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Record entries received for the 18th Michelangelo Awards

“It’s been an absolutely magnificent year for Michelangelo,” says Lorraine Immelman, founder and owner of the Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards, “not only have we had an all-time record number of entries - 1,730 in total from 322 producers – but 2014 has also been a year of ‘firsts’!”
23 September 2014
FireColumn Communication
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Love Cab Sauv and Sauv Blanc? This is the event for you!

Wine Concepts will host their 12th exclusive Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon Festival at The Vineyard Hotel in September
23 September 2014
Wine Concepts
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Giuliana Rancic's New Signature Brand of Wine is "Geared Toward Women Like Me"

Giuliana Rancic's dream come true is also, we have to say, pretty ingenious. It at least qualifies as a majorly welcome life hack.
23 September 2014
Natalie Finn, eonline
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Vote for the Groote Post Game Drive in the 2014 Klink Wine Tourism Awards

It’s time for the third ‘Klink’ Wine Tourism Awards and Groote Post’s ever popular Game Drive is a nominee in the category‘Award for Most Unusual Attraction on a Wine Route’– the category celebrating a destination that offers a unique selling point attracting wine tourists to the farm.
23 September 2014
Groote Post
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Allan Mullins Receives Legacy Award for his Role in Cap Classique Industry

Allan Mullins, Cape Wine Master and well-known wine consultant to Woolworths, is the first recipient of the Frans Malan Legacy Award which was presented at the recent Amorim Cap Classique Challenge in Cape Town.
23 September 2014
Simonsig Estate
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A Heavenly Blend of the Pinotage Family from Paradyskloof

It had to happen sometime: A blended wine made from Pinotage as well as its two parent varieties – Pinot Noir and Cinsaut - has just been released under Vriesenhof Vineyards’ Paradyskloof label.
23 September 2014
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M’hudi Wines: a growing black-owned family wine business

M’Hudi Wines was the first black-owned, family-managed wine farm in South Africa. We speak to CEO Malmsey Rangaka about the journey this family has taken from being academics to wine producers
23 September 2014
Buhle Ndweni, Destiny
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Brewery launches ‘Champagne beer’

A British brewing company has launched what it describes as a “Champagne-style” sparkling beer.
23 September 2014
Lauren Eads, The Drinks Business
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Veritas tastings: A chance to taste the best

Wine lovers, here’s a chance to sip and savour South Africa’s top-performing double gold and gold winning wines at the 2014 Veritas tastings.
23 September 2014
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Silver for Kanu at IWSC 2014

Kanu Wines is proud to announce the recent success at the IWSC (International Wine and Spirits Compeition) 2014.
23 September 2014
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Five emerging wine tourism destinations

When it comes to wine-themed tourism, certain destinations come to mind immediately: France’s Rhone Valley, Australia’s Yarra Valley, California’s Napa Valley. But great wines are also made where you may least expect them. Here’s the lowdown on wine production in five unexpected destinations, many of which are already popular among tourists for other reasons.
23 September 2014
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Stellenbosch a Forever Young Town

During September, fondly celebrated as Heritage and Tourism Month, one cannot think of a better place to get a real cultural fix than South Africa’s second oldest town, Stellenbosch – the historical City of Oaks which thrives as a forever young destination, where a rich heritage charms in contemporary fashion.
23 September 2014
Stellenbosch 360
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Grande Provence Pinot Noir - a sublime summer red

Treat yourself to the sun soaked flavours of Grande Provence Pinot Noir 2013 this summer. Served slightly chilled, this new release made from 100% Franschhoek grapes, teems with luscious red berry fruit making it an idyllic summer wine.
22 September 2014
Grande Provence
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New Wine Industry Direct to Customer Research

Direct to Customer Benchmarking 2014 Survey is now underway. The survey is designed to measure this most profitable path to market for wine producers.
22 September 2014
Peter McAtamney
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Is there a North/South divide in the SA wine world?

According to Miguel Chan, group sommelier of Tsogo Sun Hotels, 50% of all money spent on wine throughout the entire group is spent within a 5km radius of Sandton.
22 September 2014
Cathy Marston
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