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Tim James: Amphoras and qvevri – the making of wine in...

Unless I’m mistaken, the first modern South African experiments with fermenting and maturing wine in clay pots happened at Hamilton Russell Vineyards in 2005....

Marthélize Tredoux: Wine and critical thinking in a time of fake...

Gather round, children. It’s time for a lesson in critical thinking. Riveting, I know. But Santa Clause is watching and if you don’t pay...

Does terroir get enough respect in SA?

Blending masks terroir. Is that a fair comment? Terroir is the notion that wine should taste of the place where the grapes grow. Wine,...

Michael Fridjhon: What’s a fair price to pay for a bottle...

There's an apparently irreconcilable issue around wine pricing in this country. VinPro's research shows that the majority of growers aren't breaking even on their...

Tim James: Tasting the new releases from Van Loggerenberg

One can’t have too much of a good thing, they say – so here’s a little more about Lukas van Loggerenberg’s latest wines, to...

SA vs Rest of World Wooded Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon tasting

On Saturday, the fourth annual South Africa vs the Rest of the World tasting organized by Tim Atkin and Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore in...

Tim James: Tasting the new releases from Craven Wines

David Clarke, a humorous man, mentioned a chat he’d had with Mick Craven, like him an Australian married to a markedly attractive South African...

Jean Vincent Ridon: A note on sommelier training

Michael Fridjhon's recent article highlighting the up and downs of sommeliers culture in South Africa was a useful reminder to us all that very...