Marthélize Tredoux: The role of the wine writer

Winter is a quiet time in the winelands; vines are resting and tasting rooms enjoy a brief respite from the mad rush of tourists that descend in warmer months. Nevertheless, the past few weeks have seen a bustle of “internal” activity – from judging wine competitions to award ceremonies. One such occasion was the Wineland […]

July 30, 2015
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Marthélize Tredoux: Is the concept of “organic farming” being abused?

I’m not much of a pedant. It’s too exhausting to be pedantic about everything. However, I am painfully pedantic about the misappropriation of words with specific meanings. And yes, I mean misappropriation: swindle, thieved, pilfered. Taking a word with a specific meaning out of context is embezzling with words. This gets on my last nerve […]

July 15, 2015
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Marthélize Tredoux: The future of Pinotage?

Pinotage. The very mention strikes fear (or a dollop of disdain) into the hearts of many. And that’s a massive problem. No other varietal has stirred the level of controversy that Pinotage does in the local wine industry. Not even the Chenin Blanc epic – from lonely, shunned Steen to present-day darling of the wine […]

July 2, 2015
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Marthèlize Tredoux: On wine prices

In the alcoholic beverage family, wine is quite the chameleon. Hardly surprising, given the 1 368 vine varieties producing commercial quantities of wine, varying regions, climates and terroir and the improvements and innovations in winemaking techniques and trends. Pick nearly any aspect of wine – colour, sweetness, cultivar, style – and there are seemingly endless […]

May 9, 2015
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Marthèlize Tredoux: Decanting dilemmas

A recent discussion on this site’s comment section brought up another chestnut of the wine world: decanting. It was nothing new: heartfelt support versus moderate skepticism. It dawned on me that I didn’t really have an opinion either way and concluded that would not be an acceptable state of being, so I looked into the […]

April 22, 2015
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Marthèlize Tredoux: Terroir – part science, part black magic

Terroir. A familiar term to anyone even remotely interested in wine but one with a seemingly fluid, unfixed definition, depending on context or who you’re asking. Originally limited to the Old World, terroir is now recognised across most – if not all – wine producing regions and the concept has extended into other agricultural products […]

April 8, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Marthèlize Tredoux: Blegging – The rise of online advertorial

Blogging. Practically unheard of 20 years ago. Now every Tom, Dick and Jane has their own blog. The masses have taken to populating the internet with their every thought, on every imaginable (and unimaginable) topic, from “dear diary” blogs to business, science and – arguably most widely read – lifestyle. Lifestyle blogging in particular has […]

March 25, 2015
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Marthèlize Tredoux: Time to insist on the blindfold?

I suppose at least one part of being a wine writer is to pontificate about why wine is such a widely adored tipple and at the same time filled with hotly debated topics. Any industry around any product will have any number of contested issues, but they’re often obscure or technical (I’ve never been consumed […]

March 12, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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