Michael Fridjhon: Cape vs Gauteng wine culture

It’s long been recognised that the South African wine market is not homogenous in character. (This is even more evident in the broader liquor market: beverages traditional to a particular region continue to dominate consumption patterns – beer is stronger in the inland areas, white spirits in KZN etc). Still, when it comes to fine […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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The eternity that is 10 years in the wine industry

Having become the owner of a new, bigger home earlier in the year, my bound set of Wine magazines has come out of the garage and onto the bookshelf. What, I wondered, where the topics of the day 10 years ago? The December 2006 cover announced that Chamonix’s Gottfried Mocke had just been judged to […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: In praise of Chenin Blanc

Oh, not another praise poem about chenin blanc, I hear you mutter. And bashfully acknowledge the unoriginality, and admit: oh, yes. Sometimes these things just strike us – and I’ve had recent opportunity to drink some varied, fine and interesting chenins (actually drink and not just taste – a comparatively arid experience). Mostly it was […]

November 28, 2016
by Tim James
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Tim James: Platter’s and the need for an organ of record

For some people, Platter’s South African Wine Guide is mostly a useful set of addresses and maps. For others (more, I trust) it’s a useful overview of achievements – though as challengeable in its judgements as any guide to something as much a matter of taste as wine is. And for some, Platter is fatally […]

November 21, 2016
by Tim James
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Chardonnay: The chameleon of viticulture

Jay McInerney, the keynote speaker at this year’s Celebration of Chardonnay hosted as always by De Wetshof, is a US writer who made his name with a 1984 novel entitled “Bright Lights, Big City”, which features “a cocaine-using party-goer seeking to lose himself in the hedonism of the 1980s yuppie party scene”. What would the […]

November 16, 2016
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Is rosé really worth taking seriously?

I have previously written about my loathing-turned-loving relationship with rosé wines. And for the past few years I have genuinely loved drinking pink. I prefer to think that the rekindling of my relationship with rosé began before the popular resurgence, but honestly I’m not sure. Perhaps I was influenced by the deluge of promoted pinks […]

November 16, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: A visit to Stark-Condé

Jonkershoek Valley is the quietest and most remote-feeling and rural of the Stellenbosch wards. It’s a beautiful, mountainous place, largely left to nature (the Jonkershoek Nature Rerserve covers some 11 000 hectares), and once one has passed Lanzerac on the edge of town and entered the valley, of wine interest ahead are only Rudera (on […]

November 14, 2016
by Tim James
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Tim James: The Elim Wine Festival reviewed

The Elim Wine Festival is lively, noisy and cheerfully crowded, with plenty of good wine (and beer) available – mostly for downing rather than judiciously tasting. So I discovered last Saturday when I trekked down through the Overberg wheatlands to Black Oystercatcher winery, where the festival was held this year. Not the sort of occasion, […]

November 7, 2016
by Tim James
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