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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...

Tim James: On the Alheit Vineyards labels

There would be little point, I think, in my setting forth a series of notes and comments on the latest range of Alheit wines,...

Tim James: On the Momento Wines new releases

Three winemakers make wine for their own labels at the Gabriëlskloof cellar in the Overberg: Peter-Allan Finlayson makes the home-farm’s wines as well as...

Tim James: On Chenin Blanc from the Cape and the Loire

The latest edition of World of Fine Wine, just recently released, carries the results of a rare tasting of top-flight chenin blanc from around...

Tim James: On the Thorne & Daughters new releases

John Seccombe is a winemaker who tends to pick grapes fairly early for his Thorne & Daughters range. His wines inevitably give an impression...

Malu Lambert: Interview with Rianie Strydom of Strydom Family Wines

Rianie Strydom has this way of focusing her attention on you that makes you feel that what you’re saying is important. A conversation with...

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...

Tim James: More on Cape wine’s increasing yields

A week ago, I whacked you with some statistics, showing that the Cape was producing ever-more wine from ever-fewer vines. I subsequently asked for...