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Tim James: On the continuing emergence of natural wines

It was the most unusual line-up I’ve experienced at one of the big final Platter’s tastings. (For those who don’t know, this event has...

Marthélize Tredoux: Less talk and more action required to move SA...

“South Africa has been the next big thing for a frustratingly long time, without ever reaching its full potential.” This sentence is part of the...

Joanne Gibson: On the rising wine culture in China

After a break from wine over the festive season (apart from drinking copious amounts of it, that is), I’ve been catching up on some...

Marthélize Tredoux: On creativity and courage

At the recent WineLand/Adams&Adams Seminar, the theme was “Leader of the Pack”. I’ve loosely covered the run-up to the day previously (see here) and...

SA vs Rest of World Pinot Noir Tasting

Starting in 2015, Tim Atkin MW and Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore  Estate Vineyards in Greyton  have taken it upon  themselves to arrange a tasting...

Tim James: Is a market correction on the way for top-end...

Last year – 2017 – seemed to me marked by a sudden leap in the prices of upper-end local wines. Or had they been...

Why the Swartland Revolution works

The first session of the Swartland Revolution 2014 featured a presentation by 75-year-old Serge Hochar of famed Lebanese property Chateau Musar plus a tasting...

SA vs New Zealand Pinot Noir

Do expectations influence outcomes when it comes to wine ratings? Dana Buys, co-owner of Vrede en Lust, thinks so, arguing for instance that were...