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SA vs Rest of World Wooded Sauvignon Blanc/Sauvignon Blanc-Semillon tasting

On Saturday, the fourth annual South Africa vs the Rest of the World tasting organized by Tim Atkin and Samantha O’Keefe of Lismore in...

Tim James: Tasting the new releases from Craven Wines

David Clarke, a humorous man, mentioned a chat he’d had with Mick Craven, like him an Australian married to a markedly attractive South African...

Jean Vincent Ridon: A note on sommelier training

Michael Fridjhon's recent article highlighting the up and downs of sommeliers culture in South Africa was a useful reminder to us all that very...

Tim James: Viniculture and Literature on a Saturday Evening in Suburbia

I love it when different interests mine of come together in some way – collide, merge, glare at each other, or whatever. It happened...

Tim James: The language(s) of labels

Following my piece some months ago about accuracy in what labels say about alcohol levels, I had an email from Peter May (the great...

Marthélize Tredoux: Is the wine trade speaking the same language as...

An article by Richard Siddle of trade site TheBuyer.net popped onto my radar this week. In it, he questions the current language of wine...

Malu Lambert: Interview with Nic van Aarde of Warwick

Nic van Aarde is wearing a black t-shirt emblazoned in gold with the words "Warwick Harvest 2018". Noticing my look, he says with a...

Why we probably all miscalculate Robert Parker’s influence

Prominent US wine critic Robert Parker rose to fame when he called the 1982 vintage in Bordeaux superb contrary to the opinions of many...