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Michael Fridjhon: Should we still care about ageing wine?

“And no man having drunk old wine desireth new; for he saith, ‘The old is good.’” The Gospels were clear on the value and importance of mature wine. Two thousand years later, in this, as in all matters intangible, there is less certainty. Retailers report that customers regularly reject the older vintages of a particular […]

July 27, 2016
by Michael Fridjhon
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Who’s making SA’s best wine and how much should you spend for it?

The market is not monolithic and for every consumer who wants light-bodied, low-alcohol, 100% whole-bunch fermentation Grenache which can be served from the fridge, there is equally somebody who wants a super-concentrated, 100% new oak matured Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux-style red blend to go with his 600g rib-eye. What is interesting, however, is that the […]

July 27, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: On being a taster for Platter’s

I’m so used to people thinking that tasting wines for Platter’s’s can only be a drunken, hedonistic delight that I was greatly pleased the other day when someone asked if it didn’t sometimes become just a chore. The experience, in fact, while not always pure delight, is often exciting, invariably at least interesting. Though the […]

July 26, 2016
by Tim James
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Marthélize Tredoux: Back to basics

There’s a real danger to regularly writing opinion pieces about the ins and outs of wine and the industry. The risk is that pointing out problems becomes too easy, while remaining light on suggesting solutions. Opinions are all well and good, and exchanging them sparks conversations that eventually help us figure out how to move […]

July 22, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: Will we ever see a wine from Judge Hlophe?

In my first – and, as it proved, incomplete – survey of the many lawyers involved in Cape wine production, two names I intentionally omitted (saving them for now) were those of the couple who founded Domaine Brahms in Paarl in the late 1990s. Gesie van Deventer is not now a lawyer – she’s still […]

July 18, 2016
by Tim James
with 1 Comment

Tim James: On lawsuits served and survived

Taking up the theme of lawyers in wine that I introduced last week (see here): I’ve been served lawsuits three times (none got to court) resulting from my comparatively youthful days when there was a gossip column in Grape magazine called “The Widow’s sour grapes”. Somehow I tended to get blamed for the old bag’s […]

July 11, 2016
by Tim James
with 4 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: More on wine gimmicks

My previous post touched on how gullible the wine industry (and wine consumer) can be when it comes to gimmicks, tricks and ploys dressed up some groundbreaking new product (see here). The best example of that was the Spanish blue wine craze that hit the internet recently. On reflection, I actually want to retract using […]

July 8, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Tim James: On lawyers in wine

I confess to a little knowledge of lawyers at their sharp end – the part that sends out invoices for services rendered. Mostly, I’m proud to say, to do with my being threatened with libel suits, but once – well, I try not to remember that one, but the charges were also dropped in that […]

July 4, 2016
by Tim James
with 8 Comments
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