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Tim James: Different readings of the modern history of SA Chenin...

On Saturday, Christa von la Chevallerie’s Nuwedam Chenin Blanc 2017 became the first wine to be launched bearing the Certified Heritage Vineyards seal of...

Tim James: A visit to Reyneke Wines

I’m a touch worried about getting excessively lyrical around Reyneke wines. It’s not any lack of objectivity, but it might perhaps seem a bit...

Tim James: Listing fee or “reciprocal gesture”?

You’d surely have thought this good enough business, even for the most sharkishly-minded: a bistro owner buys a modest, but well reputed wine from...

Malu Lambert: Interview with Jurgen Gouws of Intellego

I get the feeling that Jurgen Gouws is pretty much always smiling. Winemaker of his own Swartland label, Intellego, he moves through the world...

Tim James: Tasting SA’s priciest Chardonnay

It was only when checking my notes about the maiden release of Capensis Chardonnay (2014 vintage) that I realised its launch party was almost...

Some thoughts on wine prejudices

According to a recent comment on this site, I “score the lighter red wine styles rather low compared to the fuller bodied varieties...

Marthélize Tredoux: Influencers must fall

In September 2017, I first wrote about the “influencer” phenomenon and how it relates to wine marketing (see here). Looking back, I was quite...

Tim James: Update on the drought

In this drought year of 2018, with the wine-grape harvest now well under way in warmer regions and for earlier-ripening varieties, there are some...
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