* SABMiller has announced that it is selling its 40% stake in Tsogo Sun Holdings, worth R11,7 billion, writes the New York Times. The company is the second largest beer brewer in the world. Tsogo Sun Holdings owns 90 hotels, 14 casinos and resorts, and a number of restaurants and cinemas.
* The Cape Winemakers’ Guild members have done well in the recent Decanter Awards, winning a total of eight trophies, four international trophies and four regional ones: Frans Smit of Spier Wines won an International Trophy for Best Rhone Varietal under £15 for the Creative Block 3, and regional trophies for Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc 2012 as best local Chenin Blanc, and for Spier 21 Gables Pinotage 2011, Best local Single Varietal Red over £15. Carl Schultz of Hartenberg won the International Trophy for Best Bordeaux Varietal under £15 for his Hartenberg Cabernet Sauvignon 2010; Gary Jordan of Jordan Wines won the International Trophy for Best Chardonnay for his Chardonnay 2013; and Andries Burger of Paul Cluver Estate won best International Trophy for his Sauvignon Blanc 2013. David Nieuwoudt of Cederberg won the regional trophy for Best local Red Rhône Varietal over £15 for his Shiraz 2011, and Miles Mossop won a regional trophy for Best local Sauvignon Blanc over £15 for his Tokara Reserve Collection Sauvignon Blanc 2013. (received via media release from GC Communications)
* Muratie is hosting a Mini Port Festival in conjunction with Juvenal Corks on 27 July, the top 10 local port producers offering tastings of their brands. Von Geusau chocolates will also be offering tastings, while the Muratie Farm Kitchen will offer meals. Port was first made at Muratie in the ‘Forties. Cost is R80. (received via media release from Hazell PR and Wine Consultants)
* Durbanville Hills Wines is hosting an international travel tasting series over an eight week period on Wednesday evenings, commencing on 16 July. The concept for the international travel evenings comes from cellar master Martin Moore, who travels around the world with his wines, and is exposed to the cuisines of the countries he visits. Martin as well as white wine maker Gunther Kellerman or red wine maker Wilhelm Coetzee will be present at the international dinners, and will introduce wines from the theme country for the week. France is the first country to be featured, followed by New Zealand, Peru, Spain, Asia, South Africa, the Middle East, and USA. At R280, a welcome drink, dinner, winetasting, coffee, and a sweet treat is offered. (received via media release from De Kock Communications)
* Krone has launched Night Nectar 2011 Demi-sec Cap Classique, a sweeter version of its Cap Classique. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend is made from grapes harvested at night. (received via media release received from Hazell PR and Wine Consultants)
* Van Loveren has launched a 5% alcohol content Four Cousins FIVER range, a fruit-flavoured drink made from Four Cousins wine, our country’s largest selling bottled wine brand. The brand is available in 340ml bottles, and in flavours named Black, Blush, Bold, Cool, and Crush. (received via media release from Smart Communications & Events)
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