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A visit to Weingut LacknerTinnacher

Judging for this year's Concours Mondial du Sauvignon is taking place in Styria, Austria. Yesterday a visit to LacknerTinnacher outside the village of Gamlitz...

Tim James: What to make of imported wine prices in SA?

Many South African wines are notably – sometimes substantially – less expensive at home than they are abroad and some at the top end...

Michael Fridjhon: Is the SA “Somm” movement losing momentum?

Several years ago the Cape Wine Academy launched a Cape Sommelier qualification – which turned out to be little more than an introductory course...

Tim James: Cheaper Syrahs

As most serious wine lovers agree, Cape white wines are generally superior category to Cape reds, and this is particularly relevant at the lower...

Tim James: A visit to Reyneke Wines (Part 2)

A few years back Reyneke Biodynamic Syrah offered perhaps the most extraordinary price:quality ratio in Red Cape wine. Sadly for us, Reyneke’s prices have...

Marthélize Tredoux: The Influencer debate – Part Deux

My previous piece (see here) seemed to churn things up in the PR/Marketing/“influencer” Twittersphere. The response was mixed, with plenty agreement, some comments about...

Old but not cold – introducing the Certified Heritage Vineyards seal

Christa von Le Chevallerie, whether because of her German extraction or not, generally comes across as unsentimental but she was clearly displeased with the...

Tim James: Different readings of the modern history of SA Chenin...

On Saturday, Christa von la Chevallerie’s Nuwedam Chenin Blanc 2017 became the first wine to be launched bearing the Certified Heritage Vineyards seal of...