Recent happenings

discover our journey of exploration, challenge and new experiences.

August 12, 2019

The wine people

Years ago at a well known wine event in Durban, a friend made a comment about the people behind the wine, or as he called them, "the wine people" - in essence, that they were all interesting, engaging, opinionated yet down to earth, and generally just bloody nice. Recent months have seen many wine makers visit the greater Durban area, providing an opportunity to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. Each shared some pearls of wisdom or reminded me of previously learnt lessons.

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March 29, 2019

Our wine mojo

Special wine finds and new discoveries are generally hard to come by, and, at the risk of generalisation, in KZN we tend to go for "safe" varietals. So the mojo behind our wine choices in The 'Other' Room is clear: we aim to bring wine lovers in our corner of the world extraordinary South African wines, introduce the pioneers who are blazing new trails, and encourage winos to challenge themselves, step out of their comfort zone and try something new. While always striving to provide good value.

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September 30, 2018

I hate Burgundy

This (somewhat deliberately controversial) statement raised a few eyebrows at a recent wine tasting. Fact is, a trip to Burgundy some years ago left me unimpressed with the wines though moved by an extraordinary cellar and tasting experience. As always with wine, I have recently had to challenge my own prejudice. South African wine makers are creating fascinating Pinot Noirs worth exploring, especially as summer approaches. Sometimes all it takes is to keep trying previously dismissed options!

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August 24, 2018

Wine, women and song

It's Women's month, and what better opportunity to celebrate women in the wine industry, which remains male dominated. The ladies who are tackling the industry are making a rather big splash, innovating and breaking new ground. Join me as I explore the illusive and hard to decribe feminine touch found in recent tastings, feature two inriguing ladies and their wines, and once again tackle the issue of preconceived notions when deciding what to drink!

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August 19, 2018

Love the wine you're with

Wine is serious business. Wine can be so bloody intimidating! But the pomp and ceremony can most definitely serve to discourage, even ruin friendships, and what good is that? Join me for a lighthearted look at wine "enjoyment" as I share some of the most valuable lessons I've learnt on my wine journey to date.

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All rights reserved.

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398 & 445 Main Rd, Ballito, 4420

Tel: 032 648 0032
Email: info@blackstrapcraft.com

© 2018 Blackstrap Craft Distillery (Pty) Ltd. All rights reserved.
Unit 55A, Ballito Lifestyle Centre, 398 & 445 Main Rd, Ballito, 4420
Tel: 032 648 0032    |    Email: info@blackstrapcraft.com