Tuesday, 16 April, 2019

It is not every day one tastes the famed Burgundian Musigny and the Bonnes Mares

Very few Burgundian estates actually reach the Icon status that make wine lovers and collectors make huge sacrifices to access some bottles. Domaine de la Romanée Conti has achieved that stratospheric level of fame. Alongside Domaine Leroy, Domaine Comte George de Vogüé is probably the best runner up on the Burgundian podium.
Jean Vincent RIDON

Thursday, 14 March, 2019

ASI semi-finals - all you need to know

For the very first time, a South African judge has been appointed for an ASI international competition. Higgo Jacobs, former SASA chairman has been selected to judge the semi finals of the Best Sommelier of the world 2019 in Belgium.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Monday, 11 March, 2019

Jo Wessels first day at the 2019 Best Sommelier of the World

The tension was high at day 1 at the Queen Elizabeth center in Antwerp for the first part of the Best Sommelier of the World 2019. 66 Candidates from 63 countries were trying to ignore the stress by joking with each other.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Monday, 4 February, 2019

Team South Africa 2018 still travelling the world

Team South Africa is gaining international traction with three of its members being invited to judge at the prestigious 2019 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles being hosted in Aigle.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Thursday, 31 January, 2019

Inaugural South African Spirits Trophy results announced

The inaugural 2019 Spirits Trophy is proud to announce the first medals granted by this competition dedicated exclusively to Spirit distilled in South Africa.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Wednesday, 30 January, 2019

South Africa is the centre of the Sommelier world for a week

ASI, the International Sommeliers' Association, held its board meeting in South Africa for the first time in its 50-year history. The group also spent time here preparing for the Best Sommelier of the World to be held in Antwerp, Belgium between 10th and 15th March 2019.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Thursday, 17 January, 2019

King of Sommeliers Gérard Basset lost his last competition

Gérard Basset won every wine title possible and every wine certification one can imagine. Born in France, but established for years in the UK, Gérard Basset was Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, OIV Master, Wine MBA, Decanter Man of the Year 2013 and Best Sommelier of the World 2010. Basset was made OBE for his contribution to the United Kingdom.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Sunday, 14 October, 2018

Africa does well at the World Blind Tasting Champs

Twenty-three countries participated to The World Blind Tasting Championships held at Chateau Saint Pierre de Serjac on the 13th of October 2018. Organised by La Revue du Vin France since 2013, the championship sees teams of wine lovers competing to identify 12 wines served to them blind
Jean Vincent Ridon

Monday, 2 July, 2018

Nederburg TeamSA Announced

It took twelve wines from all around the world to decide who will compose Team Nederburg 2018 who will represent South Africa at the World Blind Tasting Challenge in October.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Thursday, 28 June, 2018

Who will be in Nederburg Team South Africa 2018?

After two provincial championships, one at the Taj Hotel in Capetown and the other at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival in Johannesburg, the best wine tasters from all around the country will meet this Sunday to decide who will join Nederburg Team South Africa 2018.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Friday, 8 June, 2018

Gauteng SAWTC 2018 winners announced - now for the finals

Lerato Moleleko becomes the Queen of Gauteng, a step closer to take over France
Jean Vincent Ridon

Wednesday, 1 November, 2017

Team South Africa: An inside account of the World Blind Tasting Championships

Jean Vincent Ridon, coach of Team SA, gives a blow-by-blow account of their participation in this year's World Blind Wine Tasting Championships, held in Burgundy on 14th Oct.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Friday, 19 May, 2017

Gauteng's best tasters of 2017 for SAWTC

Eric Botha is crowned Best Wine Taster of Gauteng!
Jean Vincent Ridon

Wednesday, 17 May, 2017

Time to test your taste buds in Gauteng on Wed 17th May

It is with great joy that the South African Wine Tasting Championship announces that the 2017 Gauteng provincial challenge will take place at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival at Summer Place on Wed 17th of May 2017.

Tuesday, 6 September, 2016

TEAM SA needs your help

Team South Africa needs your help to train with foreign wines, to travel to France in the best conditions, and fly our national colours high among the other wine nations.
Jean Vincent Ridon

Sunday, 21 August, 2016

Team SA announced

Heidi Kritzinger is officially the best blind wine taster in 2016
Jean Vincent Ridon

Monday, 8 August, 2016

At the dawn of Women’s day, a full feminine podium for the Cape Town Provincial Wine Tasting Championship

The Cape Town Provincial SAWTC was held on Saturday the 6th of August at the Taj Hotel in the heart of the Mother City.

Friday, 15 July, 2016

Gauteng’s got wine tasting talents!

The South African Wine Tasting Championship 2016 awarded the best Gauteng wine tasters in Sandton on the 13th of July 2016, forming part of the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival held at Summer Place.

Tuesday, 3 May, 2016

Put your taste to the test in Johannesburg

It is with great joy that the South African Wine Tasting Championship announces the first provincial challenge at the Juliet Cullinan Standard Bank Wine Festival at Summer Place on the 13th of July 2016.

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016

Jon Arvid Rosengren, (Sweden) is the 2016 Best World Sommelier

Jon Arvid Rosengren, from Sweden, became the new Best World Sommelier after winning the final of the Concours du Meilleur Sommelier du Monde Argentina 2016 over David Biraud, from France, and Julie Dupouy, representing Ireland (but born in France).
Jean Vincent Ridon