Topical pic: 5 Star tasting for Platter’s 2011 completed

Judging of the wines nominated for 5 Stars to appear in Platter’s 2011 was completed yesterday at the Devon Valley hotel in Stellenbosch. There were a total of 150 wines in the running, and tasters were divided into three panels, each panel assessing different categories. How many wines achieved the guide’s ultimate accolade? Now that […]

August 21, 2010
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Topical pic: WineX Cape Town in terminal decline… or not

Much has been made of  RMB WineX Cape Town being reduced from three to two nights this year, but I attended on Thursday night and report that rumours of its death are greatly exaggerated. While there were some high-profile producers conspicous by their absence, you could still taste the likes of Cape Point Vineyards, Hamilton […]

August 21, 2010
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Topical pic: WINE magazine Chardonnay tasting under way

This year’s Chardonnay tasting to be reported on in the November issue of WINE magazine has attracted 173 examples (28 unwooded and 145 wooded) submissions compared to 150 (19 unwooded and 131 wooded) in 2009. The panel is Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, wine writer Angela Lloyd, Woolworths wine selector Allan Mullins, JD Pretorius, […]

August 17, 2010
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Topical pic: Judging for WINE magazine’s 2010 Best Value Wine Guide under way

Tasting for WINE magazine’s 2010 Best Value Wine Guide  began this week, entries for possible inclusion amounting to 969 compared to 1 093 in 2009. Judges include Christine Rudman CWM in the capacity of floating chair, Carrie Adams of Johannesburg retailer Norman Goodfellows, Ginette de Fleuriot of Wineworx, Gawie Marx, general manager of the Grande […]

August 4, 2010
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Death of the wine critic

UK wine commentator Robert Joseph writes on The Joseph Report: “Professional wine writers naturally hate being pushed off the perch by unqualified colleagues, but to be brutally frank, the discomfiture of these writers is not the concern of wine producers and distributors. Their challenge lies in finding ways to make their product, the place they […]

July 25, 2010
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Topical pic: Amorim Cork Cap Classique Challenge tasting completed

Judging for the 2010 Amorim Cork Cap Classique Challenge to be reported on in the October issue of WINE magazine was completed yesterday. This year’s competition attracted 78 submissions compared to 70 in 2009. For the first time in the competition’s nine-year history, the panel featured two international judges, namely Hervé Dantan, Chef de Cave of […]

July 21, 2010
by Christian
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Global Trader Shiraz Challenge 2010 results

Results of the Global Trader Shiraz Challenge 2010 convened by WINE magazine were announced earlier today during a function held at Catharina’s restaurant at the Steenberg hotel in Constantia. There were 184 entries received in total and the overall winner was Provenance 2007 made by Dewaldt Heyns of Saronsberg in Tulbagh and the best value […]

July 15, 2010
by Christian
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Topical pic: WINE magazine Bdx-style red blend tasting under way

This year’s Bordeaux-style red blend tasting to be reported on in the September issue of WINE magazine  has attracted 115 submissions compared to 123 in 2009. The panel is myself, Ginette de Fleuriot of Wineworx, Charles Hopkins, winemaker at De Grendell in Durbanville, Bernard Le Roux, winemaker at Noble Hill in Paarl and restarateur Jonathan […]

July 6, 2010
by Christian
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