Marthélize Tredoux: The science behind herbicides and pesticides

This week I want everyone to buckle up for a quick science lesson. In the conventional versus organic farming debate, I keep seeing basic terms used, abused and misappropriated – more often than not to push an agenda. So for the sake of all that is accurate (and by extension to me as a scientist, […]

March 10, 2017
by Christian
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Marthélize Tredoux: The Missing Middle

Yesterday, a piece by Michael Fridjhon was posted which neatly summed up what I’ve been tripping over for a few years now. He described two distinct faces of our wine industry, and touched on the problem of very little wine media being in play. Upon reading this last night, I dumped my planned topic for […]

February 23, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Marthélize Tredoux: Disruption – Why so difficult?

The story of an Oregon-based winemaker who adopted an atypical strategy to market and sell one of his wine labels came to my attention recently. Mark Tarlov sells his Alit label directly to the consumer – completely circumventing traditional distribution in the process. Direct-to-consumer sales in itself isn’t groundbreaking, but this winemaker has taken a […]

January 26, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Marthélize Tredoux: The plan for 2017

New Year, New You! Oh, no. Wait. Wrong audience. New Year, New Wine? Nope. That doesn’t make sense. Never mind. It’s 2017. Harvest has started. The game is on. I have always loved he old year/new year changeover. In reality, nothing really changes. If you are fortunate enough to take some time off (a few […]

January 12, 2017
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Marthélize Tredoux: On the problem of the epithet that is “female”

Because the year hasn’t been filled with enough insanity, I’d like to up the ante by poking what might turn out to be a little hornet’s nest (depending on how frisky you all are feeling). This week, Vinepair published a piece by Vicki Denig “Why I Hate Female Sommeliers And So Should You”. Uh oh. […]

December 1, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Marthélize Tredoux: Is rosé really worth taking seriously?

I have previously written about my loathing-turned-loving relationship with rosé wines. And for the past few years I have genuinely loved drinking pink. I prefer to think that the rekindling of my relationship with rosé began before the popular resurgence, but honestly I’m not sure. Perhaps I was influenced by the deluge of promoted pinks […]

November 16, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Marthélize Tredoux: It’s not all bad news

It feels like everyone I know is collectively suffering from that special brand of fatigue that sets in around October. End-of-year-itis. My mind keeps conjuring up an image of a wet rag being wound up tightly and every last drop wrung out. That sums up what this year is doing to me right now. I’m […]

October 31, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Marthélize Tredoux: Who drinks what and why?

I spend a lot of time thinking about discrepancies in the wine industry. Things I observe that seem like gaps – gaps in reasoning, or practice, or simply in attitude. Some on the part of producers, some on the side of the customers (or consumers – which word are we using this week?). Sometimes even […]

October 14, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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