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Tim James: A visit to Glenelly

It struck me only after I’d left Glenelly last week – my visit began in broken sunshine and ended in a light drizzle –...

What constitutes “good” wine?

What constitutes “good” wine? It was a question I confronted yet again while officiating at the recent Wine Judging Academy, the annual three-day course...

Tim James: Place or producer – which should have primacy?

In old Europe it’s the names of places that are usually the prime definers of wines: the vineyard or village, or perhaps the domaine....

Derek Kilpin: What does the future hold for Burgundy?

As the local fine wine importer that is Great Domaines, we have travelled to Burgundy every year since 1999 to taste the new vintages...

Marthélize Tredoux: Why genetic engineering is not all bad

My previous post on pesticides attracted some interest, so I wanted to follow up with simple to digest bits about the upsides of genetic...

Tim James: On SA’s oldest red-wine vineyard

Around 120 years ago – let’s say in 1900, to fit with the formal record, though that was made later – a vineyard was...

Some thoughts on the Wine Label Design Awards

It’s difficult to be optimistic on a morning when you awake to find that President Zuma has administered a cabinet reshuffle that only bodes...

Michael Fridjhon: On the Nederburg Auction selection process

The Nederburg Auction has been changing the way it goes about its business, a decision which both reflects a change of guard at Distell,...