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Michael Fridjhon: What’s a fair price to pay for a bottle...

There's an apparently irreconcilable issue around wine pricing in this country. VinPro's research shows that the majority of growers aren't breaking even on their...

Michael Fridjhon: Is the SA “Somm” movement losing momentum?

Several years ago the Cape Wine Academy launched a Cape Sommelier qualification – which turned out to be little more than an introductory course...

Michael Fridjhon: Where to for VinPro?

I suspect it's a thankless task trying to run VinPro, the wine producers' representative body. For a start, you are dealing with literally thousands...

Michael Fridjhon: Why it’s a good time to be in wine...

It hasn't been an easy year for South Africa, notwithstanding the ever-increasing excitement around our wines in many of the international markets. The local...

Michael Fridjhon: SA wine’s ongoing lack of transformation

I was privileged to attend a pre-release showing of a documentary entitled “The Colour of Wine” which dealt with the first very tentative steps...

Michael Fridjhon: Sommeliers and the state of restaurant wine service in...

Ten years ago the word “sommelier” did not exist in the active vocabulary of any but the most wine-literate of South Africans. “Wine steward”...

Michael Fridjhon: Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon – not waving but drowning

  Before the 20 or so producers who participated in the Stellenbosch Cabernet jamboree in Johannesburg earlier this month do themselves an injury by prolonged...

Michael Fridjhon: Is there a difference between authentic wine vs wine...

What makes a wine “nerdy” - and for that matter, are these the same features which communicate authenticity? I recently – somewhat frivolously –...