Michael Fridjhon: Why it’s a good time to be in wine – five reasons to be optimistic about in 2018

It hasn’t been an easy year for South Africa, notwithstanding the ever-increasing excitement around our wines in many of the international markets. The local market is depressed, exchange rate fluctuations have taken some of the cream out of the foreign trades, the political situation is parlous and doesn’t look likely to improve for some time […]

November 29, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 2 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Is score inflation really more akin to currency devaluation?

A recent Twitter debate around the upward movement of wine scores (elsewhere called “score inflation” – though really it’s about currency devaluation) is much more important than a mere squabble between ratings agencies. Not all that long ago there were several scoring systems, from the five star rating arrangement of the Hugh Johnson and John […]

October 25, 2017
by Christian
with 1 Comment

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 towards transformation within the wine industry in the decade following the 1994 election. Directed by Akin Omotoso, an award winning film-maker whose technique here is to juxtapose interviews with many of […]

September 27, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 17 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Sommeliers and the state of restaurant wine service in SA

Ten years ago the word “sommelier” did not exist in the active vocabulary of any but the most wine-literate of South Africans. “Wine steward” was the jumped-up version of “wine waiter” but even in the best of establishments the maitre d’ would usually say – having taken the meal order – “should I send the […]

July 26, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 1 Comment

Michael Fridjhon: Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon – not waving but drowning

  Before the 20 or so producers who participated in the Stellenbosch Cabernet jamboree in Johannesburg earlier this month do themselves an injury by prolonged mutual back-thumping, they would do well to ask themselves if the undoubtedly successful event was not too little, too late. Roughly 150 guests each paid almost R1000 to attend an […]

June 28, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 5 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Time to overhaul the business of SA wine

We have a most curious wine industry: at present it enjoys greater visibility in more international markets than most other wine-producing nations, garnering more column centimetres from credible wine writers than any country exporting comparable volumes of premium wines, and yet it battles to survive. It is simple (and perhaps simplistic) to lay this all […]

May 31, 2017
by Christian
with 5 Comments

Michael Fridjhon: Is there a difference between authentic wine vs wine made to taste expensive?

What makes a wine “nerdy” – and for that matter, are these the same features which communicate authenticity? I recently – somewhat frivolously – wrote that “if you fancy yourself a wine geek, you dare not mention that you drank – let alone enjoyed – a bottle of Nederburg or even Diemersdal. You’re not supposed […]

April 26, 2017
by Michael Fridjhon
with 3 Comments

What constitutes “good” wine?

What constitutes “good” wine? It was a question I confronted yet again while officiating at the recent Wine Judging Academy, the annual three-day course convened by commentator Michael Fridjhon designed to hone critical sensibilities of wine professionals. As ever, those attending were all pretty good at forensic tasting, which is to say analysing what was […]

April 12, 2017
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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