SA wines reap international rewards

first_imgMany of South Africa’s most successful wines are grown and produced in the Durbanville valley. (Image: MediaClubsouthafrica.com)South African wines have performed impressively of late at numerous prestigious international wine awards. Against strong competition from overseas, the local wine industry has proved yet again that wine is one of South Africa’s most successful exports.SA Wines Online MD Kevin Gallagher says in the past five years South African wines have grown in quality and offer outstanding value for money.“South African wines are able to compete with any other wine producing region in the world,” he says.Michelangelo International Wine AwardsWines from estates in the Western Cape’s Durbanville Wine Valley claimed top honours at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards. This competition started in 1997 and although it’s a home-grown event, is distinctive in the industry as all the judges but one are international.The aim of the competition is to find South Africa’s best wines that will also be well accepted in the international market, and, say the Michelangelo organisers, any local wine that’s been commended by 15 international wine experts should have no problem in overseas markets.Diemersdal won the trophy for the year’s top producer, and its estate wines received six gold medals and five silvers. The gold awards went to: the Diemersdal Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Diemersdal Chardonnay Unwooded 2010, Diemersdal Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Diemersdal Eight Rows Sauvignon Blanc 2009 and Diemersdal Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009.Diemersdal winemaker Thys Louw says the accolade shows that their wines are well up to international standards. He commended the entire Diemersdal vineyard and cellar team, including his father Tienie and co-winemaker Mari van der Merwe for their success.“We can produce such good wines because we put a lot of effort into making them,” Van der Merwe says.The geographical location of the Durbanville area is another major advantage for winemakers and the area is known to produce top Sauvignon Blanc wines. It is close to the Atlantic Ocean, the soil is very fertile, and the climate is ideal. Annual rainfall of about 700 mm also affords good soil moisture for grape cultivation.The Louw family, who have owned the Diemersdal estate for six generations, also attribute their success to minimal cellar intervention. This approach conserves the “prominent varietal character” in their wines.Other member farms of the Durbanville Wine Valley also walked off with top awards. Altydgedacht won the Sue van Wyk Pinotage Trophy and a Grand D’Or (double gold) for Altydgedacht Pinotage 2009. This estate is one of the oldest in the country.Bloemendal took home the Michelangelo Grand D’Or for its Suider Terras Sauvignon Blanc.Durbanville Hills’ reputation for producing extraordinary wines across a range of varietals was further entrenched with its three gold medals. The 2009 single-vineyard Biesjes Craal Sauvignon Blanc, 2010 Durbanville Hills Merlot Rosé and 2009 Rhinofields Pinotage took top honours.De Vallei won gold for its 2010 De Vallei Sauvignon Blanc, and Nitída received gold for its 2009 Woolworths Limited Release Semillon.Durbanville Wine Valley Association chairman Righard Theron agrees that the Durbanville area’s viticulture terroir (the sensory attributes of wine in relation to the environmental conditions where grapes grow) contributes significantly to the area’s winemaking success. The altitude of the surrounding hills brings both cooler and warmer weather and this makes it possible for farmers to produce different varieties. It is also possible to produce different styles of wine from the same variety.The 2010 Tri Nations Wine ChallengeNederburg’s 2005 Private Bin Edelkeur received the trophy for top dessert wine in the 2010 Tri Nations Wine Challenge which, like its rugby counterpart, was contested between South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.This accolade is a big honour for South Africa, as it proves that local wines are being noticed. Wines in this competition are submitted by invitation only.In a statement, cellar master Razvan Macici says the 2005 Edelkeur has a luminous golden colour and a fragrant blend of peach, apricot, honey and spice. “Its honey-type sweetness contrasts with a lively, refreshing acidity to give it a pleasingly harmonious balance.”Current Nederburg winemaker Tariro Masayiti says this dessert wine should be celebrated, as it is part of South