Eat

I find happiness in an honest meal. Whether it's a simple pasta or an exquisite risotto, a perfectly cooked steak or an intricately prepared curry, all great dishes are a seamless blend of ingredients and indulgence, of style and substance.

Drink

Many poets have waxed philosophical about the values and virtues of wine, about its power and principles, its joy and attraction.

Travel

Travel isn't about the destination; it's about the journey. It is about the people and places you meet along the way.

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As I crisscross the globe I often discover innovative wine products, new gadgets or the perfect gift for wine lovers; and so I have created a collection of Wine Portfolio merchandise.

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Wine can sometimes seem complicated and intimidating but it doesn't have to be. Wine should bring joy not stress and you don't have to be an expert to learn to love wine.

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Cape Town: Blend of splendour, fine dining and rich history

April 23, 2015 2:09 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat

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South Africa is a land of stark contrasts. A mosaic of many races, cultures and peoples, it carries a rich heritage that packs powerful names like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi, complete with a socio-political heritage that is unmatched anywhere in the world. The “Rainbow Nation” is a functional democracy whose President Jacob Zuma is under… read more

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What oak brings to your wine: Tannin, flavors, aromas

April 21, 2015 2:14 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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The ancient Celts were a people of the forest. They used a lot of wood in their daily lives, for housing, cookery and art. Sometime around the 5th century B.C., they came up with an ingenious new way with wood; they formed it into barrels, for storing liquids such as water, ale and, eventually, when this… read more

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Stellenbosch, South Africa – Wine and Landscapes

April 16, 2015 2:00 pm - Posted by Jody in Travel

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Stellenbosch offers scenic landscapes, great architecture, fine dining and a wine culture steeped in history. Demola Ojo was at the heart of the Cape Winelands, South Africa’s premium wine region… South Africa’s position as one of the leading tourist destinations in Africa is a result of the myriad of experiences on offer for the intending traveler.… read more

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Poor grape harvest leads to slump in German wine exports

April 14, 2015 1:49 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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Dusseldorf (dpa) – A relatively poor grape harvest in Germany led to disappointing wine export sales in 2014, the German Wine Institute (DWI) announced ahead of an international wine and spirits fair that starts Monday in Dusseldorf. German wine producers exported 120 million litres of wine worth 315 million euros (339 million dollars) in 2014, a… read more

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Wines displayed in la Bordeauxthéque at its grand opening party, in the newly-launched French department store Galeries Lafayette, in Beijing on Feb 27, 2014. [Photo/chinadaily.com.cn] Wine consumption in China rose by 5.6 percent last year compared with 2013, despite a gloomy political and economic situation for the market, a research report said on Wednesday. A total… read more

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How It Feels To Get Drunk On ‘Hangover-Free’ Red Wine

April 7, 2015 1:43 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

In my line of work there are a few perks, and testing out a wine that reduces the dreaded “red-wine headache” is surely one of them. Although I would not go as far to say that Veglio Michelino & Figlio’s low-histamine wine is absolutely hangover-resistant, it did certainly make for a better drinking experience. What Are… read more

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Niagara wines anchor Vintages release

April 3, 2015 3:09 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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The latest Vintages release weaves a rich tapestry of wines to choose from, and for some unknown reason, not as many dogs showed up this time. The wines that wagged my tail are highlighted in my bottle reviews. These five represent affordable luxury and beat out dozens of other contenders for value. I am delighted to… read more

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The World’s Best Selling Beers by Country

March 30, 2015 7:12 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

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Humble snack goes gourmet in Spain

February 6, 2015 3:31 pm - Posted by Jody in Eat
Long taken for granted as a mere bar snack, Spain’s humble tapas have graduated from the neighborhood cafe to the realm of haute cuisine. Long taken for granted as a mere bar snack, Spain’s humble tapas have graduated from the neighborhood cafe to the realm of haute cuisine. Inspired by their simplicity and versatility, top Miche-lin-starred… read more
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China’s drinks sector suffers New Year hangover

February 3, 2015 3:29 pm - Posted by Jody in Drink

Jody may not be the world’s biggest fan of baijiu but our Editors track liquor and wine consumption in China very closely. The Middle Kingdom has become the new epicenter of wine consumption and a slow down here could have effect far and wide.Fortunately many new e-commerce channels are opening n China so we’re pretty excited t see what kind of pioneering online wine sales will come from the likes of Alibaba and more.

Although 2015 has so far started on a relatively positive note for China’s drinks industry with a slight increase in stock prices, the nation’s baijiu sector remains sluggish. A visitor inspects liquor products at a recent wine and spirits trade fair in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province. Apart from Moutai, which saw 2 percent growth in… read more
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