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KWV The Mentors and its standing in the marketplace

With the operational assets of liquor business KWV Holdings sold by empowerment giant Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI) to drinks industry veteran Vivian Imerman of...

Tim James: On Samuel Pepys and home blending

This is not at all what I intended to write about. In fact I had almost finished an earnest and highly enthusiastic little piece...

What to buy at the Nederburg Auction 2016

The Nederburg Auction, which has run since 1975, bills itself as “(a) unique event showcasing South Africa's finest wines”. After it appeared that the...

Tim James: On wine allocations

There are various ways of coping with a demand that exceeds supply. The basic method dictated by our splendid economic regime is, of course,...

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,...