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Michael Fridjhon: Why foreign investment in the winelands should be celebrated

The first foreign investment in the Cape wine industry was made by the Vereenigde Landsche Ge-Oktroyeerde Oostindische Compagnie (VOC) shortly after Jan van Riebeeck...

Michael Fridjhon: Is the closure war coming to an end?

The debate around closures has been part of the world of wine for several decades, and like most matters where belief carries more weight...

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”...