André Morgenthal: Prospects for Elgin

“Your yield from apples is six times more per hectare than from wine grapes.  If you don’t have a premium wine brand in Elgin, you should rather be farming apples”, says Brad Gold, marketing manager of Oak Valley, one of the property in this ward.  James Downes of Shannon Vineyards concurs, saying “We have to […]

December 7, 2016
by Andre Morgenthal
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Tim James: On the significance of fashion in wine

Fashion in wine is a slippery concept. I realised this as I tried to grasp it, or at least some strands of it, prompted by reading Michael Fridjhon’s recent Winemag discussion about wine-consumption differences between Gauteng and the Cape (see here). The first tricky element is the difference between fashionability and long-term trends – perhaps […]

December 5, 2016
by Tim James
with 2 Comments

Marthélize Tredoux: On the problem of the epithet that is “female”

Because the year hasn’t been filled with enough insanity, I’d like to up the ante by poking what might turn out to be a little hornet’s nest (depending on how frisky you all are feeling). This week, Vinepair published a piece by Vicki Denig “Why I Hate Female Sommeliers And So Should You”. Uh oh. […]

December 1, 2016
by Marthelize Tredoux
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Michael Fridjhon: Cape vs Gauteng wine culture

It’s long been recognised that the South African wine market is not homogenous in character. (This is even more evident in the broader liquor market: beverages traditional to a particular region continue to dominate consumption patterns – beer is stronger in the inland areas, white spirits in KZN etc). Still, when it comes to fine […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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The eternity that is 10 years in the wine industry

Having become the owner of a new, bigger home earlier in the year, my bound set of Wine magazines has come out of the garage and onto the bookshelf. What, I wondered, where the topics of the day 10 years ago? The December 2006 cover announced that Chamonix’s Gottfried Mocke had just been judged to […]

November 30, 2016
by Christian
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Tim James: In praise of Chenin Blanc

Oh, not another praise poem about chenin blanc, I hear you mutter. And bashfully acknowledge the unoriginality, and admit: oh, yes. Sometimes these things just strike us – and I’ve had recent opportunity to drink some varied, fine and interesting chenins (actually drink and not just taste – a comparatively arid experience). Mostly it was […]

November 28, 2016
by Tim James
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Tim James: Platter’s and the need for an organ of record

For some people, Platter’s South African Wine Guide is mostly a useful set of addresses and maps. For others (more, I trust) it’s a useful overview of achievements – though as challengeable in its judgements as any guide to something as much a matter of taste as wine is. And for some, Platter is fatally […]

November 21, 2016
by Tim James
with 6 Comments

Chardonnay: The chameleon of viticulture

Jay McInerney, the keynote speaker at this year’s Celebration of Chardonnay hosted as always by De Wetshof, is a US writer who made his name with a 1984 novel entitled “Bright Lights, Big City”, which features “a cocaine-using party-goer seeking to lose himself in the hedonism of the 1980s yuppie party scene”. What would the […]

November 16, 2016
by Christian
with 0 Comments
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