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Champagne growing season ‘worst in decades’

Champagne has had the worst growing season for several decades and the prospects for the 2012 harvest look increasingly bleak. Even with improved weather in the run-up to harvest, expected to start around 20 September, yields will be significantly down on recent years with frost, hail, protracted and uneven flowering and […]


Gallo swoops for Courtside Cellars

Wine giant E&J Gallo is to buy the Courtside Cellars business to feed growing demand for wines from California’s Central Coast. The company said the purchase, for an undisclosed sum, would include Courtside’s 12-year-old winery at San Miguel, capable of crushing 60,000 tons of grapes, along with 34 acres of land […]


WINE.CO.ZA hosts Cape Wine Academy intern

The Department of Tourism and Hospitality launched a program earlier this year with the Cape Wine Academy to train 200 Wine Advisors to make it possible for those without permanent employment to receive on the job training in various sectors of the wine industry.   Damian Africa from Mitchell’s Plain […]


Wine, porn, and journalism

In his 2012 Georgian Wine Guide Malkhaz Kharbedia reports that “the first example of modern Western wine journalism in Georgia” did not appear until 2006, to which wine professionals around the world might have shouted out ecstatically, “Hallelujah!” Or as the current Managing Director of a leading New York City […]


Sphere Foods Announces Opening of South Africa office

Seattle, November 1, 2011:  Sphere Foods today announced the opening of their Cape Town office in South Africa and the appointment of Catherine Dillon as their South African representative. SPHERE FOODS is a resourceful, solution orientated company providing customers with premium quality processed vegetables and fruits. With two decades in […]


The Cape Wine Academy reaches 100 000-student milestone

Since its inception 32 years ago in 1979, over 100 000 students have enrolled for various Cape Wine Academy courses throughout South Africa.  Approximately 50 000 of these students attended various tertiary institutions at which the Cape Wine Academy teaches the wine module. These institutions include cookery and hospitality schools as […]