Tim James: Shifts in the national vineyard

Could Robertson soon become known as the Valley of Wine, Roses and Lemons? A wine-producer from the area was telling me recently that Robertson vineyards are being pulled up with increasing alacrity and replaced, in many instances, with lemons. I’ve heard this lemon story before, and it seems (or so I’m told) that the newish […]

June 5, 2017
by Christian
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Michael Fridjhon: Time to overhaul the business of SA wine

We have a most curious wine industry: at present it enjoys greater visibility in more international markets than most other wine-producing nations, garnering more column centimetres from credible wine writers than any country exporting comparable volumes of premium wines, and yet it battles to survive. It is simple (and perhaps simplistic) to lay this all […]

May 31, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On Bloemcool and a few other innovations from Fairview

Cauliflower and wine? Not a pairing with intuitive appeal – but they’re closer than you might think, at least at Fairview in Paarl. It probably wasn’t a bad idea, many decades back, to change the home farm’s name from the somewhat less mellifluous Bloemkoolfontein (cauliflower fountain). But also not a bad idea to more recently […]

May 29, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Is the wine industry getting the most out of social media?

Let’s talk about information overload. The internet as we know it (via the World Wide Web) has been with us for 28 years. The growth of the internet itself over a period as short as the last five years is staggering: Internet users have grown by 82% (1.7 billion people, or approaching 1 million new […]

May 29, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Why trying to make wine less snobby is futile

Should the wine industry work harder to position wine as a lifestyle beverage rather than the special interest preserve of a few elites? Silwervis Wines was started in the spirit of “healthy rebellion” that the now defunct Swartland Revolution epitomized by winemaker Ryan Mostert and partner Samantha Suddons, financial whizz Michael Roets and wine retailer […]

May 24, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: On the effect of ever increasing wine prices

The upward-spiralling international price of the finest wine may have a much deeper effect than merely limiting the ordinary wine lover’s access to them. It’s possibly even causing some significant changes in the world wine market, in the way that wines are being made and enjoyed. I’m thinking of the role played in that market […]

May 22, 2017
by Tim James
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Q&A: Thelema’s Rudi Schultz on Shiraz

Thelema, situated on the Helshoogte Pass in Stellenbosch, is a family owned and managed wine estate and the home of Thelema and Sutherland Vineyards wines, the latter from Elgin grapes. Rudi Schultz has been winemaker there since 2000 and we spoke to him about his experience working with Shiraz. Thelema is known for its Cabernet […]

May 15, 2017
by Christian
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Tim James: The difference between how normal people and critics taste

When I was taught the Cape Wine Academy approved method of tasting wine, scoring (out of 20) was inevitably part of the process. The tasting sheets had columns for rating appearance, nose and palate, and the total score. Various systems have degrees of elaboration on this sort of additive procedure. I can’t, however, remember when […]

May 15, 2017
by Tim James
with 0 Comments
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