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Tim James: On Palomino

  Having enthused recently about one unfashionable white grape, clairette blanche, showing small signs of a Cape comeback at an ambitious level (see here), I’m...

Michael Fridjhon: Succession Crisis? What succession crisis?

There's no one who seriously disputes that the Cape wine industry has made enormous progress in the past decade. From playing serious catch-up after...

Marthélize Tredoux: Is the SA wine industry too segmented?

We came. We listened. But where does that leave us in terms of innovation? That’s the question I have been asking myself after the...

Talking Cinsaut

How prominently is Cinsaut set to feature in the South African wine industry’s future? Yesterday, a panel discussion and tasting of some leading examples...

How bankrupt is SA wine?

For all the advances in wine quality the South African wine industry has made in the last 20 years or so, there’s currently a...

Tim James: The stylistic vagaries of SA Port-style wines

I’ve been thinking, rather unfashionably, about port. Rather unseasonably too, perhaps, as we move into spring and most people seem to associate drinking fortified...

Tim James: On Clairette Blanche

Let me start by digressing. I was browsing today through R.U. Kenney’s biography - more a hagiography, really - of Abraham Perold, and paused...

Marthélize Tredoux: A little less conversation, a little more action

Innovate (verb): Make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas or products. In about two weeks’ time, representatives from all walks of...