Wine magazine was published from October 1993 until September 2011 and now lives on in digital form as Winemag.co.za.
After qualifying with a BCom from UNISA, Lahoud worked on the marketing and distribution of print media before stints at several publishing houses in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Lahoud’s media experience spans over 20 years, during which time she was instrumental in launching and re-positioning various magazines and their respective brand extensions. Immediately before taking over Winemag.co.za, Lahoud held the position of Getaway Publisher, Getaway Show Director and sat on the RamsayMedia board and EXCO team.
After graduating from Stellenbosch University with a BA Honours in philosophy, Eedes joined Wine magazine in 2000 and served as editor between May 2008 and December 2009. He has completed a wine evaluation course and a small-scale winemaking course under the auspices of the Department of Viticulture and Oenology at Stellenbosch University. His experience includes tasting for the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and Platter’s South African Wine Guide in addition to various other local and international competitions.
Tim James is one of South Africa’s leading wine commentators, contributing to various local and international wine publications. He is a taster (and associate editor) for Platter’s. His book Wines of South Africa – Tradition and Revolution appeared in 2013.
Michael Fridjhon has over thirty-five years’ experience in the liquor industry. He is the founder of Winewizard.co.za and holds various positions including Visiting Professor of Wine Business at the University of Cape Town; founder and director of WineX – the largest consumer wine show in the Southern Hemisphere and chairman of The Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show.
Joanne Gibson has been a journalist, specialising in wine, for over two decades. She holds a Level 4 Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust and has won both the Du Toitskloof and Franschhoek Literary Festival Wine Writer of the Year awards, not to mention being shortlisted four times in the Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards. As a sought-after freelance writer and copy editor, her passion is digging up nuggets of SA wine history.
Dr Anna Trapido was trained as an anthropologist at King’s College Cambridge and a chef at the Prue Leith College of Food and Wine. She has twice won the World Gourmand Cookbook Award.
Daisy Jones has been writing reviews of Cape Town restaurants for ten years. She won The Sunday Times Cookbook of the Year for Starfish in 2014. She was shortlisted for the same prize in 2015 for Real Food, Healthy, Happy Children. Jones has been a professional writer since 1995, when she started work at The Star newspaper as a court reporter.
Greg Sherwood was born in Pretoria, South Africa, and as the son of a career diplomat, spent his first 21 years travelling the globe with his parents. With a Business Management and Marketing degree from Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA, Sherwood began his working career as a commodity trader. In 2000, he decided to make more of a long-held interest in wine taking a position at Handford Wines in South Kensington, London and is today Senior Wine Buyer. He became a Master of Wine in 2007.
Using the 100-point quality scale, inline with international convention, Winemag.co.za convenes top-end blind category tastings and publish various in-depth Reports annually.
After obtaining a BCom from the University of Stellenbosch, Roland Peens immediately found his way into the wine industry. He has worked in marketing, retail, exports and as a sommelier before joining Wine Cellar, merchants and cellarers of fine wines. He is a partner and has been the director since 2005. Local and international study as well as regular travel have added to his extensive insight into the wine world. He tasted for Platter’s South African Wine Guide from 2007 to 2010.
James Pietersen is SA portfolio manager for Wine Cellar, merchants and cellarers of fine wine. He was previously a wine buyer for the Vineyard Connection and head sommelier for the Slick Restaurant Group. Other experience includes tasting for the Platter’s South African Wine Guide and the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show and he was also a board member of SASA (South African Sommelier Association).
Ndabezinhle Dube joined the Vineyard hotel in 2009 as a barman and quickly identified wine as a particular interest. He worked up the ranks becoming a sommelier and maître d’ and is now a senior restaurant manager overseeing the hotel`s wine portfolio and events. He has a B. Bus Admin in Finance & Sociology degree from UNISA, a certificate in Wine Business Management from PGDip UCT Graduate School of Business (short course) and has also completed WSET 1 – 3 & Cape Wine Academy courses.