Africa’s wine heritage and was first produced by the estate’s legendary Günter Brözel, who was appointed as winemaker in 1956. The wine was released at the inaugural Nederburg Auction of Rare Cape wines in 1975, and today is still only sold through the auction.Nederburg’s international brand representative Lynette Harris has been quoted as saying that the award affirms the producer’s status as a top producer of dessert wines. “The winery consistently outperforms its competitors on international and domestic shows,” she says.Anthonij Rupert Wines did the nation proud by being the only South African gold medal winner in the”‘other red varieties” category with its Anthonij Rupert Cabernet Franc 2006. This range is produced at the L’Ormarins estate where the team attributes their winemaking success to selection of the best fruit, and cellar production techniques such as the gravity feed process.In a gravity flow winery, neither the grapes nor wine are moved by pumps. Instead, grapes fall naturally into the fermenting tanks, and wine then moves from the fermenters to the aging barrels. The winery setup usually consists of multiple levels, making it possible to use gravity to move the grapes and wine through processing.Accessible to consumersSA Wines Online, an online retailer that sells South African wines in the UK, was honoured by the Decanter World Wine Awards with its Specialist Merchant of the Year accolade. In this category, the judges assess wine merchants on criteria such as quality, value, range, innovation and customer service.It is one thing to produce good wines, but for the wine industry to grow, more people have to become familiar with wine, and buy it. SA Wines Online took top honours in this category for designing their website to be accessible to consumers, and offering expert advice on the South African wine industry.Kevin Gallagher, MD of SA Wines Online, says although the company is virtually unknown to the average South African consumer, it has grown so much that wineries are approaching them to sell their wines in the UK.“This is another reason why we have the biggest selection of South African wines on offer to the UK and the European customer,” he says. The company stocks more than 1 000 wines from 135 wineries, and sells the largest range of South African wine in the UK. Fully 80% of its customer base is British.At the awards ceremony Gallagher said that it is encouraging that so many South African wines are available to UK consumers. “Local wines are becoming serious contenders on the world wine scene,” he said.Progressive wine industryThe South African wine industry has proven to be progressive in discerning what local and international wine consumers want.Van der Merwe thinks that South Africa’s wines are so exceptional because there are many new winemakers entering the industry. “They are keen to experiment and take the time to investigate what makes a good wine,” she says.Gallagher says that the South African wine industry made a remarkable comeback when it re-entered the international wine scene in the early 1990s. Many winemakers realised that they had fallen behind the rest of the world, but they were quick to travel and study winemaking methods of other wine producing regions. New grape varieties were also introduced.“Even now, young winemakers are still travelling to other wine producing regions, partaking in the harvests and seeing alternative techniques and methods of wine producing,” he says.South Africa is one of the few wine producing regions that enjoys copious sunlight throughout the year, and this is particularly favourable for growing grapes.  “South Africa’s wines are found to have a high flavour and varietal expression and our climate allows for this,” says MasayitiHe says there is also no shortage of good quality, easy-to-drink wine to enjoy with a meal, or simply on its own. The market for wine is changing, and more people are expressing an interest in tasting wine and drinking something that they like.South African wines are also becoming more popular in other international markets and the African region. Gallagher says the UK is the biggest export destination for South African wines and large quantities are shipped to the rest of Europe.  Alternative destinations such as the rest of Africa, the Far East, and North America are becoming increasingly important to the industry. South Africa is also the biggest supplier of wines to Sweden.“A large number of wine experts foresee China and Japan to be the next great market in terms of growth potential for the international wine industry,” he says.last_img read more

