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Michael Fridjhon: Time to overhaul the business of SA wine

We have a most curious wine industry: at present it enjoys greater visibility in more international markets than most other wine-producing nations, garnering more...

Tim James: On Bloemcool and a few other innovations from Fairview

Cauliflower and wine? Not a pairing with intuitive appeal - but they’re closer than you might think, at least at Fairview in Paarl. It...

Marthélize Tredoux: Is the wine industry getting the most out of...

Let’s talk about information overload. The internet as we know it (via the World Wide Web) has been with us for 28 years. The growth...

Why trying to make wine less snobby is futile

Should the wine industry work harder to position wine as a lifestyle beverage rather than the special interest preserve of a few elites? Silwervis...

Tim James: On the effect of ever increasing wine prices

The upward-spiralling international price of the finest wine may have a much deeper effect than merely limiting the ordinary wine lover’s access to them....

Q&A: Thelema’s Rudi Schultz on Shiraz

Thelema, situated on the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, is a family owned and managed wine estate and the home of Thelema and Sutherland Vineyards...

Tim James: The difference between how normal people and critics taste

When I was taught the Cape Wine Academy approved method of tasting wine, scoring (out of 20) was inevitably part of the process. The...

Marthélize Tredoux: On the state of SA wine writing

Some days, sitting down to write about wine is infuriatingly frustrating. Bang-your-head-on-the-desk type frustrating. I should be more specific though: the type of writing...