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Platter’s 2018 – trying to be all things to all people?

So the 2018 edition of Platter’s South African Wine Guide is out – 111 wines out of over 8 000 wines featured rating 5...

Tim James: Platter’s wineries of the year and their vineyards

Bruwer Raats made rather a good short speech on Friday evening, as he collected his certificate for Raats Family Wines as the Platter’s Wine...

Tim James: Are producers getting ahead of themselves when it comes...

It’s so often that we’re told how underpriced South African wine is, that it makes an interesting change to see a different viewpoint expressed...

What annual event is going to be the next Swartland Revolution?

It looks like the Swartland Heritage Festival will pick up where the Swartland Revolution left off.  Set to take place on Friday 3 and...

Michael Fridjhon: Is score inflation really more akin to currency devaluation?

A recent Twitter debate around the upward movement of wine scores (elsewhere called “score inflation” - though really it's about currency devaluation) is much...

Marthélize Tredoux: On moving SA wine forward

As we approach the end of the year, I feel like I’ve run out of topics to tackle. Calendar-induced writer’s block. I glance back at...

Tim James: On Rosé

Rosé still seems to rate as an international success story. In Britain, apparently, summer sales have been boosted by the popularity of a drink...

Tim James: More on 19th century wine labels

Here are three more examples from the small collection of late 19th century labels bought by Hennie Taljaard from an American dealer – I...
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