Devalook One piece clip in hair extensions-Chocolate brown to dark blonde – Different colour

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxford

first_imgDONE DEAL: Wolves winger Jordan Graham joins Oxfordby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Jordan Graham will join Oxford United on loan in January until the end of the season.Graham, 23, was due to be on loan at Ipswich Town for the entire campaign but that agreement was cut short.The former Aston Villa man spent time on loan at Oxford in 2015 and will return to the League One club when the transfer window opens.”I feel so happy to be back and it’s a pleasure to come back,” Graham said in a video on social media. TagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Clash of titans on cards in fifth phase polling in UP

first_imgLucknow: The fifth phase of polling in 14 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh on Monday will see a clash of titans including Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi.The BJP had bagged 12 of these seats in 2014 with the Congress winning Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli and Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi — the only two constituencies where the Congress succeeded out of the 80 in the entire state. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAround 2.47 crore people are eligible to vote in Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj (SC), Lucknow, Banda, Fatehpur, Kaushambi (SC), Barabanki (SC), Faizabad, Bahraich (SC), Kaiserganj and Gonda constituencies where 182 candidates are in the contest. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is contesting on five seats – Dhaurahra, Sitapur, Mohanlalganj, Fatehpur and Kaisarganj. Its ally Samajwadi Party (SP) is fighting for seven seats -Lucknow, Banda, Kaushambi, Barabanki, Faizabad, Bahraich and Gonda. In Amethi and Rae Bareli, the SP-BSP alliance has not put up any candidate, leaving the two constituencies for the Congress. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadUnion Home Minister Rajnath Singh is seeking re-election from Lucknow, while his colleague at the Centre Smriti Irani is again taking on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi. In the Faizabad parliamentary constituency, under which the temple town of Ayodhya falls, sitting BJP MP Lallu Singh is taking on Nirmal Khatri of the Congress. Khatri is a former Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee chief. Former Union minister and Congress candidate Jitin Prasad is contesting from Dhaurahra against former Chambal brigand Malkhan Singh. Malkhan Singh, 76, has been fielded by Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia, floated by SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother Shivpal Yadav. On Friday, the final day of campaigning for the fifth phase, BJP chief Amit Shah along with a host of party leaders held a roadshow in Amethi, seeking support for Smriti Irani. On Friday, Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha, the daughter of SP candidate from Lucknow Poonam Sinha, took part in a roadshow in the state capital. Poonam Sinha’s husband, actor-turned-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who is the Congress candidate from Patna Sahib, had joined her last month when she filed her nomination papers as the Samajwadi Party candidate. Polling will be held in the state in the next two phases as well.last_img read more

Was I Too Naive Simone Biles Fought with Guilt

In a statement via Twitter on Monday, Jan. 15, 2017, Biles says she is among the athletes sexually abused by a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)Simone Biles watched as her friends and former Olympic teammates came forward to detail abuse at the hands of a now-imprisoned former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Drawing in part from their strength, the four-time gold medalist acknowledged Monday she is among the athletes who were sexually abused by Larry Nassar.Biles, who won five medals overall at the 2016 Olympics, released a statement via Twitter outlining that abuse. Nassar, who spent more than two decades as a physician at USA Gymnastics while also working at Michigan State University, has admitted sexually assaulting gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought medical treatment. He was sentenced in December to 60 years in federal prison for possessing child pornography and is facing another 40 to 125 years in prison after pleading guilty to assaulting seven girls.Biles, now 20, called Nassar’s behavior “completely unacceptable, disgusting, and abusive, especially from someone whom I was told to trust.” She joins a list of high-profile gymnasts who have come out against Nassar, including six-time Olympic medalist Aly Raisman, 2012 all-around champion Gabby Douglas and two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney.Like her Olympic teammates, Biles detailed abuse by Nassar that he disguised as treatment.“It is not normal to receive any type of treatment from a trusted team physician and refer to it horrifyingly as the ‘special’ treatment,” Biles wrote.Biles is in the beginning stages of a return to competition, a journey that includes visits to the national team’s training center at the Karolyi Ranch north of Houston, where she said the abuse occurred.“It is impossibly difficult to relive these experiences and it breaks my heart, even more, to think that as I work towards my dream of competing in Tokyo 2020, I will have to continually return to the same training facility where I was abused,” Biles wrote.USA Gymnastics initially agreed to buy the Karolyi Ranch in the summer of August 2016, following the retirement of longtime national team coordinator Martha Karolyi, but then backed out of the deal. The national team continues to use the facility while options for a replacement are explored.Biles says she initially wondered if she was to blame.“For too long I’ve asked myself, ‘Was I too naive? Was it may fault?’” Biles wrote. “I now know the answer to those questions. No. No. It was not my fault. No, I will not and should not carry the guilt that belongs to Larry Nassar, USAG, and others.”Feelings… 💭 #MeToo pic.twitter.com/ICiu0FCa0n— Simone Biles (@Simone_Biles) January 15, 2018USA Gymnastics said in a statement it is “heartbroken, sorry and angry” that Biles and other athletes were harmed by Nassar.“USA Gymnastics’ support is unwavering for Simone and all athletes who courageously came forward to share their experiences,” the organization said in a release. “We are our athletes’ advocates. USA Gymnastics will continue to listen to our athletes and our members in our efforts of creating a culture of empowerment with a relentless focus on athlete safety every single day.”The organization has taken several steps in recent months. President and CEO Steve Penny resigned under pressure last March and was replaced by Kerry Perry, who took over on Dec. 1.The organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport last summer. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted over 70 recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw an extensive independent review.That’s not far enough for some. Raisman has urged the organization to remove chairman of the board Paul Parilla among others. Biles, like Raisman, wants USA Gymnastics to take a deeper look at the conditions that allowed Nassar’s behavior to run unchecked for so long.“We need to know why this was able to take place for so long and to so many of us,” Biles said. “We need to make sure something like this never happens again.” read more

