Marthélize Tredoux: Back to basics

There’s a real danger to regularly writing opinion pieces about the ins and outs of wine and the industry. The risk is that pointing out problems becomes too easy, while remaining light on suggesting solutions. Opinions are all well and good, and exchanging them sparks conversations that eventually help us figure out how to move […]

July 22, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: Will we ever see a wine from Judge Hlophe?

In my first – and, as it proved, incomplete – survey of the many lawyers involved in Cape wine production, two names I intentionally omitted (saving them for now) were those of the couple who founded Domaine Brahms in Paarl in the late 1990s. Gesie van Deventer is not now a lawyer – she’s still […]

July 18, 2016
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On lawsuits served and survived

Taking up the theme of lawyers in wine that I introduced last week (see here): I’ve been served lawsuits three times (none got to court) resulting from my comparatively youthful days when there was a gossip column in Grape magazine called “The Widow’s sour grapes”. Somehow I tended to get blamed for the old bag’s […]

July 11, 2016
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: More on wine gimmicks

My previous post touched on how gullible the wine industry (and wine consumer) can be when it comes to gimmicks, tricks and ploys dressed up some groundbreaking new product (see here). The best example of that was the Spanish blue wine craze that hit the internet recently. On reflection, I actually want to retract using […]

July 8, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: On lawyers in wine

I confess to a little knowledge of lawyers at their sharp end – the part that sends out invoices for services rendered. Mostly, I’m proud to say, to do with my being threatened with libel suits, but once – well, I try not to remember that one, but the charges were also dropped in that […]

July 4, 2016
by Tim James
with 8 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Why doesn’t SA have more wine bars?

If you were a martian whose only knowledge of South African cultural life was derived from your online access to WineMag, you might extrapolate from your reading a number of certainties of what life would be like in the land where WineMag held sway. One of these is that the place would be teeming with […]

June 29, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
with 7 Comments

Tim James: Is there any point to blind tastings?

It’s always useful to rehash old debates, if only because the audience is always widening, so I couldn’t resist last week responding to Michael Fridjhon’s claims about blind and sighted tastings (see here). Of course, when that particular debate happens, the almost inevitable conclusion from honest participants is that both methods have their advantages and […]

June 27, 2016
by Tim James
with 0 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: Blue wine and other gimmicks

Blue wine. That’s the latest craze. Or trend. Or gimmick. Call it what you will. It is exactly what it sounds like – wine that is actually blue. It’s made by Spanish wine company Gik, who collaborated with the University of Basque Country and the Azti Tecnecalia food research team to produce the blue wine […]

June 24, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
with 1 Comment
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