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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...

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...

Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy 2018: Roll of Honour

The Michael Fridjhon Wine Academy, begun in 2007, is a three-day course where candidates are exposed to a range of top local and international...

Michael Fridjhon: Is the closure war coming to an end?

The debate around closures has been part of the world of wine for several decades, and like most matters where belief carries more weight...

Sound and thunder – what to make of the proliferation of...

Another measure of SA wine’s coming of age is the vast number of personalities and ventures seeking to deliver commentary and criticism. Inevitably, it’s only...

Michael Fridjhon: What’s a fair price to pay for a bottle...

There's an apparently irreconcilable issue around wine pricing in this country. VinPro's research shows that the majority of growers aren't breaking even on their...

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...

Michael Fridjhon: Where to for VinPro?

I suspect it's a thankless task trying to run VinPro, the wine producers' representative body. For a start, you are dealing with literally thousands...