David Clarke: How restaurants can improve their year-round wine offering

With more and more of the top wines in South Africa moving to annual releases of “take-it or leave-it” allocations it is very useful to have a “war chest” of funds available to be sure of not missing out when the wines are released. In my previous life as a head sommelier in Melbourne I […]

September 4, 2017
by David Clarke
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David Clarke: Does the SA wine industry make the most of its diversity?

“Diversity is in our nature”: a phrase that if it means anything at all, has more than a whiff of entitlement to it. This was, until recently, the slogan for Wines of South Africa (WOSA), the official export marketing arm of the South African wine industry. Contrast this with “Pluralism is not diversity alone, but […]

July 22, 2015
by David Clarke
with 1 Comment

David Clarke: On wine listing fees

“The strong do what they can and the weak suffer as they must” wrote Thucydides, Athenian historian, philosopher and general, who lived between 460 and 395 BC. Welcome to the world of listing fees for restaurant wine lists. Ever wondered why so many wine lists in South African restaurants have the same generic and uninteresting […]

January 28, 2015
by David Clarke
with 28 Comments
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