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Best of the Sommeliers

Best of the Sommeliers
© Cape Times Friday 15th January 2016 I’m not quite sure yet what 2016 will be the Year Of (I’d like to think it would be the Year of the Falling Rand – here’s hoping) but I’m fairly certain that 2015 was the Year of the Sommelier. The official definition of a sommelier is “A restaurant employee who orders and maintains the wines sold in the restau...
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Popping Bottles & Cathy’s Top 5 of the Year

Popping Bottles & Cathy’s Top 5 of the Year
© Cape Times Thursday 31st December 2015 Were you at the Nederburg Auction this year? If so, you’d have heard the brilliant UK wine journalist Robert Joseph talking about how to sell more wine. One idea which I particularly remember, mostly because it was so simple, was to put your wine in a box. He was talking about sales of wine at duty-free shop...
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Fruitful families

Fruitful families
© Cape Times Friday 13th November 2015 I’ve been thinking a lot about friends and family these past weeks, partly from personal circumstances, but also because a couple of recent events have reinforced the importance of both within the SA wine industry. This industry (like every other industry) is all about money – we all know that – dictating what...
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Celebrating bubbles

Celebrating bubbles
© Cape Times Friday 30th October 2015 I’ve had a very bubbly last few weeks.The Amorim MCC Challenge results came out (congrats to all winners), the Nederburg Auction served one of my favourite fizzes, Scintilla, non-stop to very thirsty guests, Avondale’s Armilla won a major international award and two icons of the SA world of bubbles celebrated S...
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Restaurant Mosaic announces the winner of its Sommelier Protege Bursary Programme

Restaurant Mosaic announces the winner of its Sommelier Protege Bursary Programme
Veronica Nomphelo Plaatjies, who will also be representing Team SA in France next month is the winner of the three year Restaurant Mosaic Sommelier Protégé Bursary and was selected from a search held nationwide in conjunction with the South African Wine Tasting Championships (SAWTC). The Restaurant Mosaic Sommelier Protégé Program annually offers a...
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