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It is utterly thrilling to announce that the Top 100 SA Wine Challenge 2015 is now open for entries.

Top 100 SA Wines, part of the betterwine.com group, is now five years old, hence the past five day countdown!

Five years ago the first Top 100 Challenge was launched. This has subsequently gained recognition for, and now become, the premier fine-wine MW judged competition in South Africa. Five years on and the brand is stronger than ever: Visible, influential and positively promoting SA fine wines in numerous value adding and unique ways. Group activity and efforts resonate both in SA as well as abroad in key wine consuming markets.

To Enter copy and paste this URL into your search engine - http://buybetterwine.com/top-100-challenge-entries/

For January month we are offering holiday makers intimate experiences of the unique Constantia Valley wine route. This will include meeting their lively key personalities! The duration will be a minimum of five hours and could include the whole day. The time will fly past, as you meet a winemaker, enjoy a personal vineyard walk with experts, drive around the land in farm vehicles, all helping you to learn and understand the uniqueness of these very special sites. This will be followed up with a private tutored wine tasting, before heading to the next inside-track vineyard experience. The friendly resident expert wine adventure guide will provide context, history and current status quo, delivered with humour, passion and anecdotes. Finish off with a stylish fine dining lunch or dinner at ‘top 5’ restaurant. Book now.

Hebdo Cartoonists designed wine labels

Three of the cartoonists killed in last week’s terrorist attack on French satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo had also put their hands to wine labels. As reported by the Wine Spectator, editor-in-chief Stéphane Charbonnier (Charb), Georges Wolinski and Bernard Verlhac (Tignous) had all designed wine labels.

Bordeaux producer Gérard Descrambe commissioned the cartoonists in the early ‘70s to create labels for his St. Emilion estate Château Barrail des Graves in a collaboration that lasted over 40 years. The resulting satirical artwork covered everything from drunkenness to nudity. “Their spirit was to laugh at everything and expose the biggest nonsense in the world. And they were killed by the biggest act of nonsense,” Descrambe told WS.