Michael Fridjhon: SA – two wine industries and very little media

It seems that there are at least two South African wine industries, and implicit in this dichotomy lie the seeds which might lead to the destruction of both of them. On the one hand we have what used to be the portion of the industry which thrived under the protection of the KWV, and now […]

February 22, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 6 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Does a wine’s age-worthiness go towards investment potential?

In wine geek circles the discussion around investment wines continues unabated. Linked to this – for obvious reasons – is the question of age-ability. If a wine is to be kept long enough to appreciate meaningfully in the hands of a speculator, it will need more than a few years of life in it. This […]

January 25, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 1 Comment

Michael Fridjhon: Succession Crisis? What succession crisis?

There’s no one who seriously disputes that the Cape wine industry has made enormous progress in the past decade. From playing serious catch-up after 1994, and achieving something of a middle-of-the-road equilibrium by 2010, it has powered ahead, garnering critical acclaim, stronger-than-ever exports, and a real visibility amongst modern wine aficionados all over the world. […]

September 28, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 4 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Possible effects of climate change on the wine industry

Climate change is not an uncontroversial subject, with a spectrum of opinions which range from whether or not we are still living in a period of global warming, to the possible causes, and to whether or not it is within our power to do anything about it. The extreme denialists (of which I am not […]

August 31, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Should we still care about ageing wine?

“And no man having drunk old wine desireth new; for he saith, ‘The old is good.’” The Gospels were clear on the value and importance of mature wine. Two thousand years later, in this, as in all matters intangible, there is less certainty. Retailers report that customers regularly reject the older vintages of a particular […]

July 27, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 0 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Why doesn’t SA have more wine bars?

If you were a martian whose only knowledge of South African cultural life was derived from your online access to WineMag, you might extrapolate from your reading a number of certainties of what life would be like in the land where WineMag held sway. One of these is that the place would be teeming with […]

June 29, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 7 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: On blind vs sighted tastings

It’s a bit of an old chestnut, but every time a well-known wine performs badly at a properly managed blind tasting, there’s no shortage of otherwise intelligent people wishing to take a tilt at the process or the judges, but never at the wine.The whole point about a blind tasting is that the wine is […]

June 23, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 3 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: How to save SA’s old vines

The plight of old vines, or more correctly, of the owners of old vineyards, has been in the media lately. It is becoming increasingly clear that, pretty much at the same time as we have discovered the joy of wines made with fruit harvested from old vines, we’re about to watch our heritage vineyards vanish […]

May 25, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 5 Comments
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