Archive for September, 2009


Bands are normally not associated with wines. But this has been proven wrong as popular South African band ,The Parlotones, has launched their own wine brand. They follow in the footsteps of other rockers who also have their own wine labels. These wine rockers include:  Sting, Dave Matthews, Vince Neil (Motley Crew’s lead singer) and Mick Hucknall from Simply Red.

The Parlotones recently celebrated the launch of their own wine called Giant Mistake. No, really. That’s really what it’s called. It’s named after the first single off the band’s 2007 album A World Next Door To Yours.

Source: tonight.co.za


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SA celebrate

Bring out the Champagne because South Africa is having a great sports year as we conquered the British and Irish Lions, the Tri-Nations and the Cricket Aussies Down Under. Have you ever wondered where celebrating sport victories with wine started? Back in the ancient Olympics. Serious .

Celebrating an athletic or sport victory with wine or Champagne is not a recent phenomenon. Legend has it that as far back as the ancient Olympiads, Calabrian athletes celebrated victories by drinking Ciro wine, making Ciro wine one of the oldest existing wines.


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Mad Men and 30 Rock led a pack of Emmy winners who successfully defended their titles at Sunday’s show, while Australian Toni Collette of United States of Tara was honoured as best lead actress in a comedy series for her role as a mother with multiple personalities.

Wow, this is insanely confronting,” said a beaming Collette. She thanked series creator Diablo Cody, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno.

AMC’s glossy 1960s Madison Avenue saga Mad Men, which in 2008 became the first basic cable show to win a top series award, won the best drama trophy for a second time.

“It is an amazing time to work in TV,” said Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner. “And, I know that everything is changing, but I’m not afraid of it because I feel like all these different media is just more choice and more entertainment. It’s better for the viewers in the end and I’m glad to be a part of it.”

NBC’s 30 Rock, a satirical take on life inside a TV variety show, was honoured for the third time as best comedy series, while star Alec Baldwin won his second award as best comedy actor.

Consecutive trophies

“We want to thank our friends at NBC for keeping us on the air… even though we are so much more expensive than a talk show,” said 30 Rock creator and star Tina Fey, referring to Jay Leno’s new daily prime-time comedy show, which NBC likes to note is cheaper to produce than a scripted series.

Baldwin, accepting his acting trophy for 30 Rock from Brothers & Sisters star Rob Lowe, joked: “I’ll be honest with you. I’d trade this to look like him.”

Glenn Close’s performance as a ruthless trial attorney on Damages and Bryan Cranston’s turn as a meth-making, cancer-stricken teacher on Breaking Bad were honoured with the top drama series acting Emmys, the second consecutive trophies for both.

Australian Hugh Jackman won for his opening musical performance for the Oscars awards show.

In the night’s biggest surprise victory, Collette deprived Fey of 30 Rock of winning a second consecutive award in the category. Collette had previously been nominated for an Emmy, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, but had never won.

Fey took the stage a few moments later to acknowledge a guest actor award she received for her Sarah Palin impersonation on Saturday Night Live.

Close called it a “huge privilege” to be part of entertainment community, then tweaked her show’s writers.

Her role is “maybe the character of my lifetime, depending on what they do this season,” Close said.

Presenter Ricky Gervais razzed the Emmycast, which in recent years has had eroding viewership. He noted a joke was “just for the 5 000 people in this room not for the 5 000 people watching at home”.

Michael Emerson, who plays the cruelly devious Ben on Lost, and Cherry Jones, the stalwart US president on 24, were honoured as best supporting actors in drama series.

“Wowza,” Jones said. Emerson accepted his award for what he called “the role of my lifetime”.

Read more on News24

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TV series are the new blockbusters. Sunday night’s Emmy Awards honours the top small-screen stars of 2009. The main prize is always the Best Drama Series and it seems that Lost and Mad Men are the favourites.

Is there a show in the history of television that has even attempted the scope of Lost? It’s safe to say that the average Emmy voter doesn’t have the patience of the multitude of rabid Lost fans out there, so Mad Men it is for the second year in a row. The period drama just oozes class – it’s a clear winner.

Who must win the Best Drama Emmy.  Big Love, Damages, Dexter, House, Lost or Mad Men?

For all the nominees visit: channel24.com

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Keith Floyd was a pioneer in TV cooking and from the mid eighties he was one of the most entertaining TV chefs. He loved his wine with a meal and he really had a knack for presenting food preparation and travel as a TV combo.

The biggest names in TV cooking have paid tribute to the pioneer of the modern show, Keith Floyd, who has died after a heart attack at the age of 65.

