How do wine writers make a living?

Interesting posts (and plenty of comment) about the difficulties of making money from wine writing online recently from two high-profile bloggers, one by Jamie Goode of Wineanorak.com and the other by Dr. Vino aka Tyler Colman. Goode writes “I suspect those who approach online from a print mindset, and value their own work too highly […]

January 13, 2011
by Christian
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Rudera Robusto Chenin Blanc 2003

How wine styles change. The Rudera Robusto Chenin Blanc 2002 which won the 2005 Wine magazine Chenin Blanc Challenge famously had a residual sugar of 15.7g/l. It picked up 4½ Stars then, a rating it retained  when a retrospective of previous winners was undertaken for the February 2010 issue. If Sauvignon Blanc becomes more like […]

January 12, 2011
by Christian
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Groote Post Woolworths Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009

“Freshly cut grass, straw, asparagus and gooseberry, typical of climatic conditions in Darling. This wine spent 3 months on the lees to maximize freshness,” informs the back label of the Groote Post Woolworths Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2009, and while I related to the grass and asparagus, the description of “gooseberries” did not evoke very much […]

January 11, 2011
by Christian
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Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel Brut Rosé 2008 vs. Simonsig Woolworths Limited Release Pinot Noir Rosé No Added SO₂ 2009

“Pink’s not a colour. It’s an attitude,” says Eben Sadie of Sadie Family Wines, unwittingly quoting US actress-cum-pop singer Miley Cyrus, on opening a bottle of his yet-to-be released Rosé this past Saturday. The wine is Mourvèdre based à la the wines of Bandol that he fancies and while local examples are generally dire, this […]

January 10, 2011
by Christian
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Seven Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2010

If you’ve got an account on the micro-blogging site Twitter and an interest in South African wine but haven’t heard of Seven Springs Vineyards, then you’re not paying attention. There are few who match and none who better Seven Springs owner Tim Pearson when it comes to promotion of his wine endeavours on Twitter (7SpringsWine, […]

January 7, 2011
by Christian
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Villiera Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc 2009

A lot has happened in the local Sauvignon Blanc category since Jeff Grier of Stellenbosch winery Villiera won the title of Diners Club Winemaker of the Year back in 1997 for his Bush Vine Sauvignon Blanc of the same year. Platter’s replaced Star ratings with either a single or double bunch of grapes icon to […]

January 6, 2011
by Christian
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Graham Beck The Ridge Shiraz 1997

Salad Niçoise is the perfect lunchtime meal as the thermometer goes past 30°C and heads for 40°C but what to drink with it? During the holidays, I unearthed a bottle of Graham Beck The Ridge Shiraz 1997 from the depths of my father-in-law’s Wellington cellar, and it proved an excellent companion to the food: elegant […]

January 5, 2011
by Christian
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Beaumont Hope Marguerite Barrel Matured Chenin Blanc 2004

In a masterstroke of brevity, the back label of Hope Marguerite Barrel Matured Chenin Blanc 2004 from Bot River winery Beaumont describes it as “Toasted almonds, rich and rounded”. Drinking it just about seven years on from vintage, the wine is all these things and more: a classic wet-wool note on the nose and then […]

January 4, 2011
by Christian
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