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10 years ago this month

10 years ago, Marc Kent had just won Diners Club Winemaker of the Year for the Boekenhoutskloof Syrah 2005 – this offering from the...

Tim James: Impressions left by a Riedel Glassware Masterclass

I’d attended a Riedel glass tasting before (and heard others’ experiences) and knew that again I’d come away fully convinced of the genius of...

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...

Tim James: The impact of the drought

Few of us in the Western Cape fully realise as yet, I suspect, the impact the drought will have. Little by little I’m discovering...

Marthélize Tredoux: Picking apart price

Let’s face it: it was inevitable that I would sit down and hurl my R0.02 at the latest wine industry windup. Two local winemakers...

Can a price of R5000 a bottle for an SA wine...

If part of the motivation on the part of Brian Smith of Elgin Ridge Wines and Niels Verburg of Luddite in launching the. Cabernet...

Tim James: Nederburg and the challenges of effective branding

It’s a debate of relevance – probably unresolvable except by time – to countries as well as big brands: Does a reputation for lower...

Tim James: How much to spend on rosé?

With gritted teeth and a gulp, and eyebrows raised aghast at my own action (you try doing all that at the same time, especially...