The Wild Card: Groovy Grenache
Grenache Noir is the wild card at tastings of the usual suspects from Chenin and Sauvignon blanc to Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Graham Howe finds out more about this hot-blooded Latino variety.
Summer News
We wrapped a very well travelled 2017 with a visit to Tanzania and Zanzibar. Superb wine dinners at the Hyatt and Hilton Doubletree in Dar es Salaam and events on Zanzibar, as well as a magical sunset wine tasting at Livingstone Beachfront, Stone Town. On a mystical sandbank only there because of the full moon tide!
Ken Forrester The FMC 2013 awarded the honour of Winner in the 2018 Vivino Wine Style Awards
Vivino is the most downloaded mobile wine app and its wine community consist of 26 million international users, forming the most extensive wine library.
The FMC achieves highest accolade at Nederburg Auction
At the 43rd Nederburg Auction, Friday 15th September was dedicated to an informal tasting of all the wines, with the exception of the rarest. The FMC 2009 was included in the line-up of formal tutored tastings presented by Roland Peens and Michael Fridjhon.
Why chenin blanc deserves your cellar space
I was asked by a reader to name my favourite white wine. Another one of those desert-island questions. After a few minutes of thinking, I told her I couldn’t answer that, but my favourite grape variety is probably chenin blanc.
Mr Chenin Blanc and three of his must-try South African wines
Widely known as Mr Chenin Blanc, Ken Forrester is a charis­matic and tireless ambassador for South Africa’s unofficial national grape, and his drive and determination have increased international exposure for this underrated variety.
What's happening in South Africa...
When I think about South African wine, I reminisce over my time at last years, Imbibe, Sommelier Wine Awards (SWA).
Wines that wow at the Fifth FNB Free State Wine Show
The fifth FNB Free State Wine Show takes place once again at Emoya Estate in Bloemfontein on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 August. Book your date-night to taste a choice selection from the Cape’s best - from scintillating sparklings and crisp whites to voluptuous reds, Cape Ports and fine brandies in the line-up. Around 40 exhibitors will be on show, several of which are already 2017 award winners.
Mutual Attraction
This was my first OMTWS and a delight to attend. I reflected on the vibrancy, creativity and inventiveness of the South African wine industry. Trophy and Gold winners are adjudged to be World class. The sheer hard work and commitment, investment included, by the owners and winemakers (judges too) were as impressive as humbling.
The Rise of South African Chenin Blanc: Signature Varietal Celebrated on #DrinkChenin 2017
Wines of South Africa (WOSA) USA (, the industry association which promotes the exports of South African wine, is excited to announce participation in the 3rd annual #DrinkChenin Day ( on Saturday June 17, 2017
HQ hosts celebrated Fine Wining Dinner with Kleine Zalze, on 14 June
Now in its 3rd consecutive year, HQ’s celebrated Fine Wining dinners have really set the bar when it comes to food-and-wine pairings in Cape Town, always delivering a fun evening out. On 14 June at 7pm, they will be hosting their latest partnership; with Kleine Zalze.
Ken Forrester Wines: 2017 BCX SuperSport Shootout
A celebration of talent - come rain or shine!
The Chenin Kings On The Beach
Graham Howe reports on the first major tasting of the year - The Magic of Chenin Blanc - a showcase for consumers held in Cape Town in April.
Flying high with Piwosa - A unique first for South African wine in Asia
Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (Piwosa), a collective of like-minded, privately owned premium wineries, is about to grab the attention of Asian markets by working together to raise the bar for the reputation of South African wines, when a first of its kind roadshow by an independent group kicks off in Asia this April.
Ken Forrester Wines: A collaboration of wine, flowers and fine art
Wander around works of art and floral compositions, beautifully displayed in our world of wine. An exhibition outside our cosy cellar door, under the oak trees, surrounded by views of the vineyards and the Helderberg Mountain.
2017 Getaway Best Value Wine Awards
In these tough economic times, everyone is looking for a bargain; for a way of getting more value for their hard-earned rands.
Wine of the Month at Ken Forrester
The Petit Range is our wine of the month at Ken Forrester.
2017 SA Wine & Cellar Classifications confirm who's (still) on top form
Based on the best track records in 28 local and international forums for the assessment of wine quality and interest value over the past 10 years, the South African Wine & Cellar Classifications celebrate the country's leading outfits - those who are regularly on top form, their product judged top-notch again and again, year after year.
Wine Press: 6 delicious, low calorie white wines under $13
Years ago, Miller Lite used to have ads featuring fans of the beer arguing over what was the best thing about it.
Wines of the year (5) South African stars
I’m continuing the theme of wines of the year. This year I tasted a lot of very good South African wines, both on my three visits, and also in London. These are the ones I liked the most, out of a very strong selection. These are seriously good wines.
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