Jamie Oliver said Floyd had been “not just one of the best, he was the best television chef”, and Nigel Slater said his shows had been “a joy to watch”.

Floyd found fame in the 1980s, hosting shows filmed around the world with wine-glass in hand and huge enthusiasm.

He enjoyed a last meal of oysters, shrimp and partridge, with champagne.

Heston Blumenthal said he had forever “changed the path” of food programmes.

His eccentric, often shambolic style of presentation endeared him to millions of viewers worldwide.

“Keith Floyd was responsible for helping to break down many of the barriers of cooking,” said Slater.

“His freeform, somewhat casual style at the stove made cooking look easy, and encouraged people to have a go.”

Floyd was born in Somerset and opened his first restaurant, Floyd’s Bistro, in Bristol, at the age of 22.

Years later, it was while running another establishment near the BBC studios in the city that Floyd was discovered by television producer David Pritchard.

Their 1985 series, Floyd on Fish, was an instant hit, and subsequent series took the chef all over the world.

The programmes were ground-breaking at the time for taking the cooking out of a studio, but it was Floyd’s wine-fuelled flamboyance that viewers loved.

Floyd wrote more than 20 books, many of them best-sellers. His autobiography, Stirred But Not Shaken, is due to be published next month.

Co-author James Steen said: “He was a very generous man, he was very kind and extremely sharp and witty.

“He knew how to eat well and he was able to convey that. He was a genius at what he did.”

Gordon Ramsay called Floyd “a true original, a natural performer and a superb cook”.

Source: BBC

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Our Douglas Green Chardonnay 2008 won a Double Gold Medal at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards.

Douglas Green, the enigmatic South African wineland character and a household name among wine-lovers world-wide, has shown that popularity does not have to detract from quality when it comes to making fine wine.

The Douglas Green Chardonnay 2008 finds itself in illustrious company as the owner of a Double Gold Medal courtesy of this year’s Michelangelo International Wine Awards held in Somerset-West over the week-end where only 52 of the 1,500 wines entered won Double Gold.

This follows on the same wines achievement earlier this year at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles in Spain where it won a Gold Medal.

According to Pieter Terblanche, Douglas Green brand manager, a Michelangelo accolade is of especial significant as most of the judging panel consist of international wine experts from countries outside of South Africa. “Douglas Green has worked hard at offering consumers wines under a popular brand and reasonable price, but one which over delivers on quality,” he says. “The success at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards, as well as earlier this year at Concours Mondial de Bruxelles vindicates this commitment.”

Douglas Green’s strategy lies in sourcing best quality grapes from chosen vineyards spread over a large area of the Cape winelands. “The success of Douglas Green relies on partnerships, so this award belongs to the various grape growers, the cellars we use to make the Douglas Green wines, our winemaker Jaco Potgieter, viticulturalist Stephan Joubert and the Douglas Green Team in Wellington,” says Terblanche.

“Vineyard selection and our partnerships with growers enables Douglas Green to make 600 000 litres of this award-winning wine.

“The most important element in our whole ethos, however, is the consumer,” he continues. “And these Gold Medals prove that Douglas Green does not renege when it comes to offering the best possible quality at affordable prices. The Douglas Green Chardonnay 2008 is sold for below R35, allowing our customers to enjoy an internationally recognised wine without breaking the bank.”

Douglas Green winemaker Jaco Potgieter says the winning Chardonnay underscores the quality of the 2008 vintage. “The winning Chardonnay was made from grapes originating from the limestone-rich soils of Robertson,” he says. “It was an almost perfect vintage due to the preceding cold winter, wine in question shows bursts of sunny fruit. This is what South African wine is known for, and is something we at Douglas Green do best!”

Douglas Green’s Sauvignon Blanc 2009 won a Silver Medal at this year’s Michelangelo Award.

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Drink wine, fight cavities?


Call it fluoride for grown-ups: new research suggests a crisp chardonnay may fight cavities. Picture this, a Mouthwash in a Chardonnay flavour or Aquafresh with a 5th wine stripe. I don’t think so…

Italian researchers who tested supermarket-bought red and white wines report both were effective in controlling the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay and sore throats.

Sadly, though, the ingredients work best when you remove them from wine.

The researcher says the components in wine that fight oral bacteria might one day be added to mouthwashes and toothpastes. Experiments are already being carried out in humans to test wine’s effects on cavities and upper respiratory tract infections, according to Gabriella Gazzani of the faculty of pharmacy at the University of Pavia in Italy.

Her research team has been looking at components of food that might possess any kind of biological activity. The finding suggests wine “enhances oral health,” the researchers conclude.

Source: Canada.com

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