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Veritas 2015 Brandy winners

Another impressive double gold and gold medal haul for Brandy was revealed last night at the 25 anniversary of the Veritas awards.

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Hennessy Cognac 250 Year Tour

Hennessy, one of the world’s largest and most famous Cognac Houses is celebrating their 250th year of existence. A quarter of a millennia old… It just boggles the mind! To celebrate in true style, the House of Hennessy put together, in collaboration with people from all over the world, an art exhibition to express the […]

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An audience with Martell Cognac

To many South African brandy drinkers, Martell is a well known household name. 5 star and VO blended brandy come to immediate mind. But what most don’t know is that the house of Martell is actually the oldest and one of the finest Cognac houses in the world, and South Africa is the only place you’ll […]

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Brandy Fusion JHB 2015 

It was that time of the year again!  The annual Brandy Fusion festival where craft potstill brandies and brandy lifestyle is exhibited. You get to see the glitz and glamour of the up and coming brandy image, experience your favourite brandies and even get to discover a few new smaller brands (some new and some […]

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Platter’s 5 Star Brandy Shootout

Every year our wine sense are guided by a delightful little book called Platter’s Wine Guide.  It is a collection of most of the wines available in South Africa and they do the tough job of grading these wines as well to help you discern between the mediocre, great and amazing.

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Food pairings: why they do work

A lot of skepticism abounds alcohol and food pairings with fair share of public opinion branding them more of a gimmick than actually holding real value. To an extent I can understand the sentiment – there are so many out there, and many are done for the sake of it, to keep up with the latest […]

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Van Ryn’s AU.RA – Finally Tasted

For those who already know (friends, family, avid Brandy & Ginger followers, acquaintances, social media associates, random stranger at the airport and pretty much everyone I spoke to in the past two weeks!) and those who didn’t know… We here at Brandy & Ginger had the bespoke privilege of (finally) tasting the Van Ryn’s 30 […]

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KWV XO Cognac and Nexus 30yo Brandy

#FINISHGREAT, and what a finish indeed! Launch of the KWV Nexus 30 Year and KWV Heritáge XO Cognac.

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Veritas gets it spot on in 2014

I was very happy to see the brandy results of this years Veritas awards. Last years competition was a bit puzzling for me with both KWV 15 and 20 year old brandies only walking away with a silver medals, in a year when a pretty big haul of 14 golds and double golds being awarded. But […]

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South Africa, Cape Town: Five superb brandies, all potstills, achieved the highest honour in this year’s Veritas Awards by being awarded the coveted double gold medal. KWV triumphed with two double gold medals, while Oude Meester and Van Ryn’s earned a double gold medal each. Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute also walked away with a double […]

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