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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...

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...

Michael Fridjhon: Why SA grape growers have to get more money

In an article published earlier in the week on Daily Maverick , industry commentator Michael Fridjhon argues that "the proceeds of unequal deal-making are...

Michael Fridjhon: Why isn’t SA doing more about leaf-roll virus?

I recently returned from a trip to Spain where I spent a couple of days at the Salon de Gourmets, one of the oldest...

Michael Fridjhon: Pinot Noir and the problem of “sameness”

The first session tasting at January’s Pinot Celebration provided me with something of a light bulb moment when it came to the red wines:...

Michael Fridjhon: Cab vs Shiraz – which will prevail?

I arrived recently at what turned out to be a BYO restaurant (there are still a few about) located quite close to an Ultra...

Michael Fridjhon: Is age-worthiness still important?

As human life expectancy – at least in the first world (and excluding white middle class middle-aged Americans without college degrees) – increases, we...

Michael Fridjhon: How to build a strong South African wine culture

I'm beginning to think that wine courses – for most people (as opposed to those in the trade) – are a little like book...