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This week´s article in The Daily Mail newspaper features Bijou Le Chic as one of the best wines for January and these lockdowns. Helen McGinn selected some of her favourite vegan wines available in the UK in light of “Veganuary” and also highlighted the benefits of the Bijou pouch format for home drinking.

She wrote:

“This pretty pink southern French rosé comes in a pouch holding the equivalent of two bottles of wine. So not only is it more environmentally friendly (its carbon footprint is considerably lower than making and moving wine in glass bottles), it’s also what I like to call lockdown-friendly.

Stick it in the fridge and it’ll stay in perfect condition for at least a month once opened. If it lasts that long, obviously. Crisp, dry and moreish, just as a good fridge-door rosé should be.” 

You can read the full article here.

Cream liqueurs have long since been a part of the South African dining and drinking landscape. From the most internationally recognised brands to the locally produced and curiously flavoured, most of us have at least tasted a cream liqueur. Its popularity is due to its sweet creamy texture which some of us adore, and the liqueur’s versatility has also earned it pride of place in our kitchens and bars.

Recently, three of South Africa’s homegrown cream liqueurs scooped up accolades at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, hosted annually in London. Wild Africa Cream and Four Cousins Marula Cream Liqueur went home with Silver Liqueur awards, with the wildly popular Amarula Cream taking a Silver Outstanding Liqueur award.

We decided to taste these three products (as well as the world’s leading brand of cream liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream) to see which ones we liked best.

Here are the rules:
-All testers tasted all 4 samples
-Samples were not labelled and tasted in random order.
-Each sample was tested on Appearance, Flavour, Texture and creaminess and Strength of alcohol taste.

Bailey’s Irish Cream -> Overall score: 76/100

Wild Africa Cream -> Overall score: 78/100

Amarula Cream -> Overall score: 66/100

Four Cousins Marula Cream Liqueur -> Overall score: 75/100

You can read the full article here.