Yearly Archives: 2008


Out & About

I was invited to the Rod Stewart show and thought “that old fart, what have I got in common with his music, I don’t even own one of his CD’s”?  Well, 3 days later I bought his compilation CD after realising I knew the words to most of his songs!  […]


Wine Service Course in Southern Suburbs

A wine service course is available in the southern suburbs at the Wanderer Wines training facility, located at Westlake Business Park. The course is offered on two consecutive mornings from 09h00 – 13h00 or as a Fullday course and includes both theory and practical application.  The focus is on wine service within the hospitality industry […]


Didier Dagueneau dies

Didier Dagueneau, one of the greatest Sauvignon Blanc producers in the world, has died in a flying accident at the age of 52. Dubbed ‘one of the greatest winemakers of our generation’ by renowned consultant Denis Dubourdieu, Dagueneau was known worldwide as an outspoken and brilliant winemaker. Unlike many winemakers […]


Building Brand Recognition

In March this year I wrote an article about the 2008 Decanter World Wine Awards and highlighted the importance of winning as it relates to brand recognition. The recent announcement of the DWWA International Trophy winners point to SA success again, this time with a total of six winners covering […]


SA Champion Young Wine winner

Marlene Truter Communications 26 August 2008A Merlot produced by Boland Cellar in Paarl is the best young wine among South Africa’s 2008 crop. The coveted Gen Smuts Trophy was handed to the cellar during a luncheon at Oude Libertas in Stellenbosch today (Thursday 21 August). A total of 2,036 young […]


SA WOMAN WINEMAKER 2008 1

Issued by WATERFORD COMMUNICATIONS Erika Obermeyer from Graham Beck Vineyards in Franschhoek was crowned SA Woman Winemaker of the Year in Somerset West at the Lord Charles Hotel on Thursday 24th Of July. Erika beat a record number of 63 entries in this year’s competition, which is sponsored by the […]