SA vs Californian Cabernet Sauvignon

A sign of the growing confidence among local winemakers is that they are more prepared to put their own wines up against the best from elsewhere in the world in an open forum than ever before. Yesterday, Razvan Macici, until now Nederburg cellarmaster but soon to be Distell’s head winemaker, hosted a benchmarking exercise which […]

June 9, 2015
by Christian
with 7 Comments

Tim James: Blending – when more is more

Thoughts about wine blends have been sloshing around my head just recently, as I’ve been thinking about a tasting of them (a wide variety of local red examples) that I’m presenting this Wednesday at the Hermanus Fyn Arts festival. I suspect, first of all, that South African winemakers show an interest in blending different varieties […]

June 8, 2015
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Marthèlize Tredoux: In defence of Genetically Modified Organisms

Let’s talk bananas. Grab a banana from your fruit bowl. Unless you import from Malaysia or Thailand, it will be a Cavendish – the main commercial cultivar. 60 years ago, it would have been a Gros Michel. In the 1950s, the majority of commercial plantations were wiped out in South America and Africa by a […]

June 5, 2015
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Interview: Spencer Fondaumiere – manager and sommelier at Burrata restaurant

How did you become interested in wine? On my first visit to Cape Town from Kenya, I went wine tasting as a thing to do for a tourist. I was fascinated by how much was going on in a single glass, how each variety was unique. At the time I only knew of two wines, […]

June 4, 2015
by Christian
with 2 Comments

Tim James: Thinking about Cabernet and Cinsaut

I had an interesting discussion at the Neil Ellis winery last Friday, waiting for the start of a tasting (including a new, fine and expensive wine called Webb Ellis 2010 – of which more some other time). In the first place, the chat involved me being a little more gung-ho about Stellenbosch wine in general […]

June 1, 2015
by Tim James
with 3 Comments

Marthèlize Tredoux: The “supertaster” phenomenon

The global wine industry is expected to be worth around $303 billion by 2016. The global restaurant industry is forecast to reach a value of $2.1 trillion this year. A dizzying amount of money. Both industries built almost exclusively on a single sense: taste. The sense of taste is a remarkable one, arguably the most […]

May 20, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 4 Comments

Tim James: Describing character trumps scoring

Seems to be wine competition season again – which I’m not involved in, beyond curmudgeonly comment from the sidelines – but also looming is the task of tasting for the 2016 Platter’s Guide, in which I am involved. That’s a rather different process, but sharing the tricky job of rating wines. The 100-point system is […]

May 18, 2015
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Interview: Kathryn Rae – Indochine Restaurant Wine Stewardess

How did you become interested in wine? A boy. Need I say more? I used to date someone who worked in the Oenology lab at Stellenbosch University for extra credit and when he travelled to farms to gather samples, I would end up speaking to winemakers, farm labourers, restaurant and hotel staff and so on. […]

May 12, 2015
by Christian Eedes
with 0 Comments
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