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Marthèlize Tredoux: Time to insist on the blindfold?

I suppose at least one part of being a wine writer is to pontificate about why wine is such a widely adored tipple and...

Interview: Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines

From the March issue of Business Day WANTED: Shaggy of mane and large of frame, 44-year-old Bruwer Raats is one of the more irrepressible...

Tim James: Older whites

A little adventure with older local white wines began with Steenberg Semillon 2010. Five years is not, however, elderly for a serious, oaked wine...

Jeanri-Tine Van Zyl: On biodynamics and our place in the universe

American author Charles Bukowski wrote: “They say that nothing is wasted: either that or it all is.” I was reminded of this quote watching...

David Cope: How to name a wine

You're a winemaker. Now let's say you've made something good. In fact, it's a cracker. You've found some undiscovered vineyard and coaxed it into...

Marthèlize Tredoux: Who drinks wine?

Serious question. Who drinks wine? And why should we care? To be fair, it’s a complex question. I consulted the oracle of Google and...

Tim James: Cape Vintner Classification – a year or so on

Over a year ago – in December 2013 – a new association of Cape wine producers was formed: the Cape Vintner Classification (CVC). Most...

Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: How to cope in times of darkness

“2015 will be remembered as the year of slow boiling frog,” my friend observed, the wine glass in his hand outlined by faint candle...