Using the 100-point quality scale, two panels of three judges, under the chairmanship of Christian Eedes, blind taste and score wines in the Best Value Tasting across various categories annually.
Joanne Gibson is an award-winning wine writer whose passion is digging up nuggets of South African wine history. Formerly the deputy editor of WINE magazine, she received her Level 4 Diploma from the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in 2003 while working for Harpers Wine & Spirit magazine in London.
Ndabezinhle (Ndaba) Dube joined the Vineyard hotel in 2009 as a barman and quickly identified wine as a particular interest. He worked up the ranks becoming a sommelier and maître d’ and is now the Food & Beverage manager at the newly opened Blaauwberg Beach Hotel in Blouberg overseeing the overall department`s wine portfolio and events. He has a B. Bus Admin in Finance & Sociology degree from UNISA, a certificate in Wine Business Management from PGDip UCT Graduate School of Business (short course), Hospitality Leadership Management course from PGDip UCT Graduate School of Business and has also completed WSET 1–3 & the Wine Judging Academy (Michael Fridjhon) Certification of Competence with Distinction.
Jeanri-Tine van Zyl is the Director of Feed That Bird Communications Consultants. She is a qualified journalist holding the degrees of B.Phil Journalism from the University of Stellenbosch, supported by a M.Soc.Sc in International Relations from UCT. Van Zyl entered the wine industry as a junior journalist at Wine Magazine in 2008 and later qualified to serve as wine judge on the magazine’s monthly wine tasting panels. Career highlights include a first-in-class honours from the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging Academy, serving as an Associate Judge on the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show, judging alongside Joe Wadsack at Veritas 2016, and qualifying for Team South Africa 2017 at the World Blind Tasting Championships.
Malu Lambert is an award-winning wine journalist. She is the wine editor of Food & Home and writes for numerous other titles on the subjects of wine and food. Malu has achieved Level 3 via WSET and is a graduate of the Michael Fridjhon Wine Judging School. She also owns FABLE: a story-telling, social media and copywriting company. Follow her on @MaluLambert
Kenyan born Spencer Fondaumiere is an ASI (Association de la Sommellerie Internationale) certified Sommelier, and vice chair of the South African Sommeliers Association. He is currently sales manager at Warwick wine Estate. Prior to this he gained vast experience in hospitality having worked as a chef in Kenya and as Operations manager and Sommelier for the Burrata group of restaurants. He has contributed on tasting panels for various competitions since 2016.
Jolette Steyn, a winemaker by trade, manages the fine wine sales at Wine Cellar since 2018. She holds a BSc (SA) and MSc (Europe) in Oenology & Viticulture and started her own winemaking project in 2018. She has fourteen harvests on four continents under her belt, speaks four languages, holds a distinction WSET Level 3 and passed the celebrated Michael Fridhjon Wine Judging Academy. She’s judged wine competitions locally and abroad, and was a member of Team SA in the World Blind Tasting Championships, having won the SAWTC Cape Town event in 2017 & 2018.
Samuel Ross was hit by the wine bug in 2011 after he completed the Introduction to Wine course at the Cape Wine Academy. Since then Samm has worked in hospitality and retail in various food and beverage departments. He is currently the assistant sommelier at La Petite Colombe in Franschhoek.
Tayla Kirschner has close on a decade of wine experience, from working abroad at a Wine & Spirits Museum, to one of SA’s most prestigious vineyards, to currently working at the Sommeliers Academy. Tayla has the Cape Wine Academy and WSET Level3 under her belt plus a passion for wine and a desire to share the love through education with a lasting impact on everyday life.
Karen Gladfield has had a passion for wine dating back to her youth and has been working in the wine industry since she moved to Cape Town in 2004. Karen studied at Cape Wine Academy, University od Stellenbosch and UCT Graduate School of Business and has judged on various wine panels since 2010. Karen works as wine tour guide, visiting wine estates regularly and encourages her guests to sip, savour and share wine.