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Michael Fridjhon: How well does South Africa’s best wine compare to...

It started as a half-frivolous question posed by foreign investors already involved with the Cape wine industry: How well do SA wines stack up...

Michael Fridjhon: What’s really going on in SA wine

The drought years have – officially at least – given the wine industry cause for pause, to take stock of itself, and its probable...

Michael Fridjhon: Does government neglect hinder or help SA wine?

The political environment of South Africa makes it very difficult for even the most delusional amongst us to feel optimistic about the economy, and...

Michael Fridjhon: SA’s two big wine auctions under scrutiny

I've been attending wine auctions for longer than most of the winemakers in South Africa have been alive. I missed the first Nederburg Auction...

Michael Fridjhon: 100-point scores, cultural cringe and imperial condescension

The pricing crisis of the South African wine industry worked its way towards a climax at Cape Wine 2018 earlier this month. DGB released...

Michael Fridjhon: Can anything be done to save sweet wines?

At a recent and very generous dinner party in Australia a few weeks back, an array of fine Burgundies (which would have put the...

Michael Fridjhon: What future for the New Wave?

Those who are serious about South African wine cannot fail to be excited about the dynamic energy which courses through every aspect of the...

Michael Fridjhon: Do consumers need wine experts?

It would take someone as ballsy or as deranged as the WineMag editor to pose the question that lurks everywhere that wine quality is...