Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: Winemaking that’s not about the money

When this platform was still in print, I embarked on a series called ‘Legends’. The aim was to profile the trailblazers and innovators who shaped the South African wine scene in the way we know it today. Those featured held positions across the entire spectrum of the industry, from viticulturists and wine makers to retailers […]

June 24, 2015
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Tim James: A visit to Gabriëlskloof and some thoughts on terroir

It’s a truism that, however significant sun, soil and slope are to wine, what the workers with vine and grapes do with terroir crucially affects what’s in the bottle. This was clear again to me recently at Gabriëlskloof – in the Overberg, not far from Bot River village – when I tasted a barrel sample […]

June 22, 2015
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Michael Fridjhon: Are wine listing fees anticompetitive?

“Are listing fees demanded by various on-consumption outlets bribes?” asks Michael Fridjhon in latest post on BDlive. “If the practice doesn’t add up to conditional selling, there is still something overtly anticompetitive about it,” he says, answering his own question. He also goes on to name names – Madame Zingara restaurant group charging R8 000 […]

June 19, 2015
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: Fighting wine snobbery

Hi. My name is Marthélize and I’m a wine snob. I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that if you’re reading this, you are one too. You might not let it show outwardly. You might not be the annoying, know-it-all incarnation of the wine snob. But if your interest in wine […]

June 18, 2015
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Tim James: A new “centre of wine excellence”

One of my favourite bits of wine ephemera is a fading and well-worn beige T-shirt with a picture of a bunch of grapes on the front and the words “The Hemelrand Centre for Wine Excellence”. The back just reads “Harvest 2013”; it was in that year that it was given to me – and I […]

June 15, 2015
by Christian
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Interview: British wine expert Steven Spurrier

From the June issue of Business Day WANTED: “Living legend” is one of those terms often applied too loosely but in the world of wine that is exactly what Steven Spurrier is. He is the man behind the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 (or the “Judgment of Paris” as it came to be known), an […]

June 12, 2015
by Christian
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Interview: Hannes Nel of Lourensford

From the June issue of Business Day WANTED: On the edge of Somerset West, at the foot of the Helderberg mountains, lies businessman Christo Wiese’s vast estate called Lourensford. It’s 4 000ha in size with some 110ha under vineyard and the man tasked with turning the grapes into wine is 37-year-old Hannes Nel. Nel started […]

June 12, 2015
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Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: On wine recommendations

There’s a certain scene in my life that seems to play out on repeat. I’m at a dinner party where the host is making the obligatory introductions: for all the other careers I manage between 8 and 5 I still get introduced as “the wine writer”. This title elicits a certain expectation from dinner party […]

June 12, 2015
by Christian
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