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Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: Winemaking that’s not about the money

When this platform was still in print, I embarked on a series called ‘Legends’. The aim was to profile the trailblazers and innovators who...

Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: On wine recommendations

There’s a certain scene in my life that seems to play out on repeat. I’m at a dinner party where the host is making...

Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: On wines with soul

At a recent tasting of Stellenzicht’s range of wines we asked: can you taste the soul of a wine? Gregarious winemaker Guy Webber was standing...

Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: Airport drinking

While it’s generally accepted that certain foods are suited to certain wines, as the one enhances the other, very little is written on the...

Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: On drinking buddies

I can’t be friends with anyone who doesn’t drink. This is not a comfortable confession to make. Even an attempt at refining the admission...

Jeanri-Tine Van Zyl: On biodynamics and our place in the universe

American author Charles Bukowski wrote: “They say that nothing is wasted: either that or it all is.” I was reminded of this quote watching...

Jeanri-Tine van Zyl: How to cope in times of darkness

“2015 will be remembered as the year of slow boiling frog,” my friend observed, the wine glass in his hand outlined by faint candle...

Topical pic – Zonnebloem Cabernet 1971

Zonnebloem Cabernet 1971 as shown during a media preview of some of the wines to be sold at this year’s Nederburg Auction proved very...