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Best of the Year 2014

As the year draws to a close, here's a wee list of some of my favorite wine moments of the year.
22 December 2014
Shante Hutton
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Tasting notes – a cynic’s guide to deciphering back labels and more.

Paint the picture, tell the story – these are buzz words when it comes to selling wine and on the whole, I think it’s the best way to go. People like to buy wine from people, to feel they are drinking something with heart and passion, in essence – a wine that comes as a gift, from the winemaker, straight into your glass with love.
22 December 2014
Cathy Marston
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Outlook for 2015: Stable Global Demand with Advantages for Wines from Cool Climates

Wine consumption in traditional producer countries may be dropping but wine is becoming ever more popular especially in Asia and North America. While the trend towards sustainable wine cultivation and wines from cool climates is continuing, winegrowers in many countries are experimenting with sulphur-free “natural wines” and wines from clay amphorae.
22 December 2014
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Christmas dishes for festive bubbles

Impress your family and friends over the holidays with these sparkling wine and food pairings
22 December 2014
Shante Hutton
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The year of the big chef shake-out

The Stellenbosch winelands again dominated the Eat Out Restaurant Awards in 2014, taking seven of the top twenty nominations. Graham Howe tastes the trends.
22 December 2014
Graham Howe
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Unlock wine tourism potential – expert

South Africa has the wine quality & innovative offerings to be at the forefront of wine tourism, but cooperation is required to reach a common goal & to take the industry to the next level. So says Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold, tourism specialist and CEO of Destinate, who has been contracted to facilitate the implementation of the Wine Industry Strategic Exercise (Wise) wine tourism project.
22 December 2014
Edo Heyns, WineLand
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2014 Highlights on the tasting circuit

In a grand setting, high atop Paardeberg on the dividing line between the vineyards of the Swartland and Paarl, Vondeling unveiled its Méthode Ancestrale Rurale 2013, a brand-new category of sparkling wine in SA made in the Blanquette de Limoux style.
22 December 2014
Graham Howe
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You are what you drink; or is it in your stars ?

Could it be possible that our wine preferences are based on genetic dispositions?
22 December 2014
Dave March
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