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South African wines are grown in one of the world's most special places – with ancient soils, two oceans, soaring mountains and unparalleled natural beauty. The South African winelands are renowned for their breathtaking scenery and the wines are as full of variety as the myriad of cultures that form this Rainbow Nation.

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Happy 10th Birthday to The Pebbles Project

By Claudia | 8 December 2014

This year, the Pebbles Project celebrates it's 10th birthday. The charity, set up by Sophie Warner, has changed the lives of children and families in our winelands. This year, with the new health clinic open and ready for business, it is clear that Sophie and her dedicated team will keep pushing to improve the education, health and welfair of the children and families in the Cape Winelands. We know that the charity will continue it's good work for many years to come and in the run up to Christmas we urge you to help them continue their amazing work. Find out more about the Pebbles Project in our recent blog here

Platter 5 star wines announced

By Admin | 28 October 2014

The Platter five star wines have just been announced and we would like to congratulate the wineries listed below that have all recieved a 5 star rating for one or more of their wines. Congratulations also to Sadie Family Wines, voted as Winery of the Year for the second time. 

Care to taste

By Admin | 23 October 2014

Following the success of last year's event, Starfish is hosting another wine tasting on Thursday 13th November 2014.

Legendary wine writer Dave Hughes will introduce the evening and guests will enjoy a wonderful selection of wines and cheese from around the world. You will learn how to pair wine with food and there will be a fun team quiz to put your knowledge to the test.

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From Jamie Goode

Jamie Goode

So we’re in December. How did that happen? Soon it will be time to write about our resolutions and plans for 2015, but for now, it’s time to look back. With this in mind, I thought it would be fun to list my top 10 South African wines of 2014. I have tasted a lot of wines this year, and so making this sort of list is very hard if you think too much about it. In the end, I just went with the criteria of putting together a list of the wines that I enjoyed the most, that I’d most like to have on a table in front of me now, and also a list that showed a bit of balance. I’m not pretending that this is the ultimate list of the best wines – it would be far too hard to put this list together. And if you are a winemaker or an agent and your wine isn’t here, let me reassure you that I could have pulled together a list from a selection of 40 or 50 wines and it would have looked just as good. I just had to make a decision! I apologise for the fact that many of these wines will have sold out and thus are really hard to get hold of. There’s such a lot of interest in the top wines that you sometimes have to jump on release or miss out. A shame. So, in no particular order, my top 10.

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In Dawn Coventry's glass

Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut NV: Well, if I had to sum this wine up in one word it would be WOW! As a huge fan of fizz my expectations were high and if I am honest, I was expecting to be disappointed. How wrong could I be - this wine is one of the BEST I have tasted and at a fraction of the price. A MAJOR thumbs up from me!

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