LIQUID INVESTMENTS: All divisions add to success of Cape wine sector

26 October 2015 • General
THE Cape wine industry splits into three broad divisions: the big (often bulk) wine producers, the estate (or at least site-specific) growers and the rock-star guerillas.

The major wholesalers, the converted co-ops and the (often premium) high volume cellars fall into the first category. The smaller — generally long established wineries — are in the second and the so-called young guns, Young Turks buying in fruit and renting cellar space, make up the third.

Each has its own unique selling proposition: the large wineries manage their production processes so well that they can pretty much guarantee qualities and quantities across vintages. They achieve this less by defaulting to bland ordinariness than by focusing on a wide range of fruit sources. The young guns are edgy: they chase down small blocks of (usually) old vines and handcraft tiny volumes that reflect both site and own theur idiosyncratic production... read more »

Alchemy Wines Hamburger Cook Off this Heritage Day

Alchemy Wines Hamburger Cook Off this Heritage Day
8 September 2015 • General
The entries have been received, reviewed (and sampled) and the best of the best have been selected for this year’s Alchemy Best Home Cooked Burger Competition. And you’re invited to sample what the finalists have come up with! Join the judges on Heritage Day, Thursday, 24 September as you get the chance to sample some of SA’s lip smacking home cooked burgers. 

The six finalists in the Alchemy Wines #Hartenburger competition will battle it out on the day to impress you with their best burgers. The winning burger will be featured on Hartenberg’s Taste at Hartenberg menu for the year.

The six finalists are:
Braam Beyers
Dennis Molewa
Isabella Niehaus
Jan Laubscher 
Maggie Mostert & Hennie Coetzee 
Marelize Grobbelaar

Hartenberg’s very own mouth-watering, signature grass-fed Waygu beef burger will also be available, perfectly paired with the Alchemy SMG. 

And what would a cook off be without the judges. This year’s judging panel includes well-known foodie... read more »

Alchemy Best Home Cooked Burger Competition 2015

Alchemy Best Home Cooked Burger Competition 2015
6 August 2015 • General
‘Rock and roll is the hamburger that ate the world.'

Peter York
 

It is believed that the hamburger first made its appearance in 1896, which was referred to as a ‘hamburger sandwich’. Well, this ‘sandwich’ is still around and today is regarded as a global phenomenon. Hartenberg Wine Estate, set in the heart of the Stellenbosch Winelands, is inviting budding cooks, foodies and anyone who just loves whipping up magical creations in the kitchen to enter the inaugural Alchemy Best Home Cooked Burger Competition 2015.

It’s as easy as 1,2,3!


Simply submit your favourite hamburger recipe;
Together with a picture of your perfect home cooked burger;
And your choice of Alchemy wine that pairs best with your burger.


(see further guidelines in the terms and conditions below)

Together with your entry include a short motivation as to why this wine choice is the perfect match for your recipe. Submit via email to alchemy@hartenbergestate.com... read more »

Wine: how to tell if a wine is faulty, or merely funky

30 June 2015 • General
New-wave wines bring with them a whole new set of challenges

Thursday 29 January 2015

With so many wine bottles now sealed with synthetic corks or screwcaps, you might assume the problem of faulty wines had been eradicated. But, given the simultaneous growth in the popularity of low-sulphur “natural” wines, if anything things have actually got more complicated. Is a wine faulty or merely funky? And when do you have a right to send or take one back?

These days, bottles are rarely “corked” (infected by cork taint) – about 3%, compared with 20% 10 years ago, according to the UK’s largest distributor, Bibendum PLB – and it tends to be pretty obvious when they are: an unpleasant, musty or mouldy smell is a clear indicator that something is wrong. Slightly harder to call is when the wine merely tastes tired and flat, not as fresh or fruity as... read more »

Raising legal drinking age from 18 to 21

Raising legal drinking age from 18 to 21
30 June 2015 • General
More proposed changes coming that will affect the way we all consume and enjoy alcohol in restaurants, clubs and bars.

29 June 2015, Cape Town -


Following an alert by Green Point restaurant, El Burro, it appears there are more problems ahead for liquor licence holders and subsequently, the way we all consume and enjoy alcohol in restaurants, clubs and bars.


What is proposed?

The government has published a national Liquor Policy Review (read the full document here http://www.gov.za/sites/www.gov.za/files/38808_gen446.pdf) which proposes the following changes to current law:


Raising the limit to buy and consume alcohol from 18 to 21 years of age.
Preventing liquor sales from any outlet which is within 500m of a school, place of worship, recreation facilities, rehabilitation or treatment centres, residential areas and public institutions (which would include post offices). Further, no liquor licenses shall be issued to petrol service stations, premises attached to petrol service stations or... read more »
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