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Michael Fridjhon: What do top-end wine prices really tell us?

It should be evident - from the flurry of articles about wine pricing - that my current soap-box issue is the concept of value...

Michael Fridjhon: SA wine’s essential problem – too many small producers,...

The impassioned pleas of the wine industry for an increase in the price of grapes or bulk wine have been based on the commercial...

Michael Fridjhon: Merlot, Shiraz and sales versus scores

There's nothing in the least bit homogenous about wine – not the soils which hold the vines, the climate which nurtures them, the way...

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...