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Marthélize Tredoux: Scientific literacy and the difference between fact and opinion

Recently, I was part of a discussion where a viticulturist was explaining how to handle leaf roll virus infection in the vineyard - monitoring...

Tim James: On Gabriëlskloof as a centre of excellence

When Chris and Suzaan Alheit shared their Hemel-en-Aarde cellar with Peter-Allan Finlayson of Crystallum, and more briefly with John Seccombe of Thorne & Daughters,...

Michael Fridjhon: Should we still care about ageing wine?

“And no man having drunk old wine desireth new; for he saith, 'The old is good.'” The Gospels were clear on the value and...

Who’s making SA’s best wine and how much should you spend...

The market is not monolithic and for every consumer who wants light-bodied, low-alcohol, 100% whole-bunch fermentation Grenache which can be served from the fridge,...

Tim James: On being a taster for Platter’s

I’m so used to people thinking that tasting wines for Platter’s’s can only be a drunken, hedonistic delight that I was greatly pleased the...

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...

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...

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...