Darmian to undergo medical at Juventus

first_imgManchester United defender Matteo Darmian is set to undergo a medical with Juventus after arriving in Milan, reports Football-ItaliaThe Italy international has been heavily linked with a move to the Bianconeri for over the past year after falling out of favour with Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.Since arriving from Torino in 2015, Darmian has struggled to adapt to the demands of English football and has recently expressed a desire to return to his homeland in the summer.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…United boss Mourinho is planning to sign two new full-backs in the upcoming transfer window and will likely use the reported €12m transfer fee generated from Darmian ’s sale to reinvest in his defence.The 28-year-old is currently in Italy finalising the move to Juventus with Daley Blind also expected to leave Manchester after admitting that he was left feeling frustrated over his lack of opportunities in the second half of this season.Across all competitions this season, Darmian only started seven matches.last_img read more

Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea will always have a special place in

first_imgReal Madrid new signing Thibaut Courtois has thanked his former club Chelsea for giving him the opportunity to carve a niche for himself in professional football.Courtois pointed out earlier that his decision to leave Chelsea and join Madrid i mainly because he wants to be close to his family living in the Spanish capital.“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the four fantastic years that have passed,” said the Belgian in a clip posted on social media as quoted in Football Espana.“Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart.“I was very happy to be part of one of the biggest teams in the world. I fulfilled a childhood dream of playing in the Premier League.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I want to say a huge thank you to all my teammates and the coaching staff, who I shared success and amazing moments with.“I want to thank the fans for their great support. I hope you understand that being close to my children was considerable in my decision.“I wish you all the best for the future. It was a great honour to be part of the Chelsea family.”last_img read more

Sadio Mane reveals his two boyhood idols

first_imgLiverpool striker Sadio Mane has named Ronaldinho and El-Hadji Diouf as the top two players he idolised while growing upThe Senegal international’s comments will likely cause a stir at Anfield due to Diouf’s reputation.The former striker spent two years at Liverpool and had a long-standing feud with captain Steven Gerrard.More recently, Diouf publicly blamed Gerrard for Liverpool’s failed title bid in the Premier League back in 2014.“When I was young, I had lots of favourite footballers, but Ronaldinho was my real favourite, along with El-Hadji Diouf from Senegal,” Mane told Bleacher Report.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“They really inspired me. Those two players were examples for me as a footballer. They were skilful players and good dribblers who beat their opponents easily.”Mane also reserved praise for his fellow forward Roberto Firmino, who he describes as an “animal” due to his hardworking nature.“Lots of people like to talk about me and Salah. It’s nice to hear those things, but the strength of this Liverpool team is the collective,” Mane said.“You also can’t forget that there’s a guy up front called Firmino who works like an animal for us and makes things easier. And the guys behind us do some extraordinary work. We try to benefit from that and help the team go forward.“I was a very good dribbler as a young player, but now that I’ve got more experience, there are some useless things that I don’t do anymore. It’s all about making and scoring goals for the team, like my idols did when they were at the peak of their powers.”last_img read more

