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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...

Michael Fridjhon: Import prospects

The recent precipitate plummet of the Rand is arguably just another steeper-than-usual plunge in a trajectory which began in the early 1980s, and gained...

Michael Fridjhon: SA’s white blends are great but do they sell?

If you put a bunch of South African wine geeks in a room and leave them to talk about what's on their collective mind,...

Michael Fridjhon: How to fix Merlot

In the 1960s European and American electricity providers replaced coal-fired power stations with “clean” nuclear facilities. Fifty years later, the swing of the pendulum...
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