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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...