October 3rd PFD Deposit Day

first_imgAccording to the Permanent Fund Website payment schedule:Direct Deposit Mass Payment**  2019 (and prior year) dividend applications that are in “Eligible-Not Paid” status on September 26th, 2019 will be distributed on October 3rd, 2019.**Paper Check Mass Payment**  2019 (and prior year) dividend applications that are in “Eligible-Not Paid” status on October 11th, 2019 will be distributed on October 24th, 2019. Dunleavy: “Finally, now that the budget has been addressed, the full PFD will be the focus in this next special session, the sole focus. I will not let up until the remaining funds are appropriated for the full statutory PFD. I know Alaskans understand this decision and I appreciate all of your input.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year’s $1,600 dividend is being direct deposited on Thursday, October 3. Lawmakers instead asked Dunleavy to consider dividends of about $1,600 this year. Last year’s capped payout amounted to $1,600 checks. Dunleavy: “While there are some that support the full statutory formula, unfortunately some do not. In this years budget the Legislature sent me a $1,600 appropriation for the PFD, again not following the statutory formula.”  Governor Mike Dunleavy campaigned on a Permanent Fund dividend for residents paid in line with a longstanding calculation that has not been followed since 2016 as the state has grappled with a budget deficit. Such a dividend would equate to checks of about $3,000 this year. Dunleavy said he considered this a ‘partial PFD payment’ and that the legislature understands their jobs are not finished and they must fix this “as soon as possible”.last_img read more

IFPI Global Music Report Streaming Ed Sheeran Top 2017

first_imgNews Email Facebook In 32 global markets, digital is now more than half of all revenues. Physical sales and downloads have continued to decline. Without counting video, streaming is 33 percent of all revenues. In 2017, adding video back in bumps that 5 percent up to 38 percent from all digital. If the value gap wasn’t holding back fair music revenue for video streams, that video bump would be much more substantial.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more International recording industry organization reviews a year of continued strong growth, but music still has not recovered its former market strengthPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 24, 2018 – 2:52 pm On April 24, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released its Global Music Report 2018, reviewing and tabulating the business fortunes of the recording industry last year worldwide. The music industry grew overall in 2017 by more than 8 percent to $17.3 billion, led by streaming revenues which grew more than 41 percent. “We’re not getting complacent,” said Warner Music Group CEO of international and global commercial services Stu Bergen at the report’s release event in London. “We’ve fought too hard to get here and, after 15 years of decline, there’s still plenty of room to grow.” Last year was the third consecutive year of growth for the first time this century.The IFPI report credited Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You” as last year’s top song followed by Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito.” While top sellers and the 176 million subscribers paying for premium music accounts make for good news, IFPI chief executive Frances Moore warned that “there is a structural fault in the system” because of the value gap. Combining paid and ad-supported streaming for music, revenues total $5.6 billion with 272 million users overall. On the video side, revenues are $856 million, much less, with more than 1.3 billion users, much more. “Until we fix that structural defect to the market it will always be a struggle,” said Moore. IFPI Finds Streaming And Ed Sheeran Led 2017 ifpi-global-music-report-streaming-ed-sheeran-top-2017center_img Twitter The ‘value gap’, a mismatch between the value that online user upload services extract from music and the revenue that they return, is currently the biggest policy challenge facing the music industry. Read our State Of The Industry report at https://t.co/KAoAu9XuMw 👈#GMR2018 pic.twitter.com/QWVj45pQfW— IFPI (@IFPI_org) April 24, 2018 IFPI Global Music Report: Streaming, Ed Sheeran Top 2017 https://twitter.com/IFPI_org/status/988796306830364672last_img read more