Sensory overload

Five classic albums. Five great contemporary South African wines under R200. It could just fry your brain. Most of us have experience of wines showing differently according to context, so it’s not completely crazy to think that music would affect the perception of wine. Scientists put it down to “cognitive priming theory”, where the music […]

June 1, 2011
by Christian
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What makes a good wine judge?

Colleague Angela Lloyd wrote an article for the April issue of WineLand magazine on what makes a good wine judge. Towards this, she put a set of questions to various local and international judges. Here are my answers: 1) Why do you act as a judge? Having stumbled into wine writing, I quickly realised that […]

May 4, 2011
by Christian
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White wine, red wine and green wine

As featured in the April issue of Longevity: Organic wine. It’s attractive in terms of food safety (no harmful residues or additives) while also appealing to your conscience (good for the planet). Unfortunately, organic wine is necessarily a tiny category, if not an entirely empty concept. At stake is a subtle but important distinction between […]

May 3, 2011
by Christian
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Fire and brimstone and sulphites in wine

As featured in the Febraury/March issue of Longevity: There are many people who think that the sulphites and their supposed negative impact on health are God’s way of preventing them from enjoying wine too much. However, the role that sulphites play in our favourite beverage is very much misunderstood. Why are they there in the […]

May 3, 2011
by Christian
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Drunken diatribe No. 3

I originally wrote this back in 2003 on behalf of Wine magazine  a  few weeks after I wrote  off  a motor car. It remains one of the pieces of writing of which I am most proud: This being Valentine’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to praise the virtues of full phenolic ripeness. […]

April 27, 2011
by Christian
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New selection process for Cape Winemakers Guild auction wines

The Cape Winemakers Guild has announced that it has largely done away with peer review in determining which wines appear on its annual auction. Whereas previously a wine proposed for sale was subject to a blind tasting, Guild members voting to decide if it was up to standard, now all 43 members are entitled to […]

April 14, 2011
by Christian
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Restaurants to provide chauffeur services?

With a more responsible attitude to drink-driving finally starting to take hold in South Africa, restaurateurs report a significant decrease in turnover as diners order less wine in order to stay under the blood alcohol content legal limit (0.05g/100ml of blood). One way for restaurateurs to encourage their customers to be less abstemious is surely […]

April 12, 2011
by Christian
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Is SA Chenin Blanc really that good?

I’m still waiting for my April issue of Decanter to arrive in the letter box, but a recent posting on A Word from the Herd, the Fairview Wine blog alerted me to a tasting report in the UK magazine that is going to upset many local Chenin Blanc producers. Out of 155 wines tasted, Fairview’s […]

March 10, 2011
by Christian
with 3 Comments
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