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Lamb and Rosemary Pot Pie


Lamb is such an Easter tradition and as lamb is also such a great partner for our more serious reds, […]

Italian Easter Bread


We continue our baking streak for Easter. Not only does the long weekend give us more time to try something […]

Easter Eggnog Wine Cocktail Recipe


Easter Eggs have never been taken to this level! Try our all grown up Easter Eggnog wine cocktail as a […]

Croissant Cake – the perfect Autumn bake


While a summer Christmas is challenging for traditional Christmas roasts and gravy’s and puddings, South Africans are better-off weather-wise when […]

Baking Babka for Easter


Bread has a very strong link to Christian religious ceremonies and a variety of Easter breads are made during Easter […]

Green Mary Wine Cocktail Recipe


Ingredients 2 medium-size green or yellow tomatoes 90 ml water dash green jalapeño tabasco 2 x dash bitters 15 ml […]

Celery Sour Recipe


Celery Sour Ingredients 30 ml    gin 15 ml    freshly squeezed lime juice 15 ml    simple syrup 45 ml    fresh celery […]

Carrot and Orange Cooler


Carrot and Orange Cooler Ingredients 60 ml    fresh-pressed carrot juice 30 ml    blanco tequila 30 ml    fresh orange juice 30 […]

Pinot Noir & Porcini Risotto


The earthy notes of our 2015 Culinaria Pinot Noir are beautifully echoed in the autumn flavours of this porcini risotto. […]

Tomato, Baby Marrow and Aubergine Gratin


Ingredients 1 kg ripe, firm tomatoes, thinly sliced 1 red onion, thinly sliced 350 g baby marrow, preferably mixed green […]

New solution for fight against counterfeit wine



For US and French wine companies, counterfeit wine in overseas markets is becoming an increasing problem. In countries like China, counterfeiters sell fake expensive wines at premium prices. Now two French and US-based have come up with a new technological solution. Called Prooftag Bubble seal™, the technology will help both consumers and distributors to curb counterfeiting.

According to an article at www.canada.com, the product 'also provides the brand owners with an iPhone app that enables distributors and consumers to verify the product they are holding is authentic. The iProof app uses the phone’s camera to take a picture of the Bubble Seal™, which then cross-references an online database of products to confirm authenticity. Instant offline authenticity can be achieved with the BrandWatch Reveal detector.'

Furthermore the developers makes use of overt technologies (holograms, barcodes, watermarks, tamper-evident film) and covert technologies (not visible to the human eye, like forensic markers). Wine bottles can then be scanned at any point in the supply chain, and secure information are uploaded to a data management system, where proprietors, consumers and brand owners can track the authenticity of their wine.

The simple and ingenious system has since been applied to other luxury products such as watches and jewelry. With a growing export market to China, this technology may be something South African brand owners should consider in future.

 

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