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Tim James: On the Sadie New Releases (Part 2 – Ouwingerdreeks)

“2017 comes with much turmoil”, Eben Sadie announced at his latest trade tasting release. (I wrote here about the 2016 Columella and Palladius simultaneously...

Selling wine in a world that thinks Africa is a country

American talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel and team recently arranged a skit where they asked random US pedestrians to name any country on a map...

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...

Tim James: On the Sadie new releases (Part1)

“My new life is in the vineyards”, said Eben Sadie at a recent trade tasting of his new releases – the two signature blends...

Tim James: On the Difficulty of Describing Great Wine

I’m wondering why I find it easier to write about wines that I don’t much like than about those I love. The question is...

Tim James: On Varietal Labelling

The large majority of South African wine is labelled varietally – that is, the identifying name of a wine is, or at least includes,...

Beyond volume: What SA wine really needs is scalable brands

It’s interesting to note that the Badenhorst Secateurs Chenin Blanc 2017, a wine reported to be made in volumes of up to 170 000...

Joanne Gibson: On Cape wine during the 1660s

When the Cape’s first winegrower, Jan van Riebeeck, departed for VOC headquarters in Batavia in April 1662, his successor as commander was Zacharias Wagenaar...