Marthélize Tredoux: On tasting room service

There is an issue that’s been causing me high blood pressure and a battered liver from all the therapeutic wine I’ve been caused to drink. It’s an issue relevant to the majority of our wineries: tasting rooms. Yes, our beloved tasting rooms, with their carefully cultivated ambience, normally in a setting of glorious natural beauty […]

October 21, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Marthélize Tredoux: Time to think pink

I admit I’ve had a difficult relationship with rosé. I like to think of myself as an open-minded wino, a “don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it” kind of girl. But for a long time rosé was my nemesis – no, my kryptonite. I had nothing against it in principle. It wasn’t even because of […]

September 14, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Marthélize Tredoux: Yet more on wine scoring

Forgive me for raising the old chestnut of wines scores but there’s been a lot of chatter around the subject just recently. Some in anticipation of Tim Atkins’ SA Report that was released yesterday, some around Platter’s (the tasting panel have been at it for a while now) and some just general opinion. As expected […]

August 27, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 2 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Obligatory Women’s Month Post

Eagle-eyed readers that you are, you may have noticed that it’s Women’s Month in South Africa. Most of us were able to enjoy another indulgent long weekend courtesy of National Women’s Day on Sunday. I won’t go delving into the meaning of the day here. I think the significance of the historic march on the […]

August 12, 2015
by Marthelize Tredoux
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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
by Marthelize Tredoux
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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
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 1 Comment

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
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 7 Comments

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
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 0 Comments
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