedere reveals limited edition James Bond vodka
Belvedere reveals limited edition James Bond vodka

Belvedere vodka has revealed the Belvedere 007 SPECTRE limited editions in celebration of its partnership with the 24th Bond adventure, SPECTRE, due for release in the UK on 26 October, 2015 and in the US on 6 November 2015...

Distell takes the lion's share at the Veritas Awards
Distell takes the lion's share at the Veritas Awards

Brandies produced by Distell have garnered the most accolades at the Veritas Awards, taking home a haul of medals...

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J.C. Le Roux's Gold Medal winner released

The new Scintilla vintage - the signature Méthode Cap Classique from The House of J.C. Le Roux - which recently won a Gold Medal at the 2015 Veritas Awards, has just been released...

Legacy gives brand the edge
Legacy gives brand the edge

The increased affluent levels in the country - and even the continent - have given rise to a higher uptake of luxury brands. Single malt whisky is one of these brands, as proved by the fact that it is ahead of the total category growth...

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Carrol Boyes wins Best MCC at the Michelangelo Wine Awards
Carrol Boyes wins Best MCC at the Michelangelo Wine Awards

The Carrol Boyes Limited Edition Pinot Noir Chardonnay 2011 Méthode Cap Classique has won Best MCC of the Year at the 2015 Michelangelo Wine Awards...

Rare Frank Sinatra commemorative Jack Daniel's Whiskey comes to SA
Rare Frank Sinatra commemorative Jack Daniel's Whiskey comes to SA

The Jack Daniel Distillery has announced the release of Jack Daniel's Sinatra Century, the brand's latest collaboration with the Sinatra family to celebrate the day that Frank would've turned 100 years old...

Three Ships launches limited edition
Three Ships launches limited edition

Three Ships Whisky has launched a rare single cask single malt whisky to showcase the extraordinary whisky crafted at The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington...

Disaronno and Roberto Cavalli redesign limited edition
Disaronno and Roberto Cavalli redesign limited edition

Disaronno, the Italian liqueur, has a new look for the holiday season as designed by Roberto Cavalli...

SABMiller rejects AB InBev offer, opening door for hostile takeover
SABMiller rejects AB InBev offer, opening door for hostile takeover

The board of SABMiller on Wednesday rejected a buyout proposal from Anheuser-Busch InBev that would have created the world's single largest beer brewer by volume...

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SABMiller group net producer revenue hit by currency movements
SABMiller group net producer revenue hit by currency movements

SABMiller (SAB) on Tuesday reported a decline in interim revenue as key operating currencies depreciated against the US dollar...

Smirnoff celebrates spring with the launch of two new flavours
Smirnoff celebrates spring with the launch of two new flavours

Smirnoff trialled two new flavours at the Spring Fiesta held at the Wild Waters Complex in Ekurhuleni over the weekend...

Bulleit Bourbon launched in SA
Bulleit Bourbon launched in SA

Bulleit Bourbon was introduced to South Africans for the first time at the World Class House earlier this month, in a tasting session led by the brand's founder, Tom Bulleit...

More Gold for Van Ryn's
More Gold for Van Ryn's

Van Ryn's has won a Double Gold for its Collector's Reserve 20 year old and a Gold for its Distillers Reserve 12 year old at the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards, which give local and international brands the opportunity to be judged by an international panel of drinks experts.

Hat-trick of Double Golds for Durbanville Hills wines
Hat-trick of Double Golds for Durbanville Hills wines

Three Durbanville Hills wines received the Grand d'Or (Double Gold) at the 2015 Michelangelo International Wine Awards: the 2015 Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc, the 2014 Rhinofields Noble Late Harvest, and the 2013 Durbanville Hills Cabernet Sauvignon...

Piper-Heidsieck expands SA range
Piper-Heidsieck expands SA range

Piper-Heidsieck has expanded its range in South Africa with the introduction of two new variants, available from December 2015, and is offering the famous Christian Louboutin stiletto tasting flute as a complimentary gift to customers on purchase. T&Cs apply...

Ten-year celebration Grappa released by Dalla Cia
Ten-year celebration Grappa released by Dalla Cia

A signature 10-year celebration Grappa, distilled in 2004 and left to mature in barrel for a decade, has been released to mark the 10th anniversary of the Dalla Cia Wine & Spirit Company...

Ballantine's launches the Space Glass
Ballantine's launches the Space Glass

Ballantine's has created a Space Glass that is engineered to work in microgravity, with the assistance of James Parr who is convinced it heralds a new era of open-source space design and a landmark for the future of whisky...

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