Verdejo – Spain’s answer to Sauvignon Blanc

The seventh annual Concours Mondial du Sauvignon took place in DO Rueda, Spain on 4 and 5 March –over 900 entries from 26 different countries with some 70 judges officiating including yours truly. The CM du Sauvignon is an offshoot of the bigger wine competition Concours Mondial de Bruxelles and is owned by Belgian company […]

March 16, 2016
by Christian
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Daisy Knowles: Some thoughts on Merlot’s place in the market

Merlot’s popularity among consumers is well documented. And yet it is so often regarded as sub-standard by critics. Merlot has been seen as the whipping boy in the world of wine for a long time; a variety in the shadows to its more prominent counterparts; a step sibling. To use a metaphor from dance, it […]

March 16, 2016
by Daisy Knowles
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Tim James: On the moon, tides and Waterkloof wines

Every now and then, when I get particularly disgusted at my scientific illiteracy, I grapple with a work of what is kindly called “popular science”. So I’ve just finished James Gleick’s masterly short account of Isaac Newton, eminent grand-daddy, I suppose, of the modern scientific understanding of the universe. By a neat coincidence, I had […]

March 14, 2016
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: SA wine needs to boost its sex appeal

In January of this year, our industry was told point blank that as far as the world is concerned, our image isn’t sexy. Brand SA isn’t sexy. Our wines aren’t thought of as sexy. An unfortunate sentiment. But not surprising. I’ve seen what the world sees. I’ve seen what we pump out to the globe […]

March 10, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Daisy Knowles: The importance of setting when it comes to drinking pleasure

To summarise three or four of your most memorable wine experiences when you are, shall we say, a regular partaker, is really quite tricky indeed. When not earning my bread and butter, I spend a large amount of time engaging in all things wine related – visiting the vast magnitude of wineries that the Western […]

March 9, 2016
by Daisy Knowles
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Where does SA fit in the American market?

The USA is the world’s largest wine consuming nation so understanding the complexities of this market is important for a local producer-wholesaler like Distell. Yesterday, Niel Bester, winemaker at Plaisir de Merle, the Paarl property owned by Distell, hosted a tasting featuring his wines up against US counterparts picked by the Distell’s US agent Terlato […]

March 1, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: Lammershoek looking good under new management

When I first found out, a few years back, that the famous footballer of the 1960s and 70s, Franz Beckenbauer, had joined the German consortium owning Lammershoek, I was asked to keep quiet about it. Well, that discretion is one of many things that have changed at Lammershoek in the past year or two, as […]

February 29, 2016
by Tim James
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The state of South African wine label design

Does South African wine packaging reflect the excellence of what most commentators agree is now appearing in the bottle? The second annual Wine Label Design Awards sponsored by Rotolabel and convened by Winemag.co.za were announced last night (full resuls HERE) and the feeling among the judges (Rebecca Constable of Woolworths, designers Sean Harrison of Whitespace […]

February 26, 2016
by Christian
with 1 Comment
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