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Michael Fridjhon: Is there a difference between authentic wine vs wine...

What makes a wine “nerdy” - and for that matter, are these the same features which communicate authenticity? I recently – somewhat frivolously –...

The winelands map is being redrawn and here’s why

Not so long ago Bot River was a village which wine lovers passed at high speed on their way from Cape Town to Hermanus...

Tim James: Some thoughts on I Taste Red: The Science of...

To adapt Voltaire: if Jamie Goode didn’t exist, wine nerds would need to invent him. No other wine writer appears to have the scientific...

Marthélize Tredoux: Is wine tasting essentially pointless?

Yes, I know which platform I’m writing for. No, I haven’t had too much wine. Yes, I am serious about this topic. In the last...

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...