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Malu Lambert: Interview with Jurgen Gouws of Intellego

I get the feeling that Jurgen Gouws is pretty much always smiling. Winemaker of his own Swartland label, Intellego, he moves through the world...

Tim James: Tasting SA’s priciest Chardonnay

It was only when checking my notes about the maiden release of Capensis Chardonnay (2014 vintage) that I realised its launch party was almost...

Some thoughts on wine prejudices

According to a recent comment on this site, I “score the lighter red wine styles rather low compared to the fuller bodied varieties...

Marthélize Tredoux: Influencers must fall

In September 2017, I first wrote about the “influencer” phenomenon and how it relates to wine marketing (see here). Looking back, I was quite...

Tim James: Update on the drought

In this drought year of 2018, with the wine-grape harvest now well under way in warmer regions and for earlier-ripening varieties, there are some...

Tim James: Wine’s two dominant styles and where to place Stellenbosch

As we experience in South African wine no less than elsewhere (and perhaps a bit more) there’s a “duopoly” in wine these days: two...

Tim James: Alcohol on labels and other regulations

There are, sadly and obviously, a vast number of things which I know I don’t know. But in a few paltry areas I feel...

Tim James: On “light reds”

There’s much to be said in favour of light wines. In fact, for a whole school of hipsters, both winemakers and wine drinkers, it...