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Will the Old Vine Project succeed?

Will the Old Vine Project, the Johann Rupert-funded project to preserve vineyards 35 years and older, succeed? Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines caused...

Michael Fridjhon: SA wine’s ongoing lack of transformation

I was privileged to attend a pre-release showing of a documentary entitled “The Colour of Wine” which dealt with the first very tentative steps...

Tim James: La Motte Hanneli R 2012 and the importance of...

Let me start with a generalised conclusion - one which shouldn’t need underlining but I’m afraid does. That is: if you’re going to spend...

Tim James: Parow brandy reviewed

South African brandy is excellent stuff, but it’s suffering, with steadily declining sales. By 2012, whisky (rising in popularity, like rum at a lower...

Marthélize Tredoux: Breakfast with Distell

This week, I along with some other wine media and industry members cracked an invite to have a sit-down with the head honchos at...

Tim James: SA’s best Syrah – not limited to the Swartland

I started pondering the state of syrah across the Cape regions when I read Christian Eedes’s recent remark that “the Swartland has pretty much...

Malu Lambert: Interview with Koen Roose of Spioenkop

Koen Roose is sitting inside his Elgin cellar at a wooden bench, stirring a bentonite mixture with an oversize whisk. I ask him what...

David Clarke: How restaurants can improve their year-round wine offering

With more and more of the top wines in South Africa moving to annual releases of "take-it or leave-it" allocations it is very useful...
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