Category Archives: Foodie Drinks

Blending Botanicals with Plymouth Gin

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Master mixologist Rob Wagland is the perfect man for explaining the art and science of gin making. The drinks expert is one of the devotees of the celebrated Plymouth Gin offering a masterclass that gives everyone the chance to craft their own unique spirit. (more…)

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The real story behind Baileys Irish Cream and other great drinks brands

gluckman book comp‘‘That s*it will never sell!’’ is the title of David Gluckman’s autobiographical book that reveals the astonishing working life of one of the greatest innovators in the drinks industry. Just as incredible is that fact David’s career was launched after creating the Baileys liqueur in just 30 seconds… (more…)

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Wine tasting at Plaisir de Merle

Pl de M 1Cape Town Series: One of the highlights of my visit to the Cape Winelands was a visit to one of the most incredibly picturesque and renowned estates of this remarkable wine country.  The great Plaisir de Merle vineyards, that wrap majestically around the dramatic Simonsberg Mountain, can trace its origins to the late 17th century. (more…)

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The Wonderful World of Hendrick’s Gin – and 3 ways to drink it

hendricks report 3The wonderful world of Hendrick’s Gin was compellingly shared by one of the leading authorities of this remarkable spirit at a vibrant tasting evening in the Indian Ocean port city of Dar-es-Salaam recently. (more…)

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The Best of Burgundy Wine Week

Burgundy 1The majestic wines of the region known as Burgundy in English were superbly showcased at London’s magnificent Bourgogne Week once again. This narrow wine region of eastern France, located south-east of Paris, has four contiguous districts (Chablis, Côte d’Or, Côte Chalonnaise, and Mâconnais) and Beaujolais some 70 miles south of the others. (more…)

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Q and A: Ally Martin, Hendrick’s Gin Global Ambassador

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The Global Ambassador for Hendrick’s Gin represents a spirit that has become a legendary brand found in bars across the world. Hendrick’s is now the premium gin of choice for many bartenders all over the globe and it’s the job of Ally Martin, as their inspirational globe-trotting ambassador, to keep the spirit as one of the gin category’s leading players. (more…)

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Calitzdorp: The Port Wine Capital of South Africa

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The small town of Calitzdorp has a big name in the wine industry and can be easily explored by anyone travelling along the Cape Wine Route. (more…)

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Wine tasting at Spier Wine Farm

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It was a real delight to sit down with Jacques Erasmus, Spier’s talented white wine maker, beneath the imposing Heath Nash chandelier — made from 334 recycled Spier wine bottles and weighing 370kgs — which hangs above the tasting area of the Wine Farm in Stellenbosch. (more…)

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Wine tasting at The Brampton Wine Studio

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Cape Town Series: The Brampton Wine Studio, set in the elegant town of Stellenbosch in the heart of South Africa’s Cape Winelands, captures the vitality of the popular wine range full of appealing offerings – and a few surprises. (